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'Tiger Dynasty': Observational docudrama packed with emotions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Full of stunning close-up visuals of tigers and other animals in their natural habitat, the film by acclaimed wildlife cinematographer S Nallamuthu is about young tigress Baghani, who is chosen to start a new dynasty in Sariska, where rampant poaching had wiped out the entire big cat population.

There she is left to hook up with hot-blooded male suitor Rajore amid leopards and threat of poachers. And for the next two years, every aspect of their lives is followed by the camera.

"The film is about Baghani, daughter of Machli, who ruled the fort for over a decade in Ranthambore.

Drugged and airlifted from her home in Ranthambore to her new life in Sariska, Baghani finds herself in new territory and faces opposition from leopards for territory," Nallamuthu, whose work bagged Rajat Kamal awards for best environment film and cinematography, told PTI.

After some initial hitches, Baghani gradually goes on to prove that she is top cut in Sariska reigning supreme over leopards.

However, there is a setback as Rajore is poisoned by villagers and Baghani is left alone without a mate. But authorities translocate another tiger to give Baghani company, and slowly it seems she is ready to be a mother and script history in Sariska's conservation efforts. (MORE) PTI ZMN BB

First Published: Wed, May 02 2012. 14:15 IST