Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Meet the Real Heroes: HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan

Discovery Channel has launched a new show HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan. With this show, Hrithik will once again appear on television. It is true that we look upto the people who have achieved heights in their lives. For us, every celebrity appear to be a hero, every individual who are featured in newspapers due to their accomplishments appear to be hero. But when the achievers are the ordinary people who displayed great amount of courage, fought the odds of their lives, challenged the destiny to create their own destiny… aren’t they the real heroes of life. This nine-part series, which is presented by Hrithik Roshan, will acquaint the viewers with the real life stories of nine people who dared to face the darkest phase of their lives, did not give up on their dreams and finally emerged as heroes. This show tells us that many of us are not able to perform in life not because we don’t have the potential, but we are somewhere mentally handicapped. It is overwhelming to see the HRX heroes fighting the odds, even their physical handicap / disabilities and rise in life.

During one of the press conference, Hrithik said that everybody wants to be a hero, he also wanted to be a hero, when he was young. But he said, to be a true hero in real life is something else.  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.”

I feel extremely privileged to be one of the chosen one to review this programme. I am sure, this nine-part series of HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan is going to remind us that we all have the potential to be a hero, have the capability to fight all the odds. During the adversities and turbulent times, we often might feel lost, confused, scared, absolutely uncertain of ourselves. We might tend to disbelieve our strengths. But this programme is going to remind us that we have the potential to overcome all the odds. In Hrithik’s words, we have the ability to defeat the defeat.

Although two episodes have been showcased on 2nd and 3rd November, 2015 (The show premiered on Discovery Channel on 2nd November, 2015 at 9PM), in this article, I would give you a brief of who were the real heroes of the previous two episodes, though more focus would be on the second episode. My next article would give you insight about the heroes episode wise.

Total of nine heroes have been selected and all the nine stories are certainly very amazing.

HRX Hero Sangram Singh: The very first episode featured wrestler Sangram Singh. He was barely 3 years old, when he was detected with rheumatoid arthritis, which slowly lead to paralysis. His life was confined to wheel chair. After fighting for almost a decade, he chose to take the challenge. He underwent rigorous therapy sessions with sheer grit and determination. He fought his paralysis and went on to become a gold medalist in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.

HRX Hero Navin Gulia: It was so touching to see this episode. Navin Gulia, was adventurous by nature and an aspiring army cadet. But his ambitions were cut short by a terrible accident that left him paralyzed. But his belief in himself never waned. He struggled against all terrible odds, beating naysayers to claim back his life. His spirits of adventure still soars and he is indeed a motivation for millions. Today, Navin Gulia is recognized as an adventurer, philanthropist and a motivational speaker. His courage reflects in the lines he says in the end:

ए खुदा, दे कुछ और तकलीफ मुझे, नयी कोई चुनौती दे दो ,
कि जिंदगी को और जीने को जी चाहे,
कुछ आंधियों को उठा, कुछ तूफ़ान हो,
कि आसमान को फिर छूने को दिल चाहता है।

Certain people believe in the lines of their palms, whereas some others believe in making these lines themselves; some people surrender to their challenges whereas some people grow beyond all sorts of challenges and that is Navin Gulia. A 21 year old, who aspired to be an army cadet, a sports person, an NDA pass-out, joined IMA Dehradun. His family was eagerly waiting for his pass-out parade, but a dark moment changed his life forever. During one of the practice session in IMA, he gets injured, spinal chord gets affected badly, gets paralyzed. He was in hospital for 2 years undergoing various operations. Although his body was giving up, he was not ready to accept defeat, he remembered what he learnt in IMA i.e. Valour and Wisdom. And that is how, he survived his psychological as well as physical pain. It was a moving experience to see, how he even tried to learn driving and struggled to get his license. He pushed himself beyond his limits and started driving towards the remote corners of the country. Within 5 years of getting license, he drove to world’s highest motorable pass, approximately 18632 feet high – Marsimikla. 

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He started writing books as well. One of the title is “In Quest of the Last Victory”. In today’s date, Navin is a motivator, shares his stories and inspires lots of people.

Navin, in this episode, rather sounds so undeterred and unfazed by challenges. Hrithik sums up the episode by saying that for Navin, there is no finish line, it is all about the journey.

What I miss in this show is the direct interaction between Hrithik and the HRX Heroes.
But, Hrithik Roshan presents the story of HRX Heroes with great empathy and power. His presence in the show definitely adds lot of value to the show. The narration by the real heroes make the stories so touching. One tends to get a feeling that nothing is impossible in this life.

HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan is an amazing show on Discovery Channel. A nine-part series of real life nine heroes who responded to the world’s statement – “No, you can’t” with “Yes, I can”.  It salutes 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.

Telecast on every Monday and Tuesday (form 2nd November, 2015) at 9PM and repeat telecast on Saturday and Sunday at 8PM, only on Discovery Channel. A must watch show.
Stay tuned for my review of today’s episode on Sudha Chandran (9th November, 2015) and tomorrow’s episode i.e. 10th November, 2015’s episode on Shekhar Naik.

Rating: 4 out 5 (Very Good)