Oscars 2023: Guneet Monga, Kartiki Gonsalves: Meet the two women behind Oscar-winning documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers'

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Indians on Monday woke up to a happy morning as 'The Elephant Whisperers' directed by Kartiki Gonsalves and produced by Guneet Monga won Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards

Oscars 2023: Historic
win for The Elephant

The Elephant Whisperers
wins Oscar

The Netflix documentary, which was released in December 2022, became the first Indian production to win an Oscar in this category

Interestingly, this isn't the first time that Guneet Monga has brought the Oscar to India. In 2019, Monga's documentary 'Period: End of Sentence' by Iranian American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi bagged the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject

Guneet Monga bags
second Oscar

The Elephant Whisperers
producer Guneet Monga

Indian film producer Monga has also been associated with projects such as 'Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1', 'Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2', 'Peddlers', 'The Lunchbox', 'Masaan', 'Zubaan' and 'Pagglait'

The Elephant Whisperers is Kartiki Gonsalves' directorial debut and it managed to create history on a global stage. The film revolves around an orphaned elephant calf named Raghu in the care of an indigenous couple named Bomman and Belli

Oscar-winning documentary
The Elephant Whisperers

Kartiki Gonsalves is a photojournalist and filmmaker based out of Mumbai, whose work focuses on wildlife, environment and nature. She also explores cultures, communities, and animals

Who is Kartiki Gonsalves?

The Oscar winning director of the documentary dedicated her big win to "motherland India". Kartiki Gonsalves thanked the academy for recognising the film, and her producer Guneet Monga as well as the entire team of The Elephant Whisperers

Oscars 2023: Kartiki
Gonsalves dedicates award
to "motherland India"

Kartiki Gonsalves reportedly shot the story of the indigenous couple on her phone, a GoPro, and then a DSLR camera. She reportedly had 400 hours of footage, which was finally edited to 40 minutes

The Elephant Whisperers
at Oscars 2023

Reacting to the win, producer Guneet Monga tweeted, "We just won the first ever Oscar for an Indian Production! Two women did this! I am still shivering" 

"Two women did this"

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