Bollywood rallies to save tiger


NEW DELHI -- Top Bollywood stars including actors Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan, director Farhan Akhtar and actresses Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta, are teaming up for New Delhi Television and Sanctuary Asia's "Save the Tiger" campaign.

NDTV -- in which NBC Universal acquired a 26% stake for $150 million last month -- launched the campaign to collect one million signatures (including via Internet and SMS) to raise awareness about the alarming decline in tigers in India.

The campaign's highlight event "India Signs on to Save the Tiger" will be held Sunday, March 9. At events in 14 cities, celebrities and the public will gather to sign the petition to save the tiger.

"Today, there are only about 1,400 tigers left in Indian forests. I am confident our campaign will gain enough momentum to force the government to take greater responsibility to save the tiger from the brink of extinction," NDTV environment and wildlife correspondent Swati Thyagaragan said.