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John’s a tiger at heart

Bollywood hunk John Abraham has joined hands with three-time Green Oscar winning filmmaker Mike Pandey to produce a feature length documentary to raise awareness about tiger conservation.

entertainment Updated: Dec 19, 2009 19:32 IST

Bollywood star John Abraham has joined hands with three-time Green Oscar winning filmmaker Mike Pandey to produce a feature length documentary on awareness about tiger conservation in the country.

"It’s a fiction on a tigress and her three cubs which deals with the current scenario of haphazard forest management," Arjun Pandey, promoter of the film said.

Abraham will be financing 30 per cent of the production cost and the filmmakers are looking for investments from other sources also. "The documentary is budgeted at Rs 8 crore," Pandey, here for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), said today.

The film is expected to kick off a national Save the Tiger Campaign in the country, which houses half of the global tiger population, he said. "The world has about 2,500 tigers left and half of them are in India. The film will discuss one big question: why do we need the tiger?"

Abraham production is participating in the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar to scout for investors for this project which will be shot from next year.

Pandey said the film will not just talk about negative aspect, but will also speak about the government's efforts to save the national animal. "This film will showcase the work India has done to protect the tiger."

The producers are in talks with bands like Indian Ocean, Silk Routes and Black Eyes Peas for the film's music.