Actor John Abraham may reportedly spend more than a month in the jungles of the US and Africa to shoot with real pythons and tigers for Mike Pandey’s docu-drama, Return of The Tiger.
The filmmaker says, “John is a conservationist and protector of animals. He agreed to do the film so that we could attract more eyeballs and try to sensitise people towards tigers. Laws alone are not enough.” The director reveals that John has dedicated 10 days every month until June to the project. The film will show re-enactments of Pandey’s encounters with tigers and pythons while shooting wildlife documentaries.
Recounting one of the incidents that will find space in the film, he says, “I was waiting in a hidden track near a river. Suddenly at 3 am, I saw a pair of huge eyes glaring a foot away. I was too stumped to react. But then the tigress rolled a few feet away, and started feeding her cubs.”
Pandey admits he has to take the film to foreign shores because of constraints imposed on working with wild animals in India.“In India, we can’t use tigers for filming. We will either use animation or film the sequences with John overseas.” says the filmmaker. He also hopes to show the audience the softer side of the species. He adds, “Tigers attack to defend themselves, not to compete with humans. It’s only when we understand the animal that we can respect and protect it.”