The White Elephant
Director: Aijaz Khan Starring: Prashant Narayanan, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neena Gupta. Run time: 115 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18 Language: Hindi | Year: 2009 | Country: India
A delightful and warm-hearted family film, The White Elephant takes us to traditional rural Kerala where elephants are still very much part of religious custom. It is time for the holiest of ceremonial elephants to choose which one of the local villagers will feed and look after him for the coming year.
This is a great honour, but also a heavy financial burden as elephants have big appetites. The local priest is sure he will end up in the care of the local landlord, but the wily Haathi has other plans and with his trunk taps the local drunk on the shoulder. The villagers are shocked, the drunk and his family are beside themselves, but custom and the elephant god must be obeyed.