In a historic moment for Indian cinema, "Elephant Whisperers," a documentary short film produced by Vineet Monga, has won an Oscar in the Best Documentary Short Film category at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony held on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
This marks the first time that an Indian film has won an Oscar in the documentary short film category. "Elephant Whisperers" showcases the efforts of a group of elephant whisperers who work to rehabilitate and care for elephants in the forests of southern India.
The film, which runs for 40 minutes, highlights the challenges faced by these individuals as they strive to protect these gentle giants from poachers and other threats to their survival. It was directed by Swati Thiyagarajan and produced by Monga's production company, Sikhya Entertainment.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Monga dedicated the award to the elephant whisperers and expressed her gratitude for the recognition. "I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of the brave elephant whisperers of India, who have dedicated their lives to the protection of these magnificent creatures," she said.
The win was celebrated by the Indian film fraternity and the country's political leaders, who took to social media to congratulate Monga and the film's team. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Congratulations to Vineet Monga and the entire team of 'Elephant Whisperers' for winning the Oscar in the Best Documentary Short Film category. The film highlights India's rich wildlife and the efforts of our conservationists."
This Oscar win is a significant milestone for the Indian film industry, which has been growing in prominence in recent years. It serves as a reminder of the talent and creativity that exists in the country's film fraternity and the potential for Indian cinema to make a mark on the global stage.
As the curtains closed on the 95th Academy Awards ceremony, "Elephant Whisperers" had etched its name in history, leaving behind a legacy of excellence and inspiration for filmmakers across the world.