Rajkummar Rao, Prakash Raj and Rishab Shetty have given voice-overs in different languages for the premiere of the documentary ‘Wild Karnataka’ on June 5, which happens to be World Environment Day.
The renowned English broadcaster and natural historian, Sir David Attenborough, narrates the English version while Rao has voiced the Hindi version, with Raj doing the job for the Telugu and Tamil versions, and Shetty in Kannada.
Rao said: “As an actor you’re always looking for interesting stories to tell. However, to be able to narrate the story of our country’s wildlife was an extremely enriching experience for me. ‘Wild Karnataka’ celebrates the spectacular diversity of the Indian state, Karnataka, and brings us closer to the wildlife that thrives in the state. It serves as a good reminder for all of us to truly celebrate our country’s rich natural treasures and work towards preserving them for generations to come.”
Raj connects with the project’s ethos — celebrating the rich bio-diversity that is prevalent in India.
“The magnitude of this wild based magnum opus can be gauged from the fact that this hourlong documentary is sieved from 400 hours of shot footage. To use one’s craft for raising awareness about the beauty and the diversity of our natural heritage is a beautiful thing and now it is up to us, the viewers and the citizens of India to not only celebrate this beauty but also work towards taking care of it,” he said.
Shetty said ‘Wild Karnataka’ is close to his heart as he is from the state.
“Lending my voice to the film in a way helps bring it closer to the people of Karnataka so they can witness the beautiful wildlife that thrives in this state, with a personal touch. It is extremely important for us to save our wildlife and the government and Forest Department of Karnataka are taking great efforts despite the pressures of development and vast human populations. It is time we learn more about this and understand how we can be a part of the solution,” he said.
Produced by filmmakers Amoghavarsha JS and Kalyan Varma in collaboration with Karnataka Forest Department, ‘Wild Karnataka’ focuses on the biodiversity that flourishes in the wild.
The film appreciates the efforts of the people, government and the Forest Department of Karnataka, who are committed towards saving some of the greatest natural history for the future generations.
Further, the movie spotlights the efforts of the government of Karnataka to save tigers and elephants.
The money raised by this launch is being donated to the Tiger Foundation of Karnataka forest Department. It will premiere on June 5 on Discovery, Discovery HD, Animal Planet.