Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur met the Oscar winning team behind Elephant Whisperers at his residence today. The Minister met with Ms Kartiki Gonsalves, Director and Cinematographer, Guneet Moonga, Producer and Monica from Netflix.
During the interaction Thakur said that the power of India’s storytelling is unmatched!. Expressing his pleasure at one such story winning the Oscar, he said that “Elephant Whisperers is a ‘trunk‘ full of heartwarming, socially relevant and cinematographically enthralling masterpiece! I am delighted to meet Guneet and Kartiki and learn about their amazing journey while making this spellbinding documentary.”
He further said that “the documentary beautifully depicts our social responsibility, impact and efforts towards conservation along with the delicate balance humans share with nature – in the most heartwarming way is truly worth applause.”
The Minister delved into India’s storytelling traditions and stated that India was a land of storytellers, a million tales are born each day and some retold for generations.
The Minister emphasized on the quality of domestic content and its increasing audience worldwide and remarked that “our regional content has gone global; it is dubbed and enjoyed in every part of the world. India is bustling with stories & a new breed of film makers is hustling to capture them!”
He remarked on the achievements of Indian filmmakers and said that “success and recognition given to our filmmakers encourages them even more to narrate these beautiful stories in our society and make them available for everyone through cinema.”
Through his interaction the Minister delivered a message to the wider film fraternity and promised that the government is committed to support film makers through co-production funding, premieres and screenings at international festivals and providing them a platform at Indian film festivals through masterclasses etc.
Thakur also talked about the inspirational lives of the wildlife conservators in the documentary and said that “I definitely hope to meet Bomman & Bellie when I visit Tamil Nadu. Their life and conservation efforts are remarkable and inspiring.”
The movie Elephant Whisperers has recently won the Best Documentary Short FIlm award at the 95th Academy Awards. The film explores the life of an elderly couple Bomman and Belli caring for an orphaned baby elephant. Set in Mudumalai National Park, the movie highlights the loving bond between humans and pachyderms and is the first Indian movie to bag an Academy Award in this category.