Updated Mon, Aug 15, 2011 5:54 pm
BOSTON, MA – August xx 2011: The WORLD Channel introduces popular UK actor, comedian and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar, who brings his trademark humor and insight to a series of journeys across India. India With Sanjeev Bhaskar airs exclusively on the WORLD Channel on four consecutive Mondays, beginning September 19 at 8:00 pm ET, (repeating September 20 at 1:00 am ET).
India was once regarded as an almost mythical land; a land of untold riches, of the Taj Mahal and the
tiger – and in some ways, it still is. But over the past 60 years, India has changed more rapidly than any
other nation on the planet. Behind the Bollywood kitsch and the lurid colors, India is now a country
coming of age. Today, the world’s finest software engineers live alongside abject poverty, and state-of-the-art call centers nestle in among the shanty towns and crumbling temples.
Born and raised in Britain but with an Indian heritage, Sanjeev Bhaskar is in a unique position to bring this extraordinary country to life for a 21st-century audience as he gets under the skin of the world’s latest superpower, a country of chaos and contradictions.
Sanjeev Bhaskar is best known in the US for the BBC America comedy series, The Kumars at No.42.
India with Sanjeev Bhaskar: Episode Synopses
1. Bombay Dreams
Sanjeev explores the ‘new’ India, where business and entertainment are booming, and cities like
Mumbai and Bangalore are being transformed as a wealthy new middle class emerges. Along the way,
he finds himself making a cameo appearance in a top soap opera and judging a somewhat surreal
2. The Longest Road
Sanjeev encounters the legacy of Partition as he makes an emotional journey across the border to
his father’s former home, now in Pakistan. He finds out whether India has been able to overcome the
trauma of events 60 years ago which have shaped the country’s relations with its neighbors and its
own millions of Muslim citizens.
3. Mystic River
Sanjeev visits Calcutta, Darjeeling and Rishikesh to find out how India’s ancient religious traditions are
still shaping the country today, and how an ongoing process of cultural assimilation has given India its
4. A Camel Called Sanjeev
Sanjeev finds out how some of India’s most traditional communities are responding to a rapidly
changing India. From Maharajas in historic Rajasthan to nomadic camel herders, and from street
cricketers in Gandhi’s home state to pensioners in Pune, he sees a remarkable range of people rising
to new challenges. Along the way he visits the city of the future, meets a man who walks on water and
witnesses the birth of a baby camel.
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