From Tuffy to Allah Rakha and Richard Parker: Meet Bollywood's Four-Legged Superstars
Posted On 21st April, 2017 @ 18:34 pm by Mihika Jindal

Proved to be way better than humans. Every. Single. Time.

If you think another category — Best Animal — across all award functions is overdue, we’re on the same page. For years there have been iconic animal characters in Bollywood that have convincingly overshadowed their accompanying humans, fully deserving an award. 


Here we have a list of our favourite animals.


Tuffy (Hum Apke Hain Koun)

Way better than most hoomans — he could umpire a match (including showing bias), help bridge communication gaps, prayer in front of idols and decide who should the letter be handed out to, that will solve a really complicated love triangle. 


point 1


Dhanno (Sholay)

We have been surprised that Dhanno, back in the days, did not run for the Best Supporting Actress Award. Despite two of the sturdiest heroes, Basanti was in danger and the only one responsible enough, ensuring her safety for the longest time was the mare. 


Point 2


Pluto Mehra (Dil Dhadkne Do)

A really dysfunctional family was getting decoded on the go. Not by any mature member of the family but by the family dog, instead – named Pluto. He had way more understanding of human behaviour than humans themselves. 




Kabootar (Maine Pyaar Kiya)

Times were tough yougaiz. Forget WhatsApp, even emails weren’t a thing back then. Life was a happy place without inherent need of internet and constant buzzing of phone. But that also meant, getting a message delivered to a loved one involved way more logistics than hitting a send button. And so there was ‘Kabootar’ who was not only an amazing navigator, but also damn responsible with 100% delivery guaranteed (Flipkart/Amazon/SnapDeal, are you listening?)


point 4


Entertainment (Entertainment)

Entertainment – a Golden Retriever – is the Indian version of Dollar (from Richie Rich) who has been bequeathed with all the property rich dad had. And the pauper son had to fight a dog to lay his hands on what should, ideally, have been his. Father clearly knew his priorities. 




Allah Rakha (Coolie)

The Eagle, called  Allah Rakha, lived upto its name, which literally translates to ‘may god bless you’ in the film Coolie. Amitabh Bachchan’s pet bird, smartly perched on his arm, was loyal to fly back every time he was in danger. Better comrade and more trustworthy than most humans. 


evil twin bird

The Cat (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)

The trailer suggested that Imran possibly pissed Genelia so bad that he has to sing a full song to get her to talk to him again. Except, the movie burst that bubble and we figured that Genelia was actually mourning her cat’s death. It was a good lesson for all those who at any point belittled a pet’s demise.  




The Horse (Khoon Bhari Maang)

Animals are lovely, and there isn’t an iota of doubt about that in our heads. Take this horse in this movie for instance — when Rekha is pushed in the lake by her husband for her face to be eaten by crocodiles, she had to go for a semi-plastic surgery. And when she returns, her own children or her husband couldn’t recognise her. BUT, her horse recognised her instantly, and continued to be by her side while she went on a revenge spree.   




The Parrot (Main Prem ki Deewani Hoon)

The VFX parrot in this movie is in stiff competition with Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan for being on some sort of objectionable substances that leads to hyper-over-acting. Carrying on an entire conversation with just movie names and an annoying AF voice is something only a VFX parrot could do. 




And our distant cousin from the west…


Richard Parker (Life of Pi)

When the only other living creature on a deserted boat in the middle of an ocean is a tiger, who is your companion as well as the predator, the situation can be tricky. Richard Parker shook up the survival instinct in Pi, while also kept him company throughout the adventure; teaching him way more than he could have ever expected.  

richard parker

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