Makbul was born under the sign of the elephant. He grew up in daily proximity to the wild and domesticated elephants that inhabited the forests around his native village in southern India. When an elephant calf named Vikrama is born, the animal is placed under Makbul’s care. The boy raises and trains the elephant, and they become inseparable companions. Years pass, and Makbul and his elephant grow to adulthood together. Hathi (Hindi for elephant) offers a rare close-up view of an exotic world where man and beast live in graceful harmony. A world on the verge of extinction.