Wild Dog Diaries
is a wild life film portraying
the behaviour of wild dogs (Cuon
). The film was directed by the photographer duo
of Krupakar-Senani and mainly
picturised in the Bandipur National Park and the Mudumalai National Park of India.
The film is about a pack of dhole
, the Indian
wild dog. It is an endangered species and has been slaughtered till
the end of the 20th century because it was considered as a vermin
. Dholes live in the regions of Central Asia, India, Malay Peninsula and Sumatra and can live
up to 16 years in captivity.
They are mostly rusty-red in
colour and inhabit thick jungles. They live and hunt in packs and
feed on deer, antelope and similar animals.
The film was produced for the National Geographic Channel
completed in the year 2006. It was shot over a period of 10 years .
The shooting of the film was a difficult task because of the
elusive nature of the dhole
and the forest
terrain. While shooting for this film, Krupakar-Senani were
kidnapped and held captive by the forest brigand, Veerappan
The film traces the life of Krupakar, a film maker who wants to
make a film on dhole
but is abandoning the
venture because it is elusive. He encounters a tribal, Bomma, who
gives insights about how to track the dhole. The film is about the
social nature of a pack of dogs. The pack hunts together and
various instances where they co-ordinate to kill a prey is shown.
The meat that the adult dogs eat is regurgitated and the bones
separated which is offered to the smaller pups as their meal. The
film also shows how the adults protect the pups in the pack. Two
female dogs which have strayed from another pack try to join this
pack. The female leader of the pack, sensing that she might lose
out on the male dogs in her pack, tries to prevent them from
joining the pack. But the newcomers manage to lure away some males
from the pack and start their own pack.
won the Festival Grand Award 2007 in the Japanese Wildlife Film
Festival held in Toyama, Japan where it
beat 320 other entries to win it. It also won the Best
Film award in the environment film festival, Vatavaran
2007 held in New
The film won the best documentary film award
in Asian television awards, Singapore 2007