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GOLMAAL-3 becomes first film in all probability in Hindi cinema to use artificial animal

November 23, 2010 01:40:35 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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I do not know how many of us would have observed while watching GOLMAL-3, that there was a disclaimer in the beginning of the film itself, that the animal that has been used in the film, is not the real animal, but it is an artificial animal, and mind it, the animal used was man's most faithful companion, the dog, aptly named Facebook. What state of impasse have we come to where the film producers and directors are indeed scared of using a real dog, owing primarily to the fact that some animal rights activist would go to the court, or file an injunction about supposed cruelty against the animal, stall the release of the film, and would pocket some amount of money as a compromise bargain.

Indeed, the disclaimer that Rohit Shetty put in beginning of GOLMAAL-3 itself was a clear pointer to the fact that he did not want to take any risks at all with the process of release of the film. With such large amounts of costs riding on a film, it indeed is a difficult proposition for the filmmaker to take a chance for release of the film on its due date.

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But it would now come with a price. Had the Facebook in GOLMAAL -3 been a real one, it would have really endeared the audience, more so the children who enjoyed his antics. There are scores of films produced in India as also in Hollywood which have given place of prominence to animals and have been a great hit. When an animal is there in the animal it logically brings out a child to the cinema hall as well, and that means the whole family is going to watch the film. In economic terms it is increased footfall for the film.

Besides, Hollywood has not left the animals behind, and USA is one of the countries where activism of these kinds is one of the most militant varieties. The moot point is while the use of technology to create an animal for the film is a solution, it does not give the real feeling and therefore one needs to have a relook into the usage of animals in the world of Hindi cinema. After all would AANKHEIN have been such a hit if the Bunnu monkey was not there. Or for that matter, BABY's DAYOUT climax would not have been that endearing had the location of a zoo not been used in the film.

The activists need to reorient their priorities. No activist for instance bothered to raise his voice when a poor elephant calf was killed by the residents in a locality in Guwahati. What Anand Bakshi had written for HAATHI MERE SAATHI "Jab Jaanwar koi Insaan ko Maare wahsi use kahte hain log saare, ek jaanwar ki jaan aaj insaano ne lee hai, chup kyon hai sansar", became true, but had it happened in a film heavens would have fallen down. It indeed is a time for reality check.

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