Kartiki Gonsalves, born on 2 November 1986, stands as a trailblazing figure in the world of cinema, holding the prestigious title of an Academy Award-winning director and filmmaker. She proudly holds the distinction of being the first Indian Film Director to achieve this remarkable feat in the history of Indian cinema. A multifaceted talent, Gonsalves is not only a celebrated documentary filmmaker and photographer but also served as a camera operator for esteemed platforms like Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Her directorial prowess shines in “The Elephant Whisperers,” a documentary film she directed, co-executive produced, and served as a cinematographer. The film, produced by Sikhya Entertainment and distributed by Netflix, unfolds in the Mudumalai tiger reserve, a significant part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve in Tamil Nadu, just 30 minutes away from Gonsalves’ hometown. This cinematic masterpiece garnered global acclaim, reaching its pinnacle on 13 March 2023, when it clinched the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards. Notably, it marked the first-ever win in this category for an Indian film.
Walking the red carpet with grace, Kartiki captured every moment of this historic evening as if conducting a symphony of lights. Her vibrant energy, mirrored in her attire, set the stage for an unforgettable night in Hollywood’s annals. Kartiki’s cinematic journey echoes globally—a narrative of passion, resilience, and sheer brilliance. The Medallion of Solidarity, a symbol of unity and strength, found its rightful place, recognizing not only her cinematic contributions but also her unwavering commitment to promoting solidarity, diversity, and inclusivity. The Certificate of Honor, a testament to Kartiki’s extraordinary talent, acknowledges her exceptional storytelling that resonates with audiences worldwide. Her acceptance speech, more than mere gratitude, reverberated as a call to action, urging the industry to dismantle barriers, share diverse narratives, and champion global solidarity.