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UTV to showcase 'Stuntmen of Bollywood' on NGC

MUMBAI: NGC is pushing further with its localisation initiatives. Earlier this year it announced the latest Misson property Mission Udaan which is being done in conjunction with the Indian Air Force.

 

 

Now it will kickstart the series It Happens Only In India. This takes a look at occurences that are unique to this country. UTV has made the documentary Stuntmen Of Bollywood . This will air on 18 September at 9 pm as a part of the initiative. The one hour special took a year and a half to make and takes a look at the film stunt industry in India. UTV VP television content Monisha Singh says, "The stuntmen are the heroes behind the heroes. We thought that it would be good if we made a show that examined what their lives were like."

 

 

What the show reveals is that the safety factor is often ignored. While the big film stars get preferential treatment there is much less concern for the well being of a stunt person. The UTV crew did research by speaking to 800 stunt people.

The film focusses on Habib Haji whose journey as a motorcar stuntman is a story marked by heroism in the face of tragedy. His father was killed in a stunt accident. The show has several gripping moments including one where a motorcycle driver has to drive in between two carriages of a fast moving train.

Another special that will air in the It Happens Only In India band on NGC in the coming weeks is Spunky Monkey. India has close to a billion people – a huge population that spills out of cities, towns and villages. There is always a clamoring need for more land on which to build houses or grow food, and forests shrink rapidly in the face of this pressure.

While this may spell doom for most of India's wildlife, one species of monkey has come out of the forest and learned to survive as an urban animal. NGC follows the antics of the bonnet macaque, a monkey with a flamboyant hair style that has the ingenuity to exploit the Indian reverence toward them.

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