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Oscars 2023 | 'The Elephant Whisperers': Co-cinematographer Anand Bansal on how everyone's honesty made the film singular

Kartiki Gonsalves' Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary short, 'The Elephant Whisperers', has been shot by four cinematographers, one of whom, Anand Bansal, speaks about wielding the camera and his various projects. The 95th Academy Awards' final results will be announced on March 13.

January 26, 2023 / 03:34 PM IST
Anand Bansal (right) is one of the four cinematographers on the Oscars-shortlisted Netflix documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers'. (Photos courtesy Anand Bansal)

Anand Bansal (right) is one of the four cinematographers on the Oscars-shortlisted Netflix documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers'. (Photos courtesy Anand Bansal)

The camera zooms into a forest, on to its myriad wildlife, in the wilderness stands an elderly Bomman, who calls himself Kattunayakan, the king of the forest, which is his home; where he belongs; where the wild animals roam free; where, for generations, lived his ancestors. The lens goes aerial to show the expanse of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, in 2019, and then to the Theppakadu Elephant Camp, one of Asia's oldest elephant camps, established 140 years ago.

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The Elephant Whisperers, directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and produced by Guneet Monga's Sikhya Entertainment Production, has been nominated for the 95th Academy Awards, one of the three Indian films to be nominated. Monga, who was the executive producer of Rayka Zehtabchi’s Oscar-winning documentary short Period. End of Sentence (2018), is also the Academy's voting member.

(From right) Bellie, Baby Ammu, Bomman and Raghu in 'The Elephant Whisperers'. (Image courtesy: Anand Bansal) (From right) Bellie, Baby Ammu, Bomman and Raghu in 'The Elephant Whisperers'. (Image courtesy: Anand Bansal)