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Salman's Sher Khan gets into trouble

Shortly after news that Salman Khan will be seen wrestling with a real tiger in Sohail Khan's film Sher Khan, PETA has put its foot down. The NGO has asked the director to use animation in the film instead.

bollywood Updated: Jul 20, 2011 19:21 IST

It's perhaps true that no one can steal the limelight from Salman Khan in his films, not even a real tiger. In a move that may disappoint Salman's fans, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has prohibited Sohail Khan from using an actual tiger to battle with the Dabangg star in the film.

Salman was reportedly supposed to shoot an action sequence with a tiger in the film Sher Khan. However, when PETA officials got a tip off about the forthcoming shoot, they immediately asked Sohail to drop the idea and instead use animation for the scene.

"We will also be appealing to Sohail Khan to use animatronics and computer-generated imagery in all the scenes, rather than just some scenes," Benazir Suraiya, Media & Celebrity Projects Coordinator, PETA India told Mumbai Mirror. She added that the Animal Welfare Board of India would not have permitted any scenes to be shot with a real tiger anyway.

Salman Khan"PETA India will be contacting the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Central Board of Film Certification to take steps to ensure film scenes that have not received a no-objection certificate (NOCs) from the Animal Welfare Board of India are not permitted to be shown, no matter where the scene was shot," said Suraiya.

"With the shoot planned out already, Sohail has to now return to the drawing board. This change in the plan also raises the film’s budget. But, Sohail does not want to take any chances and invite the wrath of PETA, which may backfire on him," a source told the tabloid.

Sohail Khan, however, seems unperturbed as he declares, "My script is not yet ready, so what objection are you talking about?"

First Published: Jul 20, 2011 15:32 IST