Bollywood’s Animal Heroes


And their outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema

Pic: Rajshri Productions

Bollywood’s Animal Heroes… No, I am not talking about Sanjeev Kumar from Jaani Dushman or Rahul Roy in Junoon or a shirtless Anil Kapoor; I am talking about real animals who outshone their films’ leading actors in their award-winning performances. Sadly, no award categories exist for these actors par excellence and their contribution to their films’ success went largely un-rewarded. This article is a tribute to some of the best performances by animals in leading roles.

This actor is probably the only one on this list who got the recognition he deserved. His likes became the most popular pets in the middle class and upper middle class Punjabi households. Naming one’s pet after him was like a status symbol and he literally started the trend of pet-styling in India. He is none other than India’s most popular dog actor, Tuffy the Pomeranian from Sooraj Barjatya’s 1994 blockbuster, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, also starring Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in supporting roles. Tuffy was not only a pet in the film but the lead character; he dressed well in fancy Nermés scarves and Golce & Dabbana sunglasses and had elaborate dance sequences picturised around him. His emotional scene where he refuses food after his mother figure, Pooja (Renuka Shahane) dies was restrained and showcased mastery over his craft. His big moment in the film is the climax where Lord Krishna himself blesses him to resolve the big crisis. Tuffy saves the day by getting two lovers together and making the film one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema.

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5 comments on “Bollywood’s Animal Heroes

  1. when i was kid i remember wacthing a hindi movie that was based on horse race.
    the name of the horse was chetak and son of chetak prince, i dont remember anything else about the movie not even the name of actors or the movie can u help me

  2. In every wedding receptions, food is the most important part.

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  3. When i was small kid that time there was no cable or dth that there was only dd1 and dd2 . Were i loved two films most important that was based on horse one was vinod kahana film chetak another was sunnydeol yateem.

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