Entertainment: Bomman and Bellie – the tribal couple who featured in Oscar-winning documentary The Elephant Whisperers – have made some serious allegations against the filmmakers stating that they have failed to remunerate them.
As reported by The Hindu, the couple have said that makers of the documentary have been very irresponsive since winning the Oscars.
As per fresh shocking reports, the couple has alleged that they were subjected to difficult situations during the making of the documentary, adding that they spent large sum of money to cover the expenses of the shoot.
The couple has claimed that they have filed a case against the makers who threatened them to take it back.
The Elephant Whisperers makers react
Meanwhile, makers of The Elephant Whisperers – Sikhya Entertainment and Kartiki Gonsalves – has now responded to the allegations underlining the sole reason behind making the movie.
“The goal in creating The Elephant Whisperers has always been to highlight conservation, the tremendous efforts of the Forest Department and it’s mahouts Bomman and Bellie. Since it’s launch, the documentary has raised awareness of the case and had a real impact on the Mahouts and Cavadis community,” the statement read.
The makers have further said that the documentary is celebrated by heads of the state across India, and the Academy Award is a moment of national pride that has brought widespread recognition for the work of mahouts like Bomman and Bellie.
The Elephant Whisperers makers claim allegations untrue
“All claims made are untrue. We have a deep respect for all of the contributors of this story, and remain drives by the desire to create positive change,” the statement further read.
The development has come just a day after the Tamil Nadu government appointed Bellie as the first permanent woman elephant caretaker at Theppakadu elephant camp in the Nilgiris region.