Bomman and Bellie were the first to watch 'The Elephant Whisperers': Kartiki Gonsalves

Reports were doing rounds that the elephant caretakers featured in it are yet to see the documentary.

Published: 14th March 2023 02:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2023 02:39 PM   |  A+A-

'The Elephant Whisperers'

Elephant whisperers Bomman and Bellie. (Photo | Netflix)

Express News Service

It’s been more than 24 hours since India made a glorious representation at the Oscars 2023 by taking home two awards back home. With one of them being the documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers', which bagged the award for Best Documentary Short, reports were doing rounds that the elephant caretakers featured in it are yet to see the documentary.

However, dismissing the claims, Kartiki Gonsalves, who directed and also worked as one of the cinematographers in the documentary said that the caretakers have seen the film and were in fact, among the first to watch it.

Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “I’d like to address that Bomman and Bellie were the very first people to watch the documentary at a special viewing by me. They live in the core area of the forest and do not have access to streaming channels.”

'The Elephant Whisperers' is set in the Theppakadu Elephant Camp and follows the lives of two caretakers Bomman and Bellie who take two elephant calves Raghu and Ammukutty under their wings.

The documentary also explores the human-animal relationship, the wilderness of nature, and the culture of indigenous tribes.

The documentary is produced by Guneet Monga and is available for streaming on Netflix.

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