Nitesh: "In my film I have given message that biodiversity around us is also precious and as important as biodiversity found in the forests."
Issue VIII Exclusive Interview Empower
Interviewed by Darshana Prabhutendolkar
3rd April, 2021
Nitesh Parulekar, born in Vengurla, studied 'Applied Arts-Advertising' in Kolhapur, and recently won the Filmfare Award- short film non-fiction category 2021. Previously, he has done Manali- Leh solo cycling, trekking and painting exhibitions across Mumbai and Pune. He is currently working on his first illustrated, wildlife book for children in Marathi.
What inspired you to make ‘Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary’ short film ?
Nitesh: Long ago, I had seen a Slide Show "Urban Wildlife". The presentation was about wildlife found in cities and towns. When I was stuck at home due to COVID-19 Pandemic, I decided to shoot the glimpses of wildlife found around my home, in my backyard in the village of Pinguli. My parents always taught me to respect animals, even snakes. So I wanted to give a message that we don't have to go to the far-off forests to see wildlife or to conserve wildlife. If we give protection to the animals around us, our backyards also can become 'mini sanctuaries'.