Into the Wild with Thalaiva Rajini

Indian superstar Rajinikanth makes his television debut on ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’ on Discovery Channel, Singapore (Singtel Channel 202) tomorrow. 

Hot on the heels of a recent episode that featured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian film actor Rajinikanth will now be seen exploring the wilderness with British adventurer Bear Grylls.  

Rajini, fondly addressed as ‘Thalaiva’ (which roughly translates to head or chief) said, “Into The Wild is a truly unique show – at one level it offers adrenaline pumping action, while at another, the show lends itself beautifully to driving a specific purpose for the larger good of society”.

The special episode will also serve as a rallying call to appeal for water conservation in India, a cause that is close to Rajinikanth’s heart. 

Rajini believes this show on Discovery is a perfect platform to take the message of conserving water to every home across the country. Photo Courtesy: Discovery Channel
Rajini believes this show on Discovery is a perfect platform to take the message of conserving water to every home across the country. Photo Courtesy: Discovery Channel

“Last year, the show featuring Prime Minister Modi generated much desired attention on conservation of Wildlife; we are confident that the forthcoming episode featuring Rajinikanth will sensitise each one of us about conservation of water,” said Megha Tata, Managing Director - South Asia, Discovery. 

“The combination of Rajinikanth in a never seen before avatar and Bear Grylls’ edge of the seat challenges, will make the show a must watch for every Indian,” she added. 

The superstar with a four decade long successful showbiz career behind him said, “Every Indian will need to come forward and contribute in conserving water; this war has to be led at all levels including government, community as well as on the individual front.”

He believes this show is the perfect platform to take the message of conserving water to every home across the country.

Rajini has gained cult status, especially in Tamil Nadu, for being simple, and humble, though adored by millions for more than four decades.

Rajini poses with Bear Grylls during the shooting of the episode. Photo Courtesy: Twitter
Rajini poses with Bear Grylls during the shooting of the episode. Photo Courtesy: Twitter

Bear Grylls has previously hosted prominent celebrities such as then sitting American President Barack Obama, Kate Winslet, Roger Federer, Julia Roberts and many more.

“Bear Grylls has tested the survival skills of multiple celebrity guests, pushing them to their limits; I look forward to the survival challenge in the mesmerising wilderness of India,”said Rajini. 

“Our team is all very excited to work closely with Thalaiva! Much more than a cine star, Rajinikanth is a phenomenon who has captivated audiences across the world with his on-screen and off-screen work,” said Bear Grylls. 

“He has always shown such energy and flair in all he does and he will need that courage and determination again on our journey into the beautiful wilds of India,” the host added. 

The episode featuring the iconic Kollywood superstar is the first episode of a new format called ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’, produced by The Natural Studios and Banijay Asia. 

The episode featuring Rajini will air on Discovery Channel (Singtel Channel 202) on Saturday, 28 March at 9:55 PM. 

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Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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