It is a historic day for India as the Indian documentary film 'Elephant Whisperers' won the Oscar in the 'Best Documentary Short Film' category at the 95th Academy Awards. The documentary depicts an unbreakable bond between two abandoned elephants and their caretakers.
The Netflix documentary bested ''Haulout", ''How Do You Measure a Year?'', ''The Martha Mitchell Effect'' and ''Stranger at the Gate'' to scoop the trophy. Director of the Tamil documentary Kartiki Gonsalves and producer Guneet Monga took centre stage to accept the honour.
'The Elephant Whisperers' wins the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film. Congratulations! #Oscars#Oscars95pic.twitter.com/WeiVWd3yM6— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 13, 2023
Soon after the win, the internet went into overdrive with congratulatory messages. Netflix India wrote, ''Whispers turn to roars! THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS JUST WON AN OSCAR.''
‘The Elephant Whisperers' themselves, Bommon and Bellie are the real stars of the show. It is only through their constant support, and willingness to share a piece of their life with the world, that this film won this highest honour. pic.twitter.com/HwjatKQw6W— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 13, 2023
Whispers turn to roars!— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 13, 2023
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS JUST WON AN OSCAR 🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/ZeD0MhzbaL
Team 'RRR' also took to its official Twitter handle to congratulate the 'Elephant Whisperers' team for their win.
Congratulations to the entire team of #TheElephantWhisperers on winning an #Oscar for the best documentary short!! 🤩🤩. #Oscars— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) March 13, 2023
Bureaucrat Supriya Sahu wrote, ''What fabulous news..India's 'The Elephant Whisperers' wins #Oscars award for the Best Documentary Short Film. A proud moment for Tamil Nadu Forest Department.''
Indian Forest Service officer Sudha Ramen commented, ''Truly a proud moment for India and Tamil Nadu This true love & the strong bond between the foster parents & the orphaned elephant calf gets one other coveted recognition to Tamil Nadu's conservation efforts and to the Mudumalai Elephant camp.''
Check out some other reactions:
The Elephant Whisperers Wins Oscar 2023 for Best Documentary Short Film. #TheElephantWhisperers.— Nimishaben Suthar (@Nimishaben_BJP) March 13, 2023
Congratulations to the entire team✨#Oscars#Oscars2023pic.twitter.com/ysSD0YI7Om
HISTORRYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Yassssssss #TheElephantWhisperers Wins #Oscar 😍😇🥳Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!— Preeti Hoon (@preetiihoon) March 13, 2023
Many congrats @guneetm 🇮🇳⭐️ cant get better than this❤️😎🥰🙏🏻#India#Oscars#Oscars2023#Oscars95#GuneetMonga#KartikiGonsalvespic.twitter.com/kqvMU0w6xw
What a fabulous news 💪India's 'The Elephant Whisperers' wins #Oscars award for the Best Documentary Short Film. A proud moment for Tamil Nadu Forest Department Congratulations Kartiki @EarthSpectrum#TNForest#Oscars#Oscars95#AcademyAwards2023#Oscars2023pic.twitter.com/dyHvV4fYcw— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) March 13, 2023
Congratulations to the team of The Elephant Whisperers for winning #Oscars award for Best Documentary Short Film. Well-deserved win! Your powerful storytelling has touched hearts around the world. @guneetm— Prafull Billore (@Prafull_mbachai) March 13, 2023
Here you go, India🇮🇳#TheElephantWhisperers has won Best Documentary Short Film at the 2023 #Oscars— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) March 13, 2023
Congratulations to the entire team. pic.twitter.com/JaXZLDAUIw
In her winning speech, Kartiki Gonsalves said, "I stand here today to speak on the sacred bond between us and our natural world. For the respect of indigenous communities. For entity towards other living beings, we share our space with. And finally for co-existence. Thank you to the academy for recognizing our film highlighting indigenous people and animals.
To Netflix for believing in the power of this film. To Guneet my Producer and my entire team and finally, to my mother father and sister who are up there somewhere, you're the centre of my universe. To my motherland India."
The Elephant Whisperers, set in the Mudumalai National Park, is the tale of an orphaned elephant calf named Raghu in the care of Bomman and Belli, an indigenous couple. The documentary celebrates not just the bond that develops between them as well as the natural beauty of their surroundings. The Elephant Whisperers was released on Netflix in December 2022.