Bear Grylls shares throwback pics of Jim Corbett journey with Modi, Twitterati query timing, name it ‘paid put up’

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, February 6

Bear Grylls has drawn flak on social media for sharing his photo with Prime Minister Narendra Modi having a cup of tea at the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.

He tweeted: “One of my favourite photos: soaking wet and sharing a cup of tea with Prime Minister Modi after our @Discovery jungle adventure together. This moment reminds me of how the wild is the ultimate leveller. We are all the same behind the titles and masks.”

The post has been retweeted over 12,000 times since it was shared on the social media platform some 12 hours ago.

“Why post this now,” writes one Twitter user. The other wrote, “Because he was likely paid”.

One user wrote: “The timing of this is, honestly, shameful and unbelievably tone-deaf. Even if you don’t care about the human rights issue, who on earth in your publicity department thinks now is the perfect time to align yourself with this individual?”

The special edition of ‘Man Vs Wild’ featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi with survivalist and adventurer, Bear Grylls, created history by garnering highest slot viewership (on active channels) with 3.69 million impressions overtaking GEC leader Star Plus with 3.67 million impressions.

The premiere on Discovery Network (across 12 Discovery channels) also delivered the highest ever slot reach for the infotainment genre with 6.1 million tune-in on Discovery Channel, which is 15 times more compared to the last four weeks average of the same slot.

The premiere slot performance grew 50 times giving an unprecedented 93 per cent channel share to Discovery amongst the infotainment genre.

Discovery Channel emerged as the third ranked channel with 3.05 million impressions behind Star Plus (3.67 million impressions) and Zee (3.3 million impressions). The show kept the viewers on the hook delivering an impressive average TSV of 29.2 minutes. The premiere delivered the highest-ever sampling in the infotainment genre with 15.6 million tune-ins.

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