In a quest to bring the wonders of India to its viewers, Epic will air the award-winning film ‘Jungle ke Baahubali’. The world television premiere of the film will be split into two parts — the first part will be aired on September 22 and the second on September 29. On both days, the film will air at 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
‘Jungle ke Baahubali’ is an odyssey into India’s picturesque and wetland canvases and their spectacular wildlife. Its exploration of the theme of protecting wildlife species by forest departments and governments, with support of locals and researchers, has won it recognition at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York, Isla Earth Conservancy Award of Merit, Catalina Film Festival, Avalon, California among several others.
The project entailed seven years of research that involved observing and filming the wild Asian elephant and the one-horned Indian rhinoceros in its natural environment. Sumesh Lekhi, the film’s director along with his crew, spent time with villagers understanding how their daily lives are affected and how they have to work along with the forest department to keep elephants away from their crops and homes.
The channel will also pay tribute to World Tourism Day and World Architecture Day by showcasing the marvels of India with a curated playlist of select programming.
The Epic line-up for World Tourism Day will bring out the international theme of ‘Creating sustainable tourism’ and celebrate India and the tourism potential India has to offer. The programming for the day are curated episodes from an array of shows like Indipedia, a foreigner exploring and understanding India; Ekaant, a show on historically significant abandoned places; Epic Specials: Andamans - Jewels of the Sea anchored by Tom Alter; Nandadevi, a pilgrimage feature show hosted by Vivek Oberoi and Wilderness Days, a series on India’s rich and diverse wildlife. The specials will showcase on September 27 from 1-7 pm.
On October 1, World Architecture Day, Epic will air episodes from its popular shows Sanrachna and Made in India that showcase and tell the stories of India’s ingenious structures and architectural marvels. Among the most-renowned monuments to be seen in this tour on-air are the Lepakshi temple in Andhra Pradesh and the Vitthala temple of Hampi in Karnataka, Jhulta Minara in Ahmedabad, Gol Gumbaz in Hyderabad, Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Vijay Stambh in Rajasthan, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu and Ajanta-Ellora caves in Maharashtra along with Lothal and Dholavira in Gujarat —prominent archaeological sites belonging to the great Indus Valley Civilization in India. The show will air only on October 1 from 1-7 pm.