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National Geographic to air documentary on "The President's Bodyguard"

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New Delhi | Sunday, Aug 12 2018 IST
Leading satellite network National Geographic on Sunday announced an exclusive documentary on one of the oldest regiments of the Indian Army, The President's Bodyguard.

The film is set to premiere on the channel on the 72nd Independence Day at 9 pm.

The documentary is narrated by Amitabh Bachchan, whose voice strings the film together, the company said.

Commenting on National Geographic documentary President 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."A special screening of National Geographic's The President's Bodyguard will take place at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 14.

Mr Kovind will grace the event with representatives from several ministries and forces.

Talking about the film, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan said, "As a nation of diverse cultures, patriotism is a very strong term that resonates with every single person living in the country. The love for patriotism is at its peak on many occasions, out of which the Independence Day remains one."He added, "I feel National Geographic's film is a complete package which brings forth the stories of some selfless men who have put national duties above any other interests."Uday Shankar, President of 21st Century Fox, Asia and Chairman & CEO of Star India said, "The President's Bodyguard's 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."It was way back in 2003, when National Geographic established itself as a pioneer in the Indian television industry, by partnering with various branches of the Indian Armed Forces, to bring to viewers access to the forces like they had never seen before.

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 old legacy, and is made up of almost 200 soldiers, represents supreme and selfless service.

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