Haathi Mere Saathi, the jungle adventure drama looks magnificent with the cinematic experience it offers given its real locations in the jungles of Kerala, and the majestic elephants. But one thing that stands out are the strong women characters, essayed by Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain. Their grit and persistence plays an important role in the fight between man versus the wild.
Actress Shriya Pilgaonkar, who is seen playing a young journalist strives hard to save the elephants and their environment despite many hurdles. Speaking of why director, Prabu Solomon, chose her to play this coveted part in the trilingual, Shriya says, “Prabu Sir feels incredibly passionate about this subject and that reflects in the kind of films he made in the past. I feel he also cast actors who he knew would want to surrender to the process and rough it out because a film like this demands that.”
Sharing from her experience filming this wild wild drama film, Shriya let’s out, “It was incredibly surreal to be shooting in an actual jungle and that made the experience far more authentic because we were actually living our characters in a natural space and there was a strong sense of being one with nature which was very important to the film because the subject of the film talks about co-existence. In that sense it was a unique experience and I really enjoyed it.”
This endearing tale between a man and the elephants is a story inspired by multiple events. A unique concept which is unexplored in Indian cinema before. It traces the narrative of the protagonist (Rana Daggubati), who spends most of his life in the jungle, dedicated to protecting the ecosystem.
The film is directed by National Award winning director, Prabu Solomon, who is an expert on films around wildlife. It is bankrolled by Eros Motion Pictures, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, an established leader in the Indian film industry with a track record of over 40 years.
The pan-India multi-lingual film will be the first trilingual of 2021 and will premiere in three languages, Aranya in Telugu and Kaadan in Tamil. So get ready to see whether Shriya Pilgoankar wins or loses the battle and if she is able to save the elephants and their home on 26th March 2021 in a theatre near you.