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Special screening of NatGeo docu The President’s Bodyguard for president Kovind

The film on one of the oldest cavalry units of the Indian army has been narrated by Amitabh Bachchan.

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National Geographic has produced a documentary on one of the oldest regiments of the Indian army, the President’s Bodyguard. The film will be premiered on Independence Day at 9 pm on the National Geographic channel.

The film is being specially screened for president Ram Nath Kovind and representatives of several ministries and the armed forces at Rashtrapati Bhavan today, an official statement from National Geographic said.

Speaking about the film, Kovind said in an official statement, “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 turnout and impressive bearing speak for the heritage of our country, and our armed forces.

“But behind their skills, while standing erect or on horseback, 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.”

The President’s Bodyguard will be narrated by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan. “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, of which Independence Day remains one,” he said in an official statement. 

About the film's importance, Bachchan said, “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. The film will take viewers a step closer to the history and heritage of one of the oldest cavalry units of our homeland.” 

National Geographic has made quite a few documentaries on the Indian army. It started off with Mission Everest in 2003 that marked 50 years of the ascent of Mount Everest. Their documentary BSF: India’s First Line Of Defence broke viewership records.