Producer Guneet Monga discusses her views about working with Netflix to distribute the documentary short The Elephant Whisperers and receiving an Oscar nomination in an interview with Hindustan Times.

Following her support of Rayka Zehtabchi’s Period. End of Sentence, Guneet Monga will once more be attending the Oscars. Period. End of Sentence won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2019, and now The Elephant Whisperers, the producer’s most recent film, is up for the same award at the 95th Academy Awards.

This, in my opinion, is the height of our diversity. It certainly showcases our filmmaking prowess. The definition of a commercial movie, and one that is also in Telugu, is RRR. Then there is this documentary in Kattuanayakan that was created by a Tamil lady, a first-time female director, and me, a Hindi-based filmmaker. There is also All That Breathes. There is just a wide range of who we are.

They require more assistance, money, and organisation. It seems to be starting as a format, in my opinion. It serves more as a testament to the amazing filmmakers we have in this nation. I believe that we are only at the beginning of a great period of time because of the entry of foreign platforms, which have actually opened up the market for documentaries to be consumed also by average people who are so accustomed to fiction storytelling.

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