A mahout's-eye view of the true essence and beauty of a tiger in the wild...
BAFTA winning British wildlife documentarian John Downer ("Puma: Lion of the Andes" & "Africa's Wild Dogs") heads into the jungle for a closer look at one of the world's most beautiful creatures, thanks to the extraordinary photography of the late Chip Houseman, in this BBC television special which was awarded the 2000 BAFTA for Best Factual Photography.
British institution Sir David Attenborough introduces us to Kanha National Park Chief Mahout Bir Singh, who in turn guides us deep into the forests of Kippling's Jungle Book, where a tigress walks a tightrope between success and failure as she faces the monsoon, packs of Indian wild dogs and an aggressive male challenger as she struggles to raise a family.
A 12 year old Royal Bengal Tiger named Lakshmi heads up a cast which includes her three young cubs, an estranged daughter and their prey engaged in all manner of secretive behaviour brilliantly and bitingly explained by the unmistakable dulcet tones of the most beautiful naturalist on the planet, whose enthusiasm continues to burn brightly.
The filmmakers augment the sumptuous cinematography of Chip Houseman, who passed away during the production, with the sweeping score of Nicholas Hooper and little else as the bare bones of Lakshmi's extraordinary story, not resolved until the closing credits. in one of the safest places for tigers in the world is more than enough for us to see the true essence and beauty of a tiger in the wild.
"Killing lessons can be fun."
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