A Kaal for Endangered Species?

Went to one of my favorite bookstores today. The Barnes & Noble on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, a few miles south of Miami, has long been one of my favorite places to shop for books. Too bad I cannot say that of the online store at bn.com. Anyway, while I was visiting, on the sidewalk were two representatives of Environment Florida. While this is not meant to be a gig for the organization, let me just say that I believe in its cause. Of late, I have also been taking this whole global warming thing kind of seriously. There is truth to it all, folks.

Speaking of environments and things and beings that enrich it...just thought of the movie Kaal (2005). The soundtrack to the movie, which I thought was fantastic, made it a movie to look forward to. And it was worth it too. Remember the title song 'Kaal Dhamaal' with Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan (Salman Khan's sister-in-law)? That song is still hottt! Watch it below. The movie, produced by Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, starred Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Lara Dutta, and Esha Deol, reminded me of the Bengal tiger.

This from the following World Wildlife Fund page:

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all tiger subspecies. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar and Nepal. India is home to the largest population. It mostly inhabits the dry and wet deciduous forests of central and south India, the Terai-Duar grassland and sal forests of the Himalayan foothills, and the temperate forests of Bhutan. The mangroves of the Sunderban (shared between Bangladesh and India) are the only mangrove forests where tigers are found.

A burgeoning human population and its own needs are pushing the tiger out of its natural habitat. Increasing human-tiger conflicts often lead to retributive killings. The tiger also faces a serious threat from poachers. Although accurate figures are not available throughout its range, current estimates show there are 3,000-4,500 Bengal tigers surviving in the wild.

Interesting. And what can Bollywood do to keep raising awareness of issues such as this? Feature them more in the movies! Since films can play an integral role in informing a national society of issues in a plethora of areas, why not this issue? My wishlist is getting more populated now :)

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