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RAIPUR: Tribal Bastar's "Tiger Boy", who had shot into international fame as a 10-year-old after starring in an Oscar-winning movie the " Jungle Saga" by Swedish director Arne Suksdorff in the 1960s, passed away at his native village Garh Bengal in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh.

"Chendru Mandavi died after a prolonged illness, triggered out of a paralytic stroke which he had suffered last year. He died on September 18 in Bastar," said his friend Yeshwant Ramteke who posted an appeal on social networking sites last month requesting for the support of the people, saying that his family was struggling for his treatment.

Shot into fame at the age of ten as a 'Tiger Boy' in the 1960 Oscar-winning movie 'Jungle Saga' that depicted his amazing friendship with a tiger in the jungle, Chendru's journey from the remote district of Bastar to international glory and back again to the still remote and backward village in Narayanpur district is a story of short-lived fame. Chendru became more famous when a book "Chendru: The boy and the tiger" was written on him, which eventually became a bestseller

Belonging to the 'Muria' tribe community, Chendru's destiny took a change after he rescued a tiger cub in the jungles of Abujhmad, adjoining his village in 1959, and reared the wild animal till it became fully grown. This had promoted the noted Swedish filmmaker Arnie Sucksdorff to visit the village in 1960s to make a movie based on Chendru's true life story. His wife Astrid, who had accompanied her husband, later wrote a book titled "Chendru: The boy and the tiger".

His lead role in the 90-minute movie had then made him a celluloid star in Europe. In Sweden, the young tribal boy saw "modern life" in the 1960s and dreamt of going out of his village to study. He was taken by Sucksdorff to Sweden where he stayed at their home for several months and explored the country.

Hemant Panigrahi, a journalist from Bastar, recalled that Chendru had once told him during an interview that he had met former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Bombay and made a promise to do something for him but his father did not allow him to go anywhere.

In the later years of life, Chendru had to struggle as a labourer fighting for two square meals everyday. Chendru eventually died as an unsung hero, sandwiched between the memories of his short-lived reel fame and the hard knocks of real life.





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A German woman from Japan has come to the aid of ailing 'tiger boy' Chendru, a primitive tribal of Chhattisgarh who shot to fame in 1960 for his amazing friendship with a tiger in jungles of Bastar.
Learning about the 78-year-old Chendru Mandavi’s sickness from a social networking site, Fenco Emmanuili, a German national settled in Tokyo, has provided a financial assistance of Rs1.17 lakh
for his medical treatment through Narayanpur district administration.
A member of primitive Muria tribe community, Chendru suffered a paralytic stroke on September 21 in his village of Gadabangar in south Bastar’s Narayanpur district, but was admitted in the hospital only a week later by the local administration after the national and local media highlighted his misery.
Chendru Mandavi rose to fame when he rescued a tiger cub in the jungles of Abujhmad, adjoining his village in 1959, and reared him till the wild animal became full grown. Their deep friendship had then become a talk in the region drawing even foreign tourists to the remote village then to witness their bonding.
This had prompted the noted Swedish film-maker Arnie Sucksdorff to visit the village in 1960 to make a movie A Jungle Tale on Chendru true life story. His wife Astrid, who had accompanied her husband during the filming of the movie, wrote a book titled, Chendru, the boy and the tiger, a best seller then.




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Thanks for sharing this information, tirtha22. Very interesting!
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Jungle Dreams - Documentary film based on Chendru

@tirtha22, thanks for sharing the news & the story. Interesting but sad.

I found a video on you tube 'Jungle Dreams' by Pramod Mathur. It studies the impact of the Swedish film on this simple tribal boy viz-a-viz his relationship with kinsmen and the changes in his life forty years later.


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