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Charley Boorman Rides Through India in Freedom Riders Asia Series

By Motortrend India Staff   |   15 April,2013

FOX International Channels, in association with Shell Advance, has brought Hollywood actor and motorcycle enthusiast Charley Boorman to host Freedom Riders Asia series. In one of the six series of the show the actor, who is also a travel writer, will be riding on his Royal Enfield through the terrains of Coorg and Ooty to reach Munnar. The biker will also be riding through Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand as a part of the TV series which will be telecasted in the channel STAR Sports. Charley Boorman attended a press meet held at Kochi, Kerala accompanied by actress Gul Panag and motorcycle enthusiast Sundeep Gajjar.

Mr. Charley Boorman spoke about his riding experience in India to say, "It was an experience of a lifetime to ride through the scenic Coorg-Munnar route, which undoubtedly is an ultimate riding wonder. I also had a great time experiencing the local biking culture, chatting to the local people, learning about different traditions and performing some very interesting challenges. All in all, a great experience and I would love to come back to India."

Mr. Kar Tai Koh, Global Brand Manager of Shell Advance spoke at the press conference and said, "Freedom Riders Asia as a programme celebrates the spirit of biking across Asia, while at the same time, offers an entertaining travel and adventure experience. Through Charley, it is also a further expression of what Shell Advance stands for - enabling bikers to enjoy every ride and experience freedom through effortless mobility on the road. We chose Charley to represent the programme as we believe he is one of the most suited people around, being a true biker at heart and a familiar face that bikers in this part of the world can resonate with."

Gul Panag, the much celebrated Indian actor who accompanied Charley for the Press Conference and co-hosted the Indian chapter of the show with him, too was happy with the show. She has been an avid bike enthusiast and had earlier made news during her marriage as her groom's procession came on bikes. She said, "It is a wonderful format and the entire show is a complete package of adventure and thrill. Being a biker myself and understanding the biking community at large, I am really hopeful that the show would instantly establish connect with the audience. Charley has been a fantastic host and a true biker."

The show is scheduled to go on air in the last week of May on Star Sports. For more information on `Freedom Riders Asia', please visit and

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