The makers of 'The Elephant Whisperers' meets President Droupadi Murmu!

(This article is authored by Alar)

'The Elephant Whisperers', the Tamil documentary that won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards, as it made history by becoming the first Indian film to win in that category. In the latest to feed, President Droupadi Murmu on Friday met Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga, the makers of ' She congratulated them on their historic achievement and praised them for highlighting India's tradition of conservation and living in harmony with nature. 

The film has received widespread acclaim and appreciation from various quarters, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met with Gonsalves and Monga and congratulated them on their achievement.  She also praised them for showcasing India's tradition of conservation and living in harmony with nature as she met with them today at Rashtrapati Bhavan and expressed her admiration for their work.

The official Twitter handle of the President of India on March 31st shared the pictures of the meet, posing with them holding a showpiece elephant. and said, “President Droupadi Murmu met the makers of Oscar-winning documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers', Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga. She congratulated them on winning the award and praised them for showcasing India's tradition of conservation and living in harmony with nature.”

'The Elephant Whisperers' is a short documentary film that tells the story of an indigenous couple who adopt an orphaned baby elephant and raise him as their own son. The film captures the bond between humans and animals, as well as the beauty and diversity of the Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, where the film is set. The film was directed by debutant Kartiki Gonsalves and produced by Guneet Monga under her banner Sikhya Entertainment. 

The film was shot over five years and features stunning visuals of the natural beauty of the park, as well as intimate moments of love and affection between the protagonists. The film also features original music by Sven Faulconer, which adds to the emotional impact of the story. The film had its world premiere at the Doc NYC Film Festival in November 2022, where it received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film was then released globally by Netflix on December 8, 2022, reaching millions of viewers around the world.