Actor Akshay Kumar took to Twitter on August 31 to share the trailer of his upcoming episode of Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. In the latest episode, the actor explores the wilderness with British adventurer and host Bear Grylls.
"I visualised stiff challenges prior to Into The Wild... but Bear Grylls completely surprised me with the elephant poop tea. What a day," the Sooryavanshi actor tweeted.
The teaser of his show begins with Bear introducing Akshay as the ‘legend’ known for his action movies. “I am a reel hero, he is a real hero,” the actor is then heard saying in the clip.
Shot at Bandipur Tiger Reserve, 'Into The Wild with Bear Grylls and Akshay Kumar', will follow all military-style drills, with former British military personnel Bear Grylls taking charge along with fit and agile Akshay Kumar, son of a military officer, and as somebody who has donned multiple hats, including that of an actor, producer, martial artist, and philanthropist. It is here in the reserve that at one point the 52-year-old actor sips on the ‘elephant poop tea’ he has mentioned in his tweet.
Talking about shooting with Bear Grylls for the show, the actor termed the experience as a "humbling" one. "I have always admired Bear Grylls for his energy, passion and what he has stood for all these years, reported ANI.
It was a humbling experience being with him in the wild as he went about unfolding one challenge after another. It is different out there, as compared to movie sets, as there is no back-up - that sense of realism is very overpowering," said Akshay Kumar.
The episode will also raise awareness about a cause close to Akshay Kumar's heart:'Bharat Ke Veer', which is a fund-raising initiative by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
"What I found interesting about the show is how nicely purpose is incorporated in an entertaining, survival, and adventure led show. With regards to Bharat Ke Veer, it is a project, which remains close to my heart and I will continue to use all opportunities to help promote it with an aim to ensure that more and more countrymen become a part of it," he added.
Grylls on the other hand, lauded the Bollywood superstar's "humility" and his easy approach. "I did my homework prior to meeting Akshay, and knew he is a superstar, but what struck me the most during our time together, was his humility, his easy approach - he is, at heart, still that guy next door.
Lots of commonalities between the two of us - including passion towards fitness, dedication to family et al, I really enjoyed being with him," said Grylls. Akshay's eyes lit-up with the mention of a new challenge and believe me, not many celebrities, across the world, have reacted so warmly to some harsh tasks that I can conjure," added Grylls.
The buzz around Akshay Kumar's episode is immense as the show featuring PM Modi generated historic high ratings for the infotainment genre whereas 'Into The Wild with Rajinikanth' is the second-highest-rated show ever in the genre.
The special show will premiere on September 11 on Discovery Plus App and September 14 on DiscoveryChannel.
---With inputs from ANI