Substitute the roar
with an occasional grunt.
Substitute the kingdom with a fast diminishing territory. Substitute,
in fact, all the trappings of royalty with an endangered apparatus of
survival. Only then will you begin to perceive the pathos of the lions
of Gir Sanctuary and National Park in Gujarat.
The Lions of Gir is
a 52-minute film on
the last surviving Asiatic lions in the forests of Gir in the state of
The Lions of Gir tracks and documents the life of
the 26- strong pride over a year. The film, shot on 16 mm
celluloid, is the culmination of about two years of tracking and
The interface between the lions and the
human population is
another thing that sets this film apart. It is because of the success
of conservation efforts and human encroachment on their habitat, that
the lions are being forced to look for new habitat.
A classic portrayal of the man - animal
conflict, the film captures the fight for survival played out each day
between the lions and Maladhari tribe's people.