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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Maneka Gandhi endorses Akshay Kumar's Entertainment for using dog 'with respect'

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 08, 2014
First Published: 13:05 IST(8/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:04 IST(8/8/2014)
Animal rights activist and cabinet minister Maneka Gandhi has extended support to Akshay Kumar-starrer Entertainment for using the dog in the film in a friendly way.

Gandhi also hosted a special premiere of the film in Delhi on Thursday which was attended by film's crew and members of her organisation People for Animals (PFA).

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"The film has been endorsed by us. A dog has been used in the film but it has been used in a respectful manner. I am happy to have this event as our annual fund-raiser," Gandhi, who also attended the film's trailer launch couple of months ago in Mumbai, told reporters.



"After the law of not portraying animals in cruel manner has been passed, filmmakers are using them in a good way. They don't want to take a fight with Censor Board first and then with me. I am happy to see that now they are respecting animals," she said.

Entertainment, which releases today, is a comic take on a dog and human relationship. The film's story is about a golden retriever, who inherits all the wealth from his owner while his son, played by Akshay, is left penniless.

Akshay, who turned up late for the event citing poor health, said he would be happy if anyone ends up adopting a dog after watching this film.

"The genre of man and animal relationship has not been explored much. Entertainment has come after 18 years. I don't know whether the film will work or not but if a person after watching the film wants to adopt a dog, my purpose is done," Akshay added.

The 46-year-old superstar attended the event at Talkatora stadium along with his co-star Tamannaah Bhatia, director duo Sajid-Farhad, producers Ramesh S Taurani and Jayantilal Gada and music composer duo Sachin and Jigar, who also performed live for the audience.
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