"We captured something that was never witnessed before"- An interview with the director of Wild Karnataka, India's landmark wildlife film
Made out of 400-plus hours of footage shot over a period of four years, this movie on our rich biodiversity has the legendary David Attenborough lending his voice for the narration.
A lot of us grew up watching Animal Planet and Nat Geo Wild on television. Some of us still binge-watch Our Planet on Netflix. But did we know we had the same, exciting, thrilling stories in our own backyard, in Karnataka?
Wild Karnataka, a 54-minute documentary on one of India’s richest bio-diverse hotspots, takes you there and how!
Made out of 400-plus hours of footage shot over a period of four years, this movie has the legendary David Attenborough lending his voice for the narration.
“One quarter of India’s plant and animal species are found here”, and later when he says, “Karnataka is home to more tigers than any other place in the world. The 400 individuals that live here makeup 10 percent of the global tiger population,” Attenborough narrates.
Wild Karnataka was produced by award-winning film-makers Amoghavarsha J S, Kalyan Varma, Naturalist Sarath Champati and Indian Forest Officer, Vijay Mohan Raj, in collaboration with the Karnataka Forest Department, Icon Films and Mudskipper. The theme music was composed by Grammy-winning composer and music-producer, Ricky Kej.
We talked to Amoghavarsha, one of the directors of the film, to understand how the film was conceived, shot and what it means for the future of wildlife filmmaking in India.
The Indian express reviewed it as “a stunning look at the diversity of life in India’s Richest habitat.” The film is running in packed theatres across India. According to the makers of the film the response has been so overwhelming that they consider the film as a “movement”, and hope that the Indian audience sit up and take pride over the rich bio-diversity they co-exist with.