While the film fraternity has always been known to take up the cause of animal rights, director Nikhil Advani has gone a step ahead with his 3D animation film, Delhi Safari. The storyline features five animals from Borivali National Park, who meet the Prime Minister in Delhi with a plea to stop
builders from encroaching on their forests. It will release on October 19. Actors Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Suniel Shetty, Boman Irani and Urmila Matondkar have lent their voices to the characters Parrot, Monkey, Papa Leopard, Bear and Mama Leopard respectively.
Actress Urmila Matondkar poses as she attends a function in Mumbai.
To propagate the message further, the director plans to gather support for the cause through a pledge. “Starting August 15, along with the film’s cast, we will ask students from over 1000 schools to send letters in support of the cause, which will then be sent to the Prime Minster’s office. We will use the internet and the social media to reach out to as many people as possible, so that the petition reaches the PM’s office by Wildlife Week (in October),” Nikhil says.
He also has plans to take one of these students to meet the PM. “It will all depend on whether we get permission for a meeting,” says Nikhil.
Talking about the characters in the film, the director explains, “We aren’t trying to humanise the animals. So, the talking parrot from South Mumbai (with Akshaye’s voice) is the only one who can talk to humans. He even thinks that he is human.”
The World Wildlife Fund and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have watched the film and appreciated it. “They said what we have been trying to do for last 50 years has been achieved through this film,” concludes Nikhil.
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