photography was my passion since young age, so after completing
my graduation in photography, I decided to turn my passion, into
my profession, and with lots of hard work today I have succeeded
in making considerably good documentaries on wildlife”, said
noted documentary maker and conservationist Naresh Bedi, during
the Press Conference held today at Audio-Visual theatre of NCPA
as a part of 11th edition of MIFF’2010.
inherited interest in wildlife from his father, who was a master
of medicinal plants. Though, he had taken formal education in
photography and film-making, he was never interested in
Bollywood films. His first love was wildlife and so, he very
naturally, he decided to shoot his first documentary on
Crocodiles with his brother. That is how, Bedi started his
interacting, he said that, technical know-how is important for
film-making, plus you need lots of patience while shooting
views on animal conservation and man-animal conflict, Mr. Bedi
said that forest department and environmentalists are doing
their best, but some problems are very difficult to solve
practically, such as man-animal conflict, where interests and
lives of both sectors needs to be protected. He also expressed
that, politicizing such sensitive issue is certainly not fair.
Society and government both should try to find out some
golden-mean for these problems.
Mr. Bedi also
shared his thrilling and exciting experiences while shooting
wildlife documentaries especially when Bedi brothers used a
‘hot-air balloon’ to explore the wilderness of deep ravines and
wildlife in Bandhagarh and other reserve forest areas.
Naresh Bedi is
internationally known conversationalist and documentary maker,
who, with his brother, established traditions of wildlife
filmmaking in India. Bedi brother’s film making company
produced their first documentary. ‘The Ganges Gharial’ on the
highly endangered crocodile found in River Ganga. It was the
first wildlife documentary in India. With that, he also made
films like “Ghostly ravines of Chambal”, “Ladakh – The Forbidden
Wilderness”, “Sadhus: India’s Holy men”, and “The Cherub of the
Mist”. His films were screened in a Retrospectives Section of
MIFF. One of his films, “On the Trail of Tiger” was screened
during the opening ceremony of the festival.