Pride of India: Documentary reveals the true relationship between man and big cat
Mail Online India
Film-maker Praveen Singh of Discovery Channel has captured the incredible tolerance of the people to big cats in a documentary India's Wandering Lions.
The filmmaker took three years to capture on his camera, and on his notepad, this unique bond between humans and beasts.
The programme will be aired on July 6 at 9pm. When asked as to why he chose to document the Gir lion sanctuary, he told Mail Today: "We wanted to bring to audiences this incredible story of lions and people living together and incredibly, the lions seem to be thriving in this landscape — a mix of forest, scrub patches, fields and farms."
Disovery Channel's India's Wandering Lions captures the tolerance of the people to the big cats living in Gujarat's Gir lion sanctuary
There are thousands who swear by the lion in the Saurashtra region, where the king has by now acquired a territory of 20,000 square km
He added: "The central theme of the programme shows how people and lions are living in close proximity with each other. For locals, lions are part of their lives and they are happy to have them around."
Praveen's engagement with the lions and the people who co-exist with them gives a different perspective than what many environmentalists argue.