Discovery Channel is launching a special series on the Indian Submariners under its Breaking Point Franchise. This is the second series under the franchise and this is the first time that any private broadcaster will showcase a TV series on the underwater warriors of the Indian Navy - the submarine arm which just celebrated its golden jubilee anniversary in December 2017.
The show will be simultaneously launched on television (Discovery Channel) and digital (Veer) on March 19 at 9 pm. The first of this franchise was Breaking Point: Commando School Belgaum released in 2017.
“Breaking Point is an existing franchise. Very little has been said and shown about the Indian Submariners. A half an hour episode on Discovery will be converted to about 2-3 short episodes for Veer. So the four episode series will become a 10-12 episodes for the digital. These episodes will be released weekly on Veer,” said Zulfia Waris, Vice-President and Head, Premium and Digital Networks, Discovery Communications India.
The special four part series ‘Breaking Point: The Indian Submariners’ gives the viewer a window into the world of complex, high-technology platform like the Submarines who acquire their strength from stealth in a very colloquial manner through the eyes of a common man, and anchor, Harman Singha, who takes audiences into a world which has never been explored before – a journey to live the life of an Indian Submariner; from the classroom to the officers Mess through Escape Training School; to diving to the depths of the seas on board the INS Sindhukirti.
“While the Commando School Belgaum was a first person narrative of a jawan, this is different because we have a civilian narrator and he goes through the whole training inside and learns and understands the life of submariners,” said Waris.
The online channel Veer by Discovery is a dedicated military channel, available on Jio TV, Airtel Wynk and YouTube. The series has attracted marquee advertisers including Byju’s The Learning App, Skybags, Too Yumm, BigBasket, Woodland, Toyota Kirloskar Motors and Abu Dhabi Tourism to its fold.
Discovery has, in the past, have launched many series related to the Indian Armed forces which include names like Breaking Point: Commando School Belgaum (2017), India’s Paratroopers – Earning the Badge (2016), Revealed: National Defence Academy (2014), Revealed Siachen (2016), 1965: India’s Battles and Heroes (2015) and Indian Army Women’s Expedition (2013).
However, there is something that differentiates this content from the upcoming story of Indian Submariners. “Most of our Indian armed forces related content has been acquired or commissioned. Belgaum was the first one that we have produced ourselves and this one will be the second in that list,” added Waris.
“The Indian Submarines in its chartered 50 years of existence have made important contribution to national security. The Golden Dolphins, proudly adorned by Indian Submariners, reflects our passion, devotion, sweat and toil. A successful officer gets to put it on his/her uniform but it gets imprinted on your heart”, said Vice Admiral Srikant, AVSM, Indian Navy. “The Submarine arm has largely been away from the public eyes because it operates from the depths, beneath the water, and quietly add to the nation’s security cover. However, as we celebrate our golden jubilee of existence, we wanted to reach out to the nation and give them an insight into the life of our supremely talented officers who take grave risk to ensure that the maritime borders remain secure. We are proud to partner with a channel like Discovery and bring forth this unique 4-part Breaking Point series on Indian Submariners. We believe this series will be an eye-opener for majority of our countrymen offering a never-seen-before insight into the life a submariner and the challenges he faces on a day to day basis.”
Waris further added, “The world of Submarines is complex, it is as much about physics, calculus, chemistry and thermodynamics as it is about human skill, and machine excellence. Therefore, to make it more engaging and entertaining for the audiences, we have deployed a common man’s representative in anchor Harman Singha who lives the life of a submariners and shares the joys, the pains, the exhilaration, the satisfaction of being a submariner of Indian Navy.”