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The Elephant Whisperers : All you need to know about this Oscar winning short documentary

Tamil documentary The Elephant Whisperers brings Oscar to India. The documentary won Best Documentary Short at the 95th Academy Awards making it a maiden victory for India in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film’s director Kartiki Gonsalves and producer Guneet Monga went up on stage to pick the golden statue. The film is available on Netflix. 

By winning the Oscar in 2023, producer Guneet Monga’s documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ has made the country proud. The category for ‘Best Documentary Short Film’ was won by ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ at the Oscars. At this victory of the documentary film on the global stage, the entire nation is filled with pride and cheer.


The plot of ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ revolves around Boman and Bela, two elephant carers. This movie is about the human connection to nature and animal welfare. The love between the elephant and its owner is the central theme of the entire narrative. The audience is left moved by the bond between the two.”The Elephant Whisperers”, directed by Kartiki Gonsalves, in its 39-minute runtime, depicts an unbreakable bond between two abandoned elephant calves Raghu and Amu and their caretakers, Bomman and Belli.

Watch Guneet Monga’s reaction after winning the 95th Academy Award

The Elephant Whisperers is a 2022 Indian-American short documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves in her directorial debut. The documentary is about the bond that develops between a couple and an orphaned baby elephant, Raghu, who was entrusted to their care. 

It tells the story of Bomman and Belli, an indigenous couple who are endowed with an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu. They go to great lengths to ensure that the vulnerable, injured infant survives and grows into a healthy juvenile. The couple and the elephant form an unbreakable bond. The documentary is set in the Mudumalai National Park in the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu, India, and highlights the natural beauty of the location. It delves into the lives of tribal people who live in harmony with nature.


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