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Sherni’s message is loud and clear—to save forests, protect those who guard them

Poachers, angry villagers, wild animals, a ream of rules and appalling work conditions, the men and women tasked with protecting India’s wildlife are fighting a lonely battle

June 27, 2021 / 03:10 PM IST
Actor Vidya Balan (centre) in 'Sherni' (screen grab). The film released on Amazon Prime Video, on June 18, 2021.

Actor Vidya Balan (centre) in 'Sherni' (screen grab). The film released on Amazon Prime Video, on June 18, 2021.

Sherni, the latest offering from Amazon Prime, is an uncomfortable reminder of the pitfalls of wildlife conservation and how, for generations, poorly armed forest guards who have a string of rules to adhere to are pitted against poachers and villagers with no rules.

The movie was released on the OTT platform around the time when India witnessed a major spike in poaching during the lockdown period.

As many as 88 poaching incidents were reported between March 23 and May 3, almost double the number reported during the six weeks before the lockdown, officials of the wildlife trade monitoring network said

Tiger experts say Sherni asks a pertinent question: whose job is to save India’s wildlife?