NEW DELHI: India’s newest tiger movie has been released by the National Film and Television Institute (NFTI), the country’s official censor board.
The movie, titled ‘Dumby’ and directed by the renowned Indian actor-filmmaker Sushmita Sen, stars Rajkumar Hirani as a young tiger who is kidnapped by a gang of wild tigers and ends up in the clutches of the group.
Director Sushimant Roy’s film is an adaptation of the novel by British writer JK Rowling, which has also been released in India by Penguin Random House India.
India is set to open its first tiger park in 2019 with the release of the film.
It is part of a plan to reduce the number of wild animals, the number trapped and the illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion annually.
This year, the Indian government plans to save 3,000 tigers by killing 2,200 tigers, and reduce the poaching of tigers to one-fifth of its historical level by 2025, said a government statement.
A tiger is an animal that is capable of walking on all four legs, having the capacity to grow to a length of more than 20 meters (yards) and reach a height of 20-25 meters (68-70 feet).