On Independence Day, National Geographic Channel will air The President’s Bodyguard, an exclusive documentary on one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army. The film premiere on the channel at 9 pm, and will also be available on Hotstar.
Commenting on the Nat Geo documentary, the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, said, “Ceremonial occasions like the Republic Day parade, the President’s address to Parliament, oath-taking ceremony of a new President, or receiving a visiting head of state, are watched keenly in India and abroad.”
“The President’s Bodyguard displays the best traditions of discipline and skills of our Armed Forces. Their flawless turn-out and impressive bearing speak for the heritage of our country, and our Armed Forces. But behind their skills, while standing erect or on horse-back, is years of hard work and the relentless pursuit of perfection. These are untiring, dedicated and brave soldiers – as good as the best in the world. I am very proud of them,” the Hon’ble President said.
Watch the legacy behind the President’s Bodyguard — the oldest regiment in the Indian Army — on Wednesday, August 15 at 9 PM on National Geographic India. A ringside view of the PBG’s professional excellence, rigorous training and service to the Nation
A special screening of National Geographic’s The President’s Bodyguard also took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 14, 2018. The event was graced by The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, and attended by representatives from several ministries and the Forces.
The President’s Bodyguard is the oldest surviving mounted unit and is one of the senior-most regiments of the Indian Army. The regiment, which has 245 years of great legacy, and is made up of almost 200 soldiers, represents supreme and selfless service. Be it the Republic Day Parade or the President’s swearing-in ceremony, these men have upheld glorious traditions that have been passed on to generations many times over the last two hundred years.
Uday Shankar, President of 21st Century Fox, Asia; and Chairman & CEO of Star India, said, “The President’s Bodyguard is the story of India’s historic and heritage cavalry unit, and one of the senior most regiments of the Indian army. Its glorious history of service to the nation and pursuit of excellence makes it unique and we are incredibly proud of bringing its story to our viewers. National Geographic, over many years, has showcased history, science, geography and cultures around the world and is the only platform which can do justice to the rich legacy of these untiring, dedicated and brave soldiers and their military traditions.”
National Geographic channel does have a rich, laudable heritage of powerful storytelling of the brave Indian Armed Forces. Way back in 2003 National Geographic pioneered a partnering with various branches of the Indian Armed Forces to bring to viewers access to the forces like they had never seen before. It was a first for the Indian Television Industry. In that year, National Geographic’s ‘Mission Everest’, which featured the Indian Army, was India’s first televised reality adventure, and it marked 50 years of Mt Everest’s ascent.
From that beginning, National Geographic took further its legacy of bringing exclusive content on all three arms of the Indian Armed Forces – Indian Air Force, Indian Navy & Indian Army. And along with giving viewers exclusive access to the brave forces, National Geographic also told their stories in powerful, cinematic style, making viewers connect with our nation’s bravest men and women. A testament to this was when National Geographic’s exclusive documentary ‘BSF – India’s First Line of Defence’, broke viewership records, and premiered as the most watched show of the Infotainment genre.
So, on the night of the 72nd Independence Day of India, remember to watch The President’s Bodyguard, which premieres on National Geographic at 9 pm.
I certainly will.