National Geographic documentary captures remarkable stories of survival from Siachen

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Jan 2019 09:09:14


By Kunal Dutt,


HOW do soldiers survive at minus 50 degrees Celsius in Siachen and glacier captains carry out evacuation flying over relentless ice-fields in the world’s highest battlefield?
These and few other lesser-known stories of the Indian Air Force’s operations in the toughest climatic conditions in the country will be unveiled through a special documentary that premiers on Friday on National Geographic channel to mark the 70th Republic Day.

Titled ‘Extreme Flight : Indian Air Force’, the 44-minute film with its stunning visuals, captures the story of selfless service rendered by personnel of the Army who guard the nation at high-altitude border posts, and men and women of the IAF who rush relief material and succour to soldiers in helicopters flown in very harsh weather conditions.

Narrated by actor Kabir Bedi, the Republic Day special documentary in English, will also be broadcast on the channel on January 26 at 12 noon and 8 pm and available on Hotstar. Shruti Takulia, Creative Director and Vice President,  India productions at the  National Geographic, says, the project had many challenges, but the IAF provided valuable  guidance and technical and logistic support to help tell the untold or lesser-known stories to  people, while ensuring the safety of the crew.

Siachen Glacier is a place where wind speed could reach 160 kmph, temperature sometimes falls below minus 50 degrees Celsius and has low oxygen level, and at such high-altitude areas mere survival itself is a challenge. Soldiers face several risks, including suffering frost bite, depression, sleep loss, diminished appetite, hypoxia or even memory loss, the film says.