The Elephant Whisperers, an upcoming short documentary from Netflix in India, has just been given a release date. The short film, which was screened last week at the DOC NYC 2022 Film Festival in the US, portrays the heartwarming tale of a South Indian couple who fall in love with an orphaned elephant, Raghu, given into their care. The Tamil-language documentary will release on December 8 on Netflix and marks the directorial debut of Kartiki Gonsalves. Guneet Monga and Achin Jain, best known for The Lunchbox, are producing The Elephant Whisperers under the Sikhya Entertainment banner.
Set in the rural setting of a South Indian village, The Elephant Whisperers follows an old married couple, Bomman and Bellie, who devote their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu, helping him recover and survive. What begins as a simple one-time job quickly changes their daily routine as the gentle but majestic creature forms a familial bond that accompanies all activities. The 41-minute documentary will be available on Netflix with English subtitles and highlights the beauty of the exotic wildlife and people living in the area. As the documentary’s platform splash shows, caring for elephants is a generational family business, raising the question of whether the couple’s love for Raghu is an exclusive affair – as he is an orphan.
Sometimes the most extraordinary bonds are unspoken ✨
See how the arrival of an orphaned baby elephant changed the everyday life of a couple who decide to care for him 🐘
The Elephant Whisperer, coming soon! pic.twitter.com/wqTSjqXPRh
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) 14 November 2022
“It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the making of The Elephant Whisperers and to work with Kartiki Gonsalves. At Sikhya Entertainment, we aim to create distinct stories and The Elephant Whisperers is such a short documentary,” producer Monga said in a prepared statement. “It is heartwarming and highlights the beautiful connection we share with not just nature but others living beings on this planet along with the beauty of wildlife and wild spaces of South India. I am delighted that this story will be seen around the globe through a service like Netflix.”
Another film from the international circuit, Ariyippu, starring Kunchacko Boban and Divya Prabha, was acquired by Netflix last month. Directed by Mahesh Narayanan, the Malayalam film is known as Declaration in English and follows a struggling couple with hopes of migrating out of the country. It premiered at the Swiss Film Festival in Locarno and broke India’s 17-year drought in the international competition section.
The Elephant Whisperers will be released on December 8 on Netflix.
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