Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bachchan to shoot with Gir lions

Bachchan to shoot with Gir lions
Times of India By Himanshu Kaushik

Remember 'Aao Bachhon...' number from Amitabh-Rekha Bollywood blockbuster, 'Mr Natwarlal', where the superstar narrates a story of his encounter with a lion to kids? This reel story is soon getting real.

The Shahenshah would visit Gir forest to shoot with Asiatic lions for a film to promote tourism next month. Amitabh Bachchan, who is brand ambassador for Gujarat, would camp in Gir for two days between June 1-5 for the shoot. Forest department officials are busy looking for a perfect location and 'readying' a group of eight to 10 lions to feature in the shoot.

An official said trackers from the forest have been deployed to keep a check on the movement of the group within the jungle. When Bachchan finally arrives in the forest, this group of lions would be 'cornered' using baits.

A forest department official said, "The tourism department has asked us to block 15 rooms in Sinh Sadan, the forest guest house, from June 1-5." An open permit has been issued for shooting for two days in the forest. Bachchan would be shooting for two days in Gir forest and three days in Kutch.

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