John, Mike to save the tiger
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 03:49 IST
Moved by tiger cubs’ death, Bollywood star decides to make a movie
JAIPUR: Moved by the tragic incident of death of two tiger cubs in a dry baori (natural water source) and rescue of one other by the wildlife employees at Ranthambhore national park last year, Bollywood actor John Abraham and environmentalist and filmmaker Mike Pandey have decided to produce a film on tigers in Ranthambhore.
The film would be produced under his newly launched company – John Abraham Entertainment. Abraham may appear playing with the tiger cubs in the film.The plans are much in progress as Pandey did a recee of the park during the second half of June 2008 and selected some locales for shooting.
“Pandey was in Ranthambhore for around six days during third week of June. He took several rounds of the park for all these days with a few other people. Little did I know that he was planning a film on the tigers” Ranthambhore tiger project deputy director RS Shekhawat told DNA.
On May 23, 2007 three tiger cubs were found in a 25-feet dry baori. While two cubs had died on dehydration, the wildlife employees managed to rescue the third one who also died after a month. The mother tigress kept taking rounds of the baori for two consecutive days as her pug marks showed. This topic would make a catch for the film but with a little alteration. Sources said Abraham was deeply moved by the incident and discussed the idea of making a film on the tigers with a message to save them. The film will, however, digress a little from real incident. It will show three tiger cubs and how their mother helps them grow up.
Abraham had told the media on World Environment Day on June 6 in Delhi that Pandey was among the persons responsible for motivating people towards wildlife conservation and that they would be making a film with tiger cubs. On the occasion Pandey said that Abraham had been doing a lot for elephants, tigers, monkeys and stray dogs. “As such we talked with each other and decided to make a film on tigers together that would be in the form of a documentary-drama. It would take almost two years to make it,” Pandey was quoted telling the media.