The World’s Most Famous Tiger “MACHLI” Won the National Award for Best Environmental Film
The World's Most Famous Tiger "MACHLI" Won the National Award for Best Environmental Film:
The world's most famous tigress "Machli" is once again in the news. Wildlife filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu's 60-minute wildlife documentary 'World's Most Famous Tiger' has won the Best Environmental Film Award at the 66th National Film Awards. The award was announced on Friday.
This wildlife documentary made on the famous tigress Machli (T-16) of Ranthambore has been selected in the category of Best Indian Environment Film. Filmmaker Nallamuthu will soon be honored with the award by the President at a ceremony in Delhi. Significantly, the film has also been aired on National Geographic and other channels. The film was released last year on the iconic tigress 'Machli'.
The producer and director of this film S. Nallamuthu has won the National Award four times so far. The cast of this non-feature film is the queen of Ranthambore the tigress Machli, known as the most famous tiger in the world.
Subbiah Nallamuthu's four awarded films so far –
- "Tiger Destiny" received the Cinematography Award in the year 2010.
- In 2013, "Life Force" received the National Award.
- In 2013, "Life Force" received the Best Adventure Film Award.
- In the year 2014, "The Most Famous Tiger" was selected for the National Award.
Nallamuthu said, "I am happy to know that my film has received the prestigious award. A lot of hard work was put into the film and I spent about 150 days in the Ranthambore National Park producing the film". This is the fifth wildlife film by Nallamuthu to have received the Presidential Award. Award-winning films include one on the Western Ghats and three on the tigers.
The film, based on tigress Machli, "the world's most famous tiger" has been dubbed in 12 regional languages. It has been broadcast in more than 100 countries. He has spent more than Rs. 1.5 crores for the production of the film. He wanted the government to recognize wildlife filmmakers like him by giving grants to some people, as these films are creating huge environmental and tiger conservation awareness among the public.
The documentary depicts the life journey of tigress Machli in Rajasthan's famous Ranthambore National Park. This 60-minute wildlife documentary is the story of the longest surviving tigress Machli in the vicinity of the famous Ranthambore Fort in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. The film is shot over a period of nine years in Ranthambore National Park, showing the incredible legacy of the tigress from its primeval to till her death.
Nallamuthu started shooting for Tigress Machli in 2007 when she was 10 years old. On August 18, 2016, the tigress died at the age of 20. Coincidentally, the filmmaker Nallamuthu was present in Ranthambore when the tigress died.
Machli has spent her entire life around the fort in Ranthambore where she established her dominance over an area of about 900 square kilometers and gave birth to 11 tiger cubs, including male and female. Finally created a gene pool of about 45-50 tigers in Ranthambore National Park.
She has gained worldwide fame due to his sheer austerity. She killed a 14-foot crocodile at Rajbagh area in Ranthambore. She defended his territory from big male tigers and despite losing her canine teeth and one eye, successfully brought up her cubs. Most other wild tigers live to the age of 15 while Machli crossed the age limit of all of them and died in August 2016 at the age of 20.
The world's best-known tiger contains special footage of Machli's significant relationship with humans – some have even fed her as she grows older. In addition, the male and female tigers harmonize the scenes, and in the final moments there is a natural death of the tiger, which is also beautifully captured in the film.
Apart from a great tribute to the Tiger Queen of Ranthambore, the award-winning Nallamuthu of this documentary aims to create emotional connections between tigers and humans and promote tiger conservation among people.