Hathi

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

A film of few words and entrancing images, this tells of a villager who follows his father to become a mahout, working the declining population of Indian elephants. Things go awry when the Forestry Commission sells off his elephant to a private buyer (cue disingenuous mumblings about buyers cheating the government), but Gautier's film is less about story than mood (as measured and leisurely as an elephant's ambling) and message: the usual (quite justified) ecological truisms about skills and customs vanishing beneath the plough of progress. That said, it's a slightly dubious argument. While man and beast certainly work well together, one shouldn't forget the animals are forced to do so, by and purely for the benefit of humans. Still, the movie has a fairytale simplicity,the framing is superb, and the lead pachyderm deserves an Oscar (not to mention his freedom).

Details

Release details

Duration:
97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Philippe Gautier
Screenwriter:
Prajna Chowta
Cast:
Venkatesh
Pyare Jan
Begum Kahurun
Jamedar Sabu Saab
Kawadi Makbul
Nanny Ama
Shabanah Saab
Noorullah
Begum Jamila