The fascinating story of Machali, the tigress who was the Queen of Ranthambore, captured in the camera of Subbaih Nalla Muthu for his documentary ‘The World’s Most Famous Tiger’ will be screened at the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival.

‘The World’s Most Famous Tiger’, the  44 minute documentary on the legendary tigress Machli (T-16) of Ranthambore National Park had won National Award in the category ‘Best Indian Environment Film’ in 2019.

Once the pride of Ranthambore, Machli was known by different names like ‘Lady of the Lake’, ‘Queen of Rathambore’ and ‘Crocodile Killer’ She is also labeled as the most photographed tigress in the world. The Tigress was known for her hunting skills and strength. In an incident that happened in 2003 she fought with and killed a 12-foot-long mugger crocodile. The royal tigress passed away on 18th August 2016.

‘Machili’ means fish in Hindhi. The reason behind her name Machli was the fish-shaped mark on the left ear of her face. She is well known for her abilities to conquer Crocodiles in lakes. She was also very choosy about her food habits.

Between 1998 and 2009, the extraordinary popularity of Machli helped the Indian government earn nearly US$100 million.She won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” due to her contribution to conservation and tourist attraction.Indian Government issued a commemorative postal cover and stamp to honor Machli for her ecological and economical contributions.Machli passed away at the age of 20, which made her the world’s oldest-surviving tigress in the wild. This age is higher than the average lifespan (10 to 15 years) of tigers in the wild.A film on Machali, “The World;s Most Famous Tiger”, won the National Award at the 66th National Film Awards.
She was the world’s oldest-surviving tigress in the wild. She died at the age of 20, which is higher than the average lifespan (10 to 15 years) of tigers in the wild.

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