I remember it was a rough day for me few weeks ago and I was scrolling down the news feed on Facebook to kill some time at my office, when suddenly I came across the video of the famous Jungle Jungle Pata Chala Hain...
Despite being at office I couldn’t resist the temptation of reliving my childhood days. After I plugged in my earphones and started listening to the song, my entire childhood played right in front of my eyes when being Mowgli was considered cool and every kid had that song on their lips.
There was a time when Sunday mornings were all about watching Jungle Book and re reading the classic of Rudyard Kipling.
The love for Mowgli was not because of his heroics but for the unconditional love he received from other animals in a jungle. The thought of living in a jungle always excited every kid back then and as a kid nobody cared about the consequences of living in a jungle. Perhaps we were smart back then as kids and we wanted to get away from the normal stuff we used to do every day and perhaps watching Jungle Book and imagining ourselves in Mowgli shoes did help us to extend the boundaries of our imagination. I feel sorry for the kids of the current generation. For they have access to all sorts of technology and gadgets but they have no idea what they are missing out on. They are missing the imaginative world and the feeling to sail in the world of dreams is wonderful and no words can express the feel.
Mowgli's life inspired us all as a kid to overcome our fears and understand the value of relationships. Perhaps that was one reason why our parents never stopped us from watching the same episode over and over again.
Talking about the characters, it explains so much. How a black panther named Bageera found a human baby in jungle and instead of eating it right away she handed over the baby to a pack of wolves who raised Mowgli as one of their own. Back then obviously no kid understood the depth of relationships and love but it did help us to spread love and care for each other.
And who can forget the typical Baloo, who impressed every kid with his witty style and bad jokes which made you laugh anyway!
However, Sherkhan has always been portrayed as a negative character but he was equally loved by the audience for teaching Mowgli the lessons of surviving against superpowers.
If we look the entire series from a different perspective we realise, it is a combination of every aspects of our life which teaches us to value the relationships and be humble.
Even today after gap of long tenure, I feel emotional while listening to the same old song it explains how important it must have been for every kid of our generation. I cannot wait to watch the movie...