#MannKiBaat: PM Modi reveals how he communicated with Bear Grylls
The one question that Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn't evade in the past two weeks was- how he conversed with the British star anchor Bear Grylls on Discovery channel's recently-released Man vs. Wild episode, while speaking in Hindi? Clearing the air, PM Modi, during his monthly radio show, Mann Ki Baat, has revealed that it was because "technology was used extensively" during shooting.
For the uninitiated, PM Modi recently featured on a special episode of Discovery Channel's popular survival television-series, Man vs. Wild, hosted by British star host Bear Grylls. The said episode was shot in Uttarakhand's Jim Corbett National Park in February, this year. Now, PM Modi is the second world leader to have featured on the popular show, after US ex-President Barack Obama.
"Some people ask me, Modi ji, you were speaking in Hindi and Bear Grylls does not know Hindi, so how did you carry out such a fast conversation," PM Modi told the listeners, during the latest Mann Ki Baat episode. He revealed that many people doubted whether the episode was edited or shot several times to bring the said effect.
Brushing off the "mystery", PM Modi credited technology for the smooth communication. "The reality is that technology was extensively used for my conversation with Grylls during shoot," he said. "There was a cordless instrument in Grylls' ears that translated all that I spoke in Hindi into English. This is the amazing aspect of technology," he added. Listeners also lauded PM for his "fitness level."
This time, among the most number of comments for #MannKiBaat came on the episode of ‘Man Vs Wild’ including some interesting questions on how @BearGrylls and I conversed.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2019
I’ve answered them during today’s episode. pic.twitter.com/rHoVXh0nSL
Meanwhile, the hype surrounding the much-awaited episode of Man vs. Wild resulted in huge numbers for Discovery channel as it garnered the highest-ever ratings in the infotainment genre, and took Discovery (India)'s rankings for the week to Number 3, next to Star Plus and Zee TV. During the episode, PM Modi was seen traveling in a makeshift raft, and helping Grylls make a spear.
During today's Mann Ki Baat episode, PM Modi requested listeners to ensure cleanliness and stop using single-use plastics, on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). "When we celebrate Bapu's 150th birth-anniversary, we shall dedicate to him an India that is Open Defecation Free, and shall also lay foundation of a revolution against plastic," he said. He also urged listeners to participate in the 'Fit India Movement.'