The worldwide release of new Bollywood film RANG DE BASANTI'S has been held up by an Indian lawmaker who has objected to the unauthorised use of a horse during filming.

Parliamentarian MANEKA GANDHI, whose sister-in-law Sonia Gandhi is the leader of the ruling party in India, says the film-makers didn't get the Animal Welfare Board's permission before production.

Gandi says, "When the Board sent notice to the producers, they did not reply. It is a statutory obligation and I don't see any reason why the movie should be released without clearing the matter."

Without the proper permission the film can't be exported or shown in India.

The film was set to be released on 20 January (06) but has now been pushed back to 27 January (06).

The $7 million (GBP3.9 million) film, directed by RAKESH MEHRA, stars LAGAAN actor Aamir Khan, MADHAVAN, ALICE PATTEN and SOHA ALI.