Problems with the production of the upcoming film Warisu continue as the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) released a statement alleging that five elephants were filmed without official permission.
2022 has been a phenomenal year for Indian cinema and judging by the hype, expectations and current schedule; 2023 should be just as epic.
One of the most anticipated films of the New Year is Vijay’s Warisu, which is set to premiere on January 12 in line with Pongal celebrations.
Unfortunately, the production of Warisu ran into problems, the most recent of which involved filming Elephants as part of a film without official permission.
Warisa was notified about filming with elephants
According to The Times of India, Varisu production has already gotten into trouble with AWBI for allegedly using elephants without prior direct permission.
An article written by Komal Gautam explains how the AWBI received a complaint about illegal shooting (filming) of animals, specifically animal performances by Venkateswara Creations, the team behind Varisu.
“Every person must register with the council if animals are shown or trained. It is also reported that exhibiting animals without board permission is an offense under section 26 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960. Elephants are protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1972. 7(2) of the Performing Animals (Registration) Regulations 2001, prior permission must be obtained for the use of performing animals in films.” — Animal Welfare Council of India, via The Times of India.
The letter, which was sent from AWBI to the Varisu production team, has since been published in various publications, including LetsCinema. Twitter page. It is confirmed here that five elephants are allegedly featured in the film, and that permission for each of these animals was not obtained prior to filming.
The Varisu team has seven days to respond to the letter, after which The Times of India reports that “AWBI will take any or all such action as it deems proper and necessary for the welfare of the animals.”
Varisu issues continue after Pongal 2023 release controversy
Unfortunately, the problems surrounding the production of Warisu arose after another controversy related to the final release of the film; set for Pongal 2023 in Tamil and Telugu.
In early November, as reported by The Entertainment Times of India, the Telugu Film Producers Board released a statement mentioning that Telugu films would be preferred over other dubbed and bilingual releases.
“Therefore, the Telugu Film Producers Board asks the exhibitors to always comply with this decision: “Only Telugu films should be given preference during the Sankranti and Dasera festivals to be shown in cinemas, and the rest may be given to dubbed Telugu films.” – Council of Telugu Film Producers, via The Hindustan Times.
Following the announcement, many in the film industry came out in support of actor Vijay’s Waris and petitioned the Telugu Film Producers Board to reconsider the decision.
Director Lingusami also shared his opinion on the matter, adding that no film in the modern film industry should generate this level of controversy at the time of its release.
The Telugu Film Producers Council should reconsider the decision and added that when KGF 2 collided with The Beast at the box office in January 2023, the council had no prior question, he reportedly said.
Fingers crossed that Waris can avoid further controversy as the countdown to the film’s release in early 2023 continues.
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