"The Good City" writer Subhalakshmi Roy reviewed "Elephants in the Coffee" after D.K. Bhaskar presented the film to the Press Club of Bangalore in May.
He writes, "Shot mainly around Nagarahole National Park and the surrounding coffee estates, the film is an unsparing analysis of how the animal which was once revered as the living embodiment of Lord Ganesha, is now seen as a ‘giant menace’."
The article notes that the district of Coorg, also known as Kogadu, produces about a third of India's coffee, and it is going through ecological turmoil. The growth of coffee plantations has come at the expense of elephant habitat. Now those plantations are "hotbeds of man-animal conflicts," he writes.
Roy suggests the government's current solution of capturing killer elephants and forcing them into a lifetime of submission to man is a terrible vision of the future. "It is heart-breaking to see the largest land mammal in a cage – alive, but in servitude," he writes.
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College