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“Passion and Insight is needed for wildlife documentary” – Naresh Bedi 
 


Mumbai: February 5,2010

“Wildlife 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. 
 

Naresh Bedi 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 career. 
 

While interacting, he said that, technical know-how is important for film-making, plus you need lots of patience while shooting wildlife documentary. 
 

Expressing his 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.

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