The Elephant Whisperers, one of India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, has won the prize for Best Documentary Short Film at the Oscars 2023. Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga produced the movie. Together with this, the films “Haulout,” “The Martha Mitchell Effect,” “Stranger at the Gate,” and “How Do You Measure a Year” were nominated in the same category.
The 30-minute movie centers on the relationship between Raghu, an orphaned elephant, and Bomman and Bellie, a couple who dedicate their lives to raising Raghu and defending him from poachers. The movie, which features the Indian heritage of environmental conservation, is based in Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai National Park. On December 8, 2022, Netflix made it available.
Reacting on the Oscars win, Monga tweeted, “We just won the first ever Oscar for an Indian Production! Two women did this! I am still shivering (sic).”
We just win the first ever Oscar for an Indian Production!
Two women did this! I am still shivering ♥️🐘♥️🐘♥️
— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) March 13, 2023