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discovery+ India announces new Original – Dangals of Crime

January 28, 2022

discovery+ India has launched a new investigative docuseries Dangals of Crime – The Untold Truth About Indian Wrestling. The discovery+ Original, available exclusively on the streaming platform in India, is set to captivate audiences by not only tracing the journey of the meteoric rise of the Olympic sport, but also explores the dark underbelly often associated with it. Former wrestlers and coaches, eminent sports journalists and law enforcement officials weigh in with their experiences, insights and memories, making the two-part series a must-watch for sports, crime and history fans.

Wrestling’s popularity reached a crescendo in India after iconic wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt secured three medals collectively across two successive Games (Beijing 2008 and London 2012). The docuseries, produced by Vice Studios Production and directed by the award-winning Niyantha Shekar, showcases the journey towards success, and highlights the deep-rooted akhada culture, strict discipline and unparalleled devotion behind a champion wrestler. With contributions from several notable former coaches and wrestlers, including Satbir Singh, Virender Kumar, Anil Mann and Ramphal Mann, Dangals of Crime showcases how wrestling has been instrumental in bringing sporting laurels for India, but also delves into its dark moments, which sometimes overshadow its glorious journey and malign the sport and its athletes.

Megha Tata, Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery, said: Adhering to our brand promise of delivering the most compelling stories, we are excited to premiere this new investigative docuseries on discovery+. Dangals of Crime delves deep into the realms of wrestling, a sport that has churned out some of India’s greatest homegrown champions. Reflecting on the sport in the most informative way, the discovery+ Original dissects every aspect of the making of a Pehelwan, coupled with its current realities. It not only adds value to the ever-expanding content repertoire on discovery+ in India but also brings forth topical subjects to our platform.”

Dangals of Crime – The Untold Truth About Indian Wrestling is now available to stream on discovery+ in India. The docuseries builds on a growing slate of local discovery+ Originals in India, including Star vs Food, Mission Frontline, Secrets of Sinauli and Bhuj: The Day India Shook.

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