Wildscreen 2000
The Citta di Toronto at the Cinemambient Awards 2001
The 6th Sichuan Festival, China 2001
The Honour of Knowledge Award at Baristlava, Slovakia2001
The Golden Jury Award, Worldfest, Houston 2002
The Rolls Royce Commonwealth Broadcasting Award UK 2002
Ecofilm, Award in the Category of Documentary 2002
Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic Award 2002
Wildlife Trust of India , Endangered Species Award 2002
Vatavaran 2003 Prithviratan Award for Outstanding Achievment
  in Global Conservation
National Award for Best Adventure and Exploration Film 2005


Shot under extreme conditions and threats from the local mafia, the film took 3 years to complete. This is the first ever and only video documentation of the massacre of whale sharks on the Indian coast.

This film moved the government of India into bringing in legislation and banning the killing of Whale Sharks on Indian shores. The Whale Shark was declared protected under the Indian Wildlife Act- 1972, bringing it at par with the Tiger and the Rhino. This was a landmark move. It was the first marine species to be protected under the Indian law.

In November 2002, at the international CITES meet in Chile, Santiago, a negative voting changed into an overwhelming positive after this film was shown to the delegates - bringing global protection of the Whale Shark and giving the largest fish in the world a new lease of life.

The Film has also been greatly successful in bringing about change in the attitude of fisher folk along the Gujarat coast who have now become their guardians.


About Riverbank Studios

Riverbank Studios was set up in 1973 by internationally recognized filmmaker
Mike H Pandey. Based in New Delhi with over 35 years of experience in filmmaking,
the studio is a wholly integrated set up equipped to handle the entire film pipeline
from pre-production, production to post production including animation and VFX.

The creative impulse at Riverbanks is driven by the need to work on ideas
that are dynamic and socially and environmentally responsible.

Our productions are diverse; wildlife and environment, corporate and advertisement films, feature films, entertainment series for television, children’s programming, animation and public awareness campaigns.

Shooting all over India we have developed a tremendous bank of footage and stories
that represent various facets of the country’s incredible natural and social heritage.



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