Lilke his films, the much-awaited Rajinikanth special episode of Into the Wild With Bear Grylls aired on Monday night in Discovery channels has also emerged as a blockbuster.
Rajinikanth and Bear Grylls explored the wilderness of Bandipur National Park, where the actor not only climbed an old iron bridge, which was 50 feet above the ground but also crossed a water body.
The show was aired on 12 Discovery channels including Discovery Channel, Discovery HD, DTamil, Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD, TLC, TLC HD, Investigation Discovery, Investigation Discovery HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery Kids.
The premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD was available in eight languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and English.
Rajinikanth had suffered minor injuries while shooting for the episode. Speaking to ANI, the actor said: “I have finished the shooting of an episode of ‘Man vs Wild’. I have not received any wounds but just scratches due to little thorns, that’s it. I am alright.”
“All of us have that one person who completely changes your life, when you don’t even realise it. That was KB for me,” said the 69-year-old, paying tribute to his mentor — and with good measure — as the former director’s production house Kavithalayaa was instrumental in making this collaboration with Discovery Channel happen.
Into The Wild with Rajinikanth, the latest installment in the British adventurer’s many range of survival shows, follows heavily in the footsteps of Grylls’ previous Man vs Wild exploits with Narendra Modi in (“His sense of humour surprised me,” Grylls tells Rajinikanth about the Indian Prime Minister).
Fans got to watch Rajini in a never-seen-before avatar on the survival show, where he will be pulling off quite a few stunts. The actor balanced himself off a bridge, 50 feet above the ground, cross a ravine, and also spoke about water crisis.
A Twitter user posted: “Just watched the premiere. Wow! What a beautiful soul you are Thalaiva…so stylish and charming even in the woods”.
Another post said, “The tasks may not have been too tough… Still, Mr Rajinikanth at his age completed them! And all his talk was quite endearing. Good one, Bear Grylls!”