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U, Me Aur Hum in soup over digital pigeon

Even digital images of pigeons in U Me aur Hum raise a censorious flutter in New Delhi, reports Hiren Kotwani.
Hindustan Times | By Hiren Kotwani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2008 08:14 PM IST

It’s a ground rule of sorts. When filmmakers feature animals or birds, permissions have to obtained from the Animal Welfare Board of India. But now even digital images of birds have come under the scanner.

So, Ajay Devgan had to fly to Delhi recently to sort out the non-issue vis-à-vis about-to-be released U Me aur Hum.

The film features pigeons in scenes shot aboard a cruise line—but these are not live pigeons, they have been created by digital animation.

Wing trouble
Maneka Gandhi, founder of People for Animals, reportedly had a problem with the scene. According to a source, the pigeons are so perfectly created that they don’t look digitally generated.

The authorities felt that real birds were used and asked if permissions had been obtained. Devgan, in Delhi, patiently explained the use of digital graphics in the movie. After the okay from Delhi, Devgan has had the film censored.

On Saturday evening, a special screening was held for L K Advani and Ravi Shankar Prasad. BJP leaders reportedly wanted to see the film and Devgan couldn’t refuse.

Also joining him at the screening were Kajol, Divya Dutta and cinematographer Aseem Bajaj.

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