Mike Pandey – Wildlife and Environmental Filmmakers with over 300 Awards
Al Gore wasn't the first person to use a movie to help save the world. In India, the effort to protect everything from whale sharks to elephants, vultures to medicinal plants owe a debt to prolific wildlife-documentary maker Mike H. Pandey." – TIME Magazine.
Mike Pandey is a crusader for the environment and for endangered species. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his high caliber and powerful films and is one of India's most accomplished and iconic nature filmmakers. Mike has waged a three-decade war to defend India's wildlife and environment. Mike was declared Hero of the Environment along with Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed and Cameron Diaz in the October 2009 issue of Time magazine. This is a global recognition for India's green initiative and conservation efforts.
Mike has been the recipient of three Green Oscars. In 1994, he became the first Asian producer/director to win the Wildscreen Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar, for his film The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja. He subsequently went on to win two more Green Oscars, the second one in 2000, for his film Shores of Silence – Whale Sharks in India, which led to the ban on the killing of whale sharks on Indian shores, and the third one for his film The Vanishing Giants – a news feature which exposed the cruel and archaic methods of capture being used for elephants and led to the ban of outdated techniques of wild elephant capture in India. With over three decades of film making experience mike has produced over 600 films and won scores of awards both national and International.
Born in Kenya, the Nairobi National Park, which was at the back of the Pandey household proved a rich source of inspiration for both Mike and his brother Ishwar. Mike’s adventures with the camera started when he was barely seven when an uncle presented him a Kodak Browning Box camera on his birthday. He still owns this heirloom. Trained and educated in the UK and US the brothers experiences have been wide and varied from training in Hollywood, USA as interns, to Director of special effects and war scenes in films like Razia Sultan, Betaab, Gazab etc. in India. But the call of the wild was strong and Mike’s passion and care for the natural world pulled him back to Indian wildlife.
Mike has also produced some of India’s most popular television programmes like Earth Matters – a series on the wildlife and environment of India that has won four international awards and Khullam Khulla – a fun learning educational series for children.
His powerful films are a living proof of the difference one individual can make in bringing about changes locally, nationally and globally.
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