Warisu makers get notice for filming elephants without permission

Actor Vijay’s upcoming Tamil film ‘Varisu’ has landed in a legal tussle as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued a notice to the makers of the film. The notice states that the filmmakers have failed to obtain pre-shoot permission before filming elephants for the film’s scene. The notice states that inspection on […]
 


Actor Vijay’s upcoming Tamil film ‘Varisu’ has landed in a legal tussle as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has issued a notice to the makers of the film. The notice states that the filmmakers have failed to obtain pre-shoot permission before filming elephants for the film’s scene.
The notice states that inspection on the part of the filmmakers is a violation of the exhibition of animal regulations. As per reports, five elephants were used for the shooting of a Tamil film without obtaining necessary permission.
AWBI has sent a notice to Hyderabad-based Venkateswara Creations for violating performing animal rules. AWBI secretary SK Datta said that as per the rules, every person involved in exhibiting or training animals has to register with the board.
“Elephants are protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and as per Rule 7(2) of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001, obtaining prior permission for using performing animals in films Is necessary.” Notice added.
‘Varisu’ is a Tamil movie produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Venkateswara Creations. The film stars Vijay and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles. The film is set to hit the theaters during Pongal next year.