This weekend, our childhood is coming back. The Jungle Book is coming back. The song ‘Jungle jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai, chaddi pehn kar phool khila” is on everyone lips and ears. So, let’s bring back some memories of our childhood. Find out the unknown facts about Jungle Book and its author, Rudyard Kipling.
Rudyard Kipling was born in India
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India on December 1865. His birth home still stands on the campus of J J School of Art in Mumbai which was the Dean’s home for years.
The Original Book
The Jungle Book was originally a collection of stories published in 1894. It contained illustrations by Rudyard’s father.
In the sequel, The Jungle Book featured five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories.
What Mowgli means?
Mowgli, an abandoned man cub was raised by wolves. Mowgli means “The Frog.”
Jungle Book is Walt Disney’s Last Movie
The Jungle Book movie (1967) was the last movie on which Walt Disney himself work on. It became the fourth high grosser of the year.
Kipling had explained the pronunciations of the various names in a guide he wrote. Mowgli was supposed to be pronounced as ‘Mowglee’ (accent on the ‘Mow,’ which rhymes with ‘cow’) and not ‘Moe-glee’, as Disney used. Moreover, Kaa, the snake, is supposed to be ‘Kar’, Baloo should have been ‘Barloo’, and Colonel Hathi should be ‘Huttee’. Apparently, Kipling’s daughter, Elsie Kipling Baimbridge never forgave Walt Disney for this goof-up.
Our Desi Jungle Book is Actually Japanese
The Indian TV series was originally Japanese series “Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli” which was dubbed in Hindi and telecast by Doordarshan.