Los Angeles (USA) : Tamil language documentary ‘The Elephant Whispers’ has won the first Oscar for India in the ‘Documentary Short Subject’ category. Directed by Karthik Gonsalves, the documentary from OTT (over-the-top) platform ‘Netflix’ beat ‘Holout’, ‘How Do You Measure an Year?’, ‘The Martha Mitchell Effect’ and ‘Stranger at the Gate’ in this category.
Kartiki Gonsalves, while accepting the award, dedicated it to his “motherland India”. “I would like to draw attention here today to the sacred bond between us and nature, respect for indigenous communities, and empathy for other living beings and ultimately coexistence,” she said. Gonsalves thanked the Academy Award, producer Guneet Monga, his family and dedicated the award to his “motherland India”.
“Thank you to the Academy for appreciating our film, the focus on the natives and the animals… to Netflix for believing in us… to Boman and I for sharing your tribal understanding with my producer Guneet,” she added. Thanks Bailey…. He said, “Thank you to my entire team as well as my mother, father and sister… and my motherland India…
The documentary ‘The Elephant Whispers’ is based on the unbreakable bond between two elephants and their caretakers. It is also produced by Sikhya Entertainment’s Monga and Achin Jain. Monga did not say anything on the stage, although after some time he expressed his happiness on the social media platform Instagram. He wrote, “History was created tonight as the first time a documentary made under the banner of an Indian production company has won an Oscar.
Whereas, Indian documentary ‘All That Breathes’ on climate change missed out on winning the award in the Best Documentary Feature category. Daniel Rohr’s ‘Navalny beat him. The documentary ‘Navalny’ is based on the events surrounding Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his alleged poisoning. The Oscar ceremony is being organized at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Monday morning (Indian time).
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