Tamil Nadu CM Stalin Honours The Elephant Whisperers’ Director Kartiki Gonsalves With A Cash Prize Of Rs 1 Crore!

The Elephant Whisperers’ director Kartiki Gonsalves made history when she won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2023. Producer Guneet Monga bagged the trophy along with Kartiki. On March 21, Kartiki met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who congratulated her for the win. He honoured Kartiki with a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and a certificate.

The film is a heartwarming story of an indigenous couple who have been given an orphaned elephant, Raghu to look after. The story follows the couple’s journey as they relentlessly work to ensure Raghu’s recovery and survival. The short documentary beautifully stitches the tale of how the couple falls in love with the majestic creature along the course of time. Set against the background of life in the wild spaces of South India The Elephant Whisperers highlights the beauty of exotic wildlife, unforgettable wild spaces, the people and animals who share this space. The documentary is produced by Guneet Monga and Achin Jain under the banner of Sikhya Entertainment


On March 12, The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscar award and created history. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin took to Twitter to congratulate the team. The chief minister wrote, “Congrats to Kartiki Gonsalves & @guneetm on winning the #Oscar. No better news to wake up to than two women bringing the first ever Oscar for an Indian Production. The patient making & the moving story of #TheElephantWhisperers deserve all the praises & accolades it’s getting.”


This documentary has  paved way for many to believe that India truly can take the centre stage globally. It won the Oscar in the ‘Best Documentary Short Film’ category against ‘Haul Out,’ ‘How Do You Measure A Year?’ ‘The Martha Mitchell Effect,’ and ‘Stranger At The Gate’. Proving that two women can take on the world and win.

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