Don Sandy directed Gorilla which has actor Jiiva and Shalini Pandey in the lead has been in the public eye for over a year now. The film went on floors in February, 2018 and wrapped shooting in June the same year and has had multiple release date changes ever since.
It was in April last year when the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) first wrote an open letter to Don Sandy requesting him to replace the Chimpanzee used in the film with real graphics.
The director then responded by stating the shooting of Gorilla (involving portions of the chimpanzee) was already wrapped and they were conducted by adhering to the rules and legal formalities of both the Indian government and the government of Thailand (where the chimpanzee was hired).
Now with the film gearing up to hit theater screens, PETA has once again made an open appeal, this time to the public to 'avoid Don Sandy’s new movie Gorilla.' Excerpts from their recent letter:
As part of its campaign to end the use of wild animals in film and television, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is rallying the public to avoid Don Sandy’s new movie Gorilla, which opens this weekend and features a chimpanzee named Kong. See below for the top five reasons not to buy a ticket to Gorilla this weekend or at any other time:
- Captive primates are separated from their mothers
- They‘re violently abused
- While movie scenes might be short, the animals suffer for life
- Using live animals is unnecessary
- It leaves a legacy of harm
“The film industry must yell ‘cut’ on the archaic and cruel use of animals in productions,” says Sachin Bangera, Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations. “Wild animals like chimpanzees and elephants are not movie props, and PETA India is calling on decent people to boycott Gorilla and send the message that primates and all other animals should be left in peace in their natural habitats.”