Mumbai, October 23rd, 2015: Discovery Channel will salute the determination, willpower and triumph of real life heroes who overcame their limitations and challenges and are today a living inspiration for the rest of the world in its new series HRX HEROES WITH HRITHIK ROSHAN.
Presented by India’s superstar Hrithik Roshan, the nine-part series will present the real life stories of men and women from across India who had very little going for them but they did not give up on their dreams and emerged as Heroes. The amazing stories of achievement include: Manufacturing an Aircraft, Winning Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship, Celebrated Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Captain of Blind Cricket Team of India, Accomplished Actor and Dancer and India’s First Female Fire Engineer.
HRX HEROES WITH HRITHIK ROSHAN will premiere on November 2nd and will air every Monday-Tuesday at 9 PM on Discovery Channel, with a repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM.
Launching the series, Hrithik Roshan said, “I wish to share with the world and spread the belief that it is possible to look adversity in the face and emerge victorious by overcoming it. HRX REAL HEROES will bring to focus these incredible real life stories which the entire nation needs to admire. I believe Discovery Channel is the ideal platform to spread the message of courage and determination which in turn will inspire thousands of more such heroes.”
Rahul Johri, EVP and GM-South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “Discovery Channel has been entertaining and inspiring viewers in India for the last 20 years with the finest range of factual programmes. HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan is an outstanding series that salutes the undying spirit of real life heroes. I am confident that Hrithik Roshan’s popularity will motivate millions to discover the hero in them.”
HRX HEROES WITH HRITHIK ROSHAN will showcase the lives, joys and tribulations of these nine heroes:
Harshini’s dream of wearing a uniform took her to a Fire Service College in Nagpur. Little did she know, it was an all-male college. But she wasn't prepared to hear that “a girl cannot do this”. She went on to become India’s first female fire engineer.
Born in poverty, wedded at an early age, subjected to abuse and ill-treatment, Kalpana Saroj faced it all, yet rose to become an inspiration. She strived against the odds and took charge of her own life. Today, she is a celebrated entrepreneur.
Navin Gulia, adventurous by nature and an aspiring army cadet, had his ambitions cut short by an accident that left him paralyzed. But his belief in himself never waned. He struggled against terrible odds, beating naysayers to claim back his life. His spirit of adventure still soars and he is a motivation for millions. Today, Navin Gulia is recognised as an adventurer, philanthropist and a motivational speaker.
Saji Thomas, congenitally deaf and mute, was an exceptionally gifted child while growing up in the outskirts of Kerala. As a child, he built cardboard models of airplanes and cars. His dreams literally took flight as he built his own aircraft.
Before Sangram took to the wrestling ring, he had already fought several physical and mental battles. He was barely three years old when he was detected with rheumatoid arthritis. After decades of trying to overcome the illness, in 2015 he won the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championships.
Seventeen-year old Sudha was an acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer. While travelling with her family, she met with an accident that left her with a fracture. Complications led to a point where doctors gave her one choice: life or limb. After losing her one leg, she pushed herself through two painful years with the Jaipur foot. With constant practice, she learnt to dance again. Today, she is an accomplished actor and dancer.
Shekar Naik was visually impaired and belonged to an economically weak background. Hence, his keen interest in sports was always frowned upon. Until 2014, when the Blind Cricket Team of India won the Blind Cricket World Cup, under his captaincy.
Subhreet had a difficult childhood. She lost her father at a young age, and grew up with a single parent. An accident then changed her life drastically, as she lost one leg. Not one to give up, even this did not deter Subhreet from following her passion: dance. Today, she has performed in various prestigious events and is an accomplished dancer.
Virender Singh can’t hear, but fighting able-bodied wrestlers comes naturally to him. He faced many challenges and was also sidelined because of his disability. But none of this deterred him from becoming India’s most successful deaf athlete.