Bomman and Belli, who appeared in the documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ as elephant caregivers, were all smiles as they posed with the Oscars trophy. Kartiki Gonsalves, the director of ‘The Elephant Whisperers,’ shared a picture of the duo on Instagram. They were both holding the award and posing for the camera.
“It’s been a long four months since we’ve been apart, and now I feel like I’m home….. @theelephantwhisperers,” Kartiki captioned the photo. Vishal Dadlani commented on the photo, “Easily my favorite #Oscars picture ever (clapping emojis).” Esha Gupta used red heart emojis, while Niharika Konidela used a crying face emoji. Mini Mathur stated: “I adore their smiles. Hugs, hugs, hugs.” “Oh my god,” wrote Aahana Kumra.
‘The Elephant Whisperers’ depicted Belli and her husband Bomman’s care and love for abandoned baby elephants at the government-run Theppakkadu Elephant Camp in the Nilgiris District. The short film focused on two elephant calves, Raghu and Ammu, and their strong bond with Belli and Bomman.
At the 95th Academy Awards, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ made history by becoming the first Indian production to win in the Documentary Short Subject category. On March 15, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin honored Bomman and Belli by presenting them with cheques for one lakh rupees each, a shield, and shawls.
M.K. Stalin recently presented Kartiki with a one crore cheque. At the Secretariat, he gave her a memento, a shawl, and a certificate of commendation, as well as a one-crore cheque.