Unsuccessful film-maker (Vijay Arora) chronicles the story of two orphaned children, Shibu (Ashwani), and his elder sister, Rani (Gayetri Sharma), who live with their abusive maternal uncle... See full summary »

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Vijay Arora ...
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Ashwani ...
Shibu
Utpal Dutt ...
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Gayatri ...
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Mala Jaggi ...
Mamiji
Sadhu Meher ...
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Shatrughan Sinha ...
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Unsuccessful film-maker (Vijay Arora) chronicles the story of two orphaned children, Shibu (Ashwani), and his elder sister, Rani (Gayetri Sharma), who live with their abusive maternal uncle (Sadhu Meher), and aunt (Mala Jaggi). Things take a turn for the better when Shibu befriends an albino elephant in the nearby forest, and through this elephant, named Airawat, finds a pot full of gold coins. Unfortunately, the uncle and his wife come to know of this, and inform the Emperor (Shatrughan Sinha), who undertakes to capture the elephant at any cost, leaving the uncle and aunt to keep the gold coins for themselves. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Beautiful movie, though too long, about the friendship between man and animal
26 April 2009 | by (Minnepolis, MN) – See all my reviews

Tapas Sinha's Safed Haathi (White Elephant) is one of the rare Indian movies made for children. It won the Indian National Award for the Best Children film. Movie is about the life of an orphan boy in a village near jungle and his friendship with an elephant. The child is saved by the elephant in the jungle and they become friend. Boy returns the favor later when the elephant is caught by an hunting king. And helps the animal in becoming free again.

Music is pleasing on ears but songs obstruct the flow of movie. And movie is too long - unnecessary songs and characters (producer, director, cameraman)- to hold attention of today's kids.

And that's the tragedy! Because "Safed Haathi" carries a beautiful message.


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