Amazon’s Critically Acclaimed Series “Poacher” Depicts Real-Life Heroes in the Fight Against Ivory Poaching

The Amazon Original series “Poacher” has garnered global praise for its genuine portrayal and compelling performances since its premiere. Emmy Award-winner Richie Mehta skillfully crafts this eye-opening eco-thriller, set against the lush forests of Kerala and the urban landscape of Delhi. Unveiling the intricate investigation behind India’s largest ivory-poaching syndicate in 2015, the crime drama serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by majestic elephants.

In “Poacher,” the spotlight is on wildlife crime fighters Jose Louies, Amit Mallick, Manu Sathyan, Surendra Kumar, and Vivek Menon. Renowned actors Roshan Mathew, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Nimisha Sajayan, Vinod Sharawat, and Sudhanva Deshpande bring these characters to life, drawing inspiration from real-life officers dedicated to environmental conservation and wildlife protection.

Roshan Mathew portrays Alan Joseph, a tech-savvy conservationist at the Wildlife Trust of India, inspired by Jose Louies, Chief of Wildlife Crime Control Division. Dibyendu Bhattacharya, acclaimed actor, embodies Neel Banerjee, reflecting the real-life Amit Mallick, a driving force in the operations against ivory poaching.

Nimisha Sajayan takes on the role of Mala Jogi, a Kerala Forest Department range officer, representing various individuals met by Richie during series research, mainly modeled on Manu Sathyan, DCF of Kerala Forest Department. Nimisha had the privilege of interacting with the real-life counterparts, gaining valuable insights into the depth and emotional commitment embodied by the role.

Vinod Sharawat portrays Kishore Kumar, Additional Principal Conservator of Forests (Vigilance), inspired by Surendra Kumar, IFS, one of the primary investigators during “Operation Shaker.” Sudhanva Deshpande plays Vishal, Alan’s mentor and founder of the Wildlife Trust of India, inspired by Vivek Menon, a prominent conservationist currently serving as Deputy Chair of IUCN-SSC and Chair of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group.

The actors have spared no effort to authentically embody their characters, bringing to life the heroes involved in the series. Produced by QC Entertainment in collaboration with Alia Bhatt’s Eternal Sunshine Productions, Suitable Pictures, and Poor Man’s Productions, “Poacher” unfolds primarily in Malayalam, Hindi, and English. The series is available for streaming on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories, featuring subtitles in over 35 Indian and foreign languages.

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