The Oscar win for The Elephant Whisperers was the culmination of Kartiki Gonsalves's five years of efforts to capture the man-animal relationship in and around the forest areas of Tamil Nadu.
Filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves created history when she and her producer Guneet Monga bagged Oscar trophies for The Elephant Whisperers . The 40-minute documentary about a couple who take care of orphaned baby elephants won the Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Short Film category. After returning to India, Kartiki invited the indigenous couple, Bomman and Bellie, and celebrated the victory with them. She also posted a picture of the couple, visibly looking jubilant, holding the coveted Oscar trophy.
"It’s been a long four months since we’ve been apart and now I feel like I’m home…..," she captioned the post.
The 95th Academy Awards was a memorable event in the history of Indian cinema. India had three nominees , including the blockbuster movie RRR, the feature-length documentary All That Breathes and the short documentary The Elephant Whisperers. And the creative minds behind RRR and The Elephant Whisperers returned home with the Oscar trophies. RRR became the first Indian production to get a nomination and win the award at the Academy in the best original song category. The film's smash hit Naatu Naatu won the top award. The song's composer MM Keeravani and lyricist Chandrabose received the award.
The Oscar win for The Elephant Whisperers was the culmination of Kartiki's five years of efforts to capture the man-animal relationship in and around the forest areas of Tamil Nadu. The documentary paints a very empathetic picture of Bomman and Bellie, the childless couple, who takes care of orphaned baby elephants like their own. The documentary is replete with heart-warming moments as the audience sees a strong bond blossom between humans and animals. The two elephants that we see in the documentary are named Raghu and Ammu.
The Oscar-winning documentary is now streaming on Netflix.