“Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai…..are chaddi pahen ke phool khila hai phool khila hai”
A week’s wait used to seem endless as a year for that Sunday morning pleasure in front of the Doordarshan. Our very own native little boy with a pony and yellow fur chaddi will appear with his friends in forest. We would love to see them too; from the cute little squirrel on his shoulders to his fearsome enemy Sher Khan, the tiger king.
This year ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau brings us back the nostalgic histories which decades have left behind. Quite unknowingly he plunges into a devious maze of awesome experiences which every 80s and 90s kid has shared, and hence ‘The Jungle Book’ by #WaltDisney is getting so exciting and worth watching for us Indians who are grown up today.
What can be the main reasons that we 90s kids are so much in awe of Jungle book?
- The Jungle Book on television is considered to be the most authentic version of screen presentation at least in India and adjacent nations, because the language was Hindi, so we could connect more, in spite of the fact that the author was a foreign man by the name of Rudyard Kipling. Each of the characters spoke in Hindi or Urdu, such that their expressions touched our hearts.
- The Jungle Book itself is inherently Indian. Rudyard Kipling wrote the book inspired with a forest environment, and the names of his characters are too native like ‘Bhaloo’ (bear in Hindi), ‘Sher Khan’ (‘sher’ means tiger in Hindi), ‘Mowgli’, ‘Ka’ etc. hence it appeals to a 90’s Indian kid far more.
- In the early 90’s there was no concept of cable or dish TV or multi-channel entertainment. The only channels we had were DD1 and DD-Metro, hence options were limited. So if we liked a show, that would be from the bottom of our hearts. We would be completely engulfed by the show. No wonder Shaktimaan, Chandrakanta, Mahabharat, Ramayana etc. gained world class popularity. And for cartoon lovers there was nothing beyond ‘The Jungle Book’ and the cute adorable Mowgli.
- Animation had just started gaining popularity in the early 90s. And we were amazed and awestruck to find that animals were speaking as humans. We had learnt in books that lion roars and cow moos. We just couldn’t believe that they could speak as well. This was one of the main reasons that Jungle Book gained so much popularity and continues to rule our hearts. A 2000 kid will never have the same experience with an animation series because later so many more came out following the example of Jungle Book.
- Our grandmas often told us stories where babies were taken away by wolves and hyenas, so that we would learn to be afraid and cautious of the wild, but The Jungle Book for the first time, broke the stereotypes and showed us children, that animals can be friends, they have emotions, they can be a good family to a man.
- Even now when we hear the song ‘chaddi pahen ke phool khila hai’ anywhere, may be from far off it comes to our ears, a flood of memories strikes our brain, the lazy Sunday afternoons are back when homework meant naming the colours or counting from 1-5. Childhood is gone but the memories are captured in The Jungle Book, hence we love to recall them again and again.
This is why the moment the first promos of the English Jungle Book came on air, we 90’s kids were more excited than anyone else to watch it because this was much more than just a movie for us.
Hence the Hindi-dubbed version is going to be more popular bringing back the voice of Nana Patekar and Om Puri.
The Hindi Jungle Book is the only truth for 90’s kids.
Psychologically, we love to relive our good experiences over and over again if opportunity is there.