Be it Hollywood, Bollywood, commercial cinema, or arthouse cinema, animals have added an ‘awe’ factor to the film. They have been our harbingers and messiahs. They have added the zeal to make movie-watching extra-fun. Although, PETA might disagree but Hindi cinema has always showered its love on animals. From Dhanno to Tuffy, our Indi-pets have whittled their way to success. But if Sholay, Hum Aapke Hain Koun! and Maa-like films glorified the contribution of the pets in our life, there have been other films which have mocked at their existence. And while doing so, they believed to have gotten laughs from the audience. They did get laughs, alright, but it was more so because the film’s story, actors, direction and music, was a disaster and the only act to come out without glitches was that of an animal.
Now that the filmmakers have taken to use these adorable pets as gimmicks for creating comedy, we tap the films where these filmmakers falter while the pets still steal the show.
Many might have loved this part of the film the most because the sleaze fest that the trio facing mid-life crisis, frustrated husbands had organised in this film was ripped-off in a single bite. The fire in the eyes of the cat voiced that in the hearts of many who wasted their money to watch this film. And if the cat wasn’t enough, there was a crow gnawing at the crotch of the male species.
Kya Supercool Hain Hum
An adult comedy where zoophilia was evident. Well, almost. We saw one of the lead protagonists hooking on to a stalker dog. I would rather he complained to the telephone service provider (for which the pup is the brand ambassador) instead of causing the cute pup a trauma for life!
Om Shanti Om
If we call him the King of Bollywood, looks like he is. SRK was benevolent enough to have adhered to the pleas of PETA and to have used a tiger soft toy instead of the wild beast for real. Well, we are still not sure if he did it for PETA or for himself yet SRK’s mindless comedy was endured. Mind it!
Fool N Final
If you are a pet owner, you know that the possibilities of your pet crunching on to the furniture and other things in your house is a mild possibility. However, a puggly could chew on to almost anything on Earth, hands down, in this film. He nibbled furniture, cell phones and later, diamonds. This starry-eyed pup actually saved the film from the wrath of the audience. The film is said to have recovered the production costs as it sold its satellite rights along with the pug.
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
Who can forget the snowy pomeranian from Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, but then with the downslide of Barjatya, we saw a talking/singing parrot and an animated, grumpy, golden retriever taking its place and in turn spoiling the game, all the more for Barjatya. These grouchy pets could not uplift the film’s droopy story, adapted from Chitchor, also produced by Rajshri, but sure added a shine to the film. The only shine, to the film.
This may be a gimmick, but is by far the only one to pull much laughter from the audience. A rugged hero and rowdy villain fight sequence followed with a scene that makes one cringe and laugh, all at the same time. The energy-drained villain, lying on the floor, craves water and the pomeranian is generous enough to shower his master with piss-fountain!
If you can gut this scene, then dare to watch it…
Phir Hera Pheri
A flop sequel to a super-hit film with a lack of comedy and story, had only its climax that was worth-watching. Shot in a circus, the climax caught attention. The sleepyhead in the cinema hall were suddenly awake and clapping like a retarded seal. The gorilla pulled off the show very well. Gorilla and Johnny Lever.
Considering this, pet-lovers like ourselves would certainly wish that PETA take a prompt action but we also applaud the quadrupeds for their talent. They fared splendidly-well and the performance was flawless, far better than their human counterparts.