British adventurer Bear Grylls, who recently shot an episode of his Discovery channel show ‘Man vs Wild’ with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Corbett, once had to apologise for misleading viewers of his show ‘Born Survivor’.
In the show, Grylls had presumably been abandoned in the wild, but a programme consultant claimed he actually stayed in a motel and scenes were set up for him.
"If people felt misled on how the first series was represented, I'm really sorry for that," Grylls had told the BBC in March 2008.
The inconsistencies in the show had been raised by US survival consultant, Mark Weinert, who told ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper that Grylls spent nights in a motel in Hawaii when he was claimed to be stranded on a desert island.
The Discovery Channel had admitted that "isolated elements" were not "natural to the environment".
In his defence Grylls said: “The truth is much less exciting. We film these things over six days and, after filming the night stuff, we're back with a crew in a base camp lodge - whether it's a tented camp in the Sahara or in Sumatra poncho'd up in the jungle.”
"Yes, we had a lot of those (made up scenes), but when we are filming the live night stuff, we are out," the BBC quoted him as saying.
Nevertheless, one thing is clear – everything that you see on Man vs Wild is not “real” or “wild” and there could well be some (or too many) orchestrated scenes canned in a control environment.
The episode featuring PM Modi will be aired tonight at 9 pm. Modi was also criticised by the Opposition for continuing to shoot the episode despite the deadly Pulwama terror aatck earlier in the day in which 40 CRPF personnel had lost their lives.