Dogs are certainly the best thing that has happened to mankind and you know it’s true because Bollywood agrees. Even as we celebrate International Dog Day today, let’s take a look at these pawtastic films where the doggos are the real heroes, the true MVPs. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Directed by Manmohan Desai in the ’70s, this movie stars Moti as the loyal dog of the protagonist’s disabled sister, who has come to town to look for her missing brother. The quintessential Bollywood movies of those times had a certain obsession with lookalikes and the protagonist had an evil look-alike too. It was only Moti who could identify the good guy and thus saved the day.
Sunny Deol in this movie plays the role of a farm boy with a cute Labrador named Bozo who is his constant companion. Bozo remains with Sunny through his highs and lows and seems to understand him better than his love interest Roma. Bozo also plays the dog who saves the day when the villains try to kidnap Roma. Go Bozo!
This movie stars Amitabh Bachchan accompanied by two side heroes – a horse and a dog. The dog here is also named Moti and makes a very relevant statement by urinating in the face of British colonial oppression.
This is one of those movies where the dog steals the limelight and carries the movie on his paws. The movie begins with the young Moti being rescued and adopted by Ram (Jackie Shroff). The entire film is a story of their bond and when Ram is murdered by some villains, Moti decides to take revenge by mauling the villains to death. That’s not all, he also performs the last rites of Ram and then leads the Police to some crucial evidence.
The movie was inspired by Hollywood hit Ghost where the dog can see its owner’s spirit. Here, Dobby the dog could see her dead mistress and also followed her instructions in order to protect the infant.
Sooraj Barjatya’s classic family drama wouldn’t have become as legendary as it is without Tuffy, the Indian Spitz. Tuffy made the audience laugh with his biased umpiring skills and also by playing the guard of the groom’s shoes. He made us shed a tear as he ran for aid when his mistress fell down the stairs, and most importantly, he managed to reunite Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the last sequence. Tuffy was eventually adopted by Madhuri Dixit after the movie and he died at the age of 12.
Directed by Santosh Sivan, this movie about a 7-year-old girl (Benaf Dadachandji) looking for her lost pup. On an unfortunate day, Halo goes missing, which leads Sasha on a quest to find her lost dog. Her journey takes her through the dark corners of Mumbai and shows her the harsh realities of life. Sasha eventually finds her pup with an elderly couple only to realize that they have a disabled kid who has become fond of Halo. Even though Sasha really wants her dog back, she realizes that the kid needs her pup more her.
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The movie is a revenge drama of a woman played by Rekha who survives a crocodile attack and comes back to take revenge from the people who tried to kill her. Her dog is the first one to recognize her despite the plastic surgery and when the movie reaches the climax, the dog martyrs himself by taking a bullet to the chest in order to save Rekha’s life.
This movie is about a group of kids living in a housing society that initially dislikes a street kid named Fatka who lives with his stray dog Bhidu in the society and cleans cars. As the story unfolds, the kids start getting along with Fatka and Bhidu and they become one big gang. However, the problem begins when a politician announces a plan to catch all stray dogs. The story is followed by the kids struggling to keep Bhidu with them in their society. The movie is very special to us as it focuses on stray dogs.
As we celebrate our International Dog day today, we can’t help but love on all the doggos around us and experience their unconditional love for us. If you are looking for more movie recommendations, click on the link below.