Claire Antao, TNN, Nov 28, 2010, 06.23am IST
PANAJI: “This is not a ‘Save the tiger’ campaign film,” said S Nallamuthu before anyone even suggested it, “I think there are more NGOs working for the cause of tiger protection than there are tigers left in India. I don’t want to be in the crowd.”
Nallamuthu who prefers being called Nalla, said of his film ‘Tiger Queen’, “We have been following machli (the main tigress in the film) in the wild for many years and her life and struggles inspired me to make this film. She is 14 years old and won’t live very long, so we decided to follow her life with her last litter.”
India’s first-ever wildlife film shot on high definition (HD) camera by director Nalla is among the 10 shortlisted environmental films vying for the Indian government’s Vasudha award under the Short Film Category. The film premiered on National Geographic Worldwide and was shown on animal planet in the USA.
‘Tiger Queen’ explores the battle for power and supremacy in the wild tiger family. The action-packed film is set in Ranthambore and Sariska national parks in Rajasthan. “There are no anchors. It’s a real story presented by tracking a tiger family in their habitat,” said Nalla, who feels that after watching this emotional drama the audience will naturally be moved to protect the tiger.