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‘Hiked across the Himalayas’

Man vs Wild TV host Bear Grylls wants to shoot in India for the show’s latest season, feels it thrives on tough situations.

tv Updated: Feb 20, 2011 13:33 IST
Serena Menon

It’s hard to miss this show. Not everyday do you get to watch a man get some sort of satisfaction out of putting himself in vague life threatening situations with Mother Nature, just to entertain his audience.

Bear Grylls isn’t normal. He is the host of TV show, Man Vs Wild on Discovery channel. “I consider what I do is my job,” he says. “I train hard because I’m not naturally fit. I’ve been training every since my army days. But a lot of the skills I use on Man vs Wild are about being inventive. It’s about being determined and having a sense of humour in difficult places.”

As part of the new season that began a few weeks ago in the 9 pm slot, Grylls is travelling to Australia’s Northern territory, the Republic of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains, a deserted island south of Papua New Guinea, the snowfields of the Canadian Rockies among other places. And India, too, is somewhere on that list.

“I have been to the Himalayas in India, I’ve done hiking there,” says Grylls. “I’d love to film in India. There are so many wild places and some great jungle locations. It’s got everything actually; huge mountains, amazing deserts... India’s on the list, and it’s on the goal.”

A few years ago, the TV show faced some criticism of it being preplanned. But Grylls denies that. “The show doesn’t have scripted scenes,” explains Grylls. “Otherwise, it would be much more together, probably. We get in there, and we film what happens. I’m not an actor, and I wouldn’t be very good with scripted scenes like that.”

Though initially he was skeptical about doing television altogether, it was the script of the show that lured him into the deal with the channel.

“I was doing the expeditions and had served in the army at that stage, but I didn’t really know anything about the TV side of it. Initially I said ‘no’, but finally we went ahead and did it, and, actually, it never felt like TV,” reveals the adrenaline lover.

Though he doesn’t know whether he can put a limit to the extent of ‘crazy’ on the content of the show, he does say, “I’m not going to be doing it at such an intense level forever, but that’s what I’ve always done in my life and that’s what I love. I love the outdoors and adventures, and I hope to always be doing it, maybe on just a different level.”