Wildlife film-makers spend months, if not years, trying to capture the tiger, one of the most elusive animals on our planet. It was clear to me that, apart from the leopard, there would be no compromise on the other wild-animals seen in the film. I wanted the audience to share the thrill that I had experienced seeing these magnificent creatures for the first time in the wild. If its hard to spot a tiger, to be in the right position to film it and then match-it to a sequence being shot elsewhere, is a tall-order. My generation grew-up on the enduring images of Indian wildlife captured by Green-Oscar winning filmmakers Naresh and Rajesh Bedi, who took-up the challenge of doing-so in a week!
There was every possibility that they would return empty handed and tensions were running high for we’d reached the last day of filming and no tigers. The footage arrived in the nick-of-time - not the one tiger I’d asked for, but five - a tigress with four cubs! I re-designed my shots to make it look like the actors and animals were in the same location when in-fact the tigers were shot in Bandavgarh and the actors in Corbett, two-thousand kilometres apart. They matched seamlessly, without the aid of Visual Effects or digital post-production.