THE WHITE ELEPHANT

By Aijaz KHAN

NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION / NFDC INDIA (LTD) - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2009

A poor man has to pay a high price for finding himself. As he goes through a variety of changes, so does the world around him – and all this because an elephant walked into his life one day. A story about the strength of faith and the impact of believing.

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Dinard British FF 2011
Prix du meilleur court-métrage / Prix du public
    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • HINDI
    • Duration
    • 114 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Aijaz KHAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Ayeesha MENON
    • Synopsis
    • How much faith does it take to move an elephant? Once upon a time, in a little village in Kerala called Prarthanakulam, there lived a holy elephant that was passed as a gift from one villager to the other every year on the day of the sacred festival.
      The villagers believe that they have been cursed due to the misadventures of their ancestors who indulged in the destruction of forests and poaching. And though the neighboring villages continued to participate in such activities, the villagers of Prarthanakulam changed their ways all because of the holy elephant. As a penance for their past greed and to appease the deities, they now treat this elephant as they would a God. Our story begins when Subri, the poorest and most humble villager, accidentally acquires the elephant on the day of the festival. With a demanding wife and two children to take care of, this 'honor' is too much for Subri to take on and his life descends into turmoil from that day onwards.
      Many envious eyes are cast on the elephant. An eccentric head priest of a neighboring village wants to own the elephant for its Godly status. The priest and his incompetent tantrics try to put a spell on the elephant, then on Subri, and eventually they try to hypnotize the entire village. In another neighboring village, the marijuana mistress wants to possess the elephant in order to boost her revenue. She and her goons attempt to kidnap the elephant in the most peculiar ways. Their attempts get more frantic, they continue to fail, and one day Subri makes a fatal mistake that could cost him his reputation, put the elephant in danger, and obliterate his entire village.
      Subri has to bring the holy elephant back in order to win the trust of the village and the respect of his family…And he is determined to no longer be the worthless, ineffectual man that everyone thinks he is.
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