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Barking at Heaven’s Door: Pluto Mehra in the Hindi Film Dil Dhadakne Do

Department of Humanities, University of Turin, via Giulia di Barolo 3/a, Turin 10124, Italy
Academic Editor: Joela Jacobs
Humanities 2017, 6(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/h6020016
Received: 15 December 2016 / Revised: 24 March 2017 / Accepted: 3 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Narratology)
In this article, I discuss the representation of pets in the 2015 commercial Hindi comedy-drama (commonly known as Bollywood) Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD), which translates to Let the Heart Beat; this is the first ever case of a Hindi movie having a dog as a narrator. For centuries, Indian animal tales have had a habit of anthropomorphizing, but generally narratives about dogs uphold the basic prejudice that they are polluting and degraded animals. DDD introduces a dog named Pluto Mehra, not only as a pet, but as the fifth member of the Mehra family, with the role of the sutradhaar (storyteller, narrator) who recounts the story of a rich, dysfunctional family. Pluto knows the Mehras’ foibles and follies, and he is the only voice of reason among them. A generational shift in one’s outlook towards pets has taken place in the Indian middle classes: pets are no longer perceived as animals that must serve some purpose, but are actually considered to be equal members of the family, even becoming a statement of style for pet owners. I analyze this attitude reversal toward animals within the context of a globalized economy and consumerist ideology. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hindi cinema; Bollywood; speaking animals; animal narrator; human-animal studies; world literature Hindi cinema; Bollywood; speaking animals; animal narrator; human-animal studies; world literature
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Consolaro, A. Barking at Heaven’s Door: Pluto Mehra in the Hindi Film Dil Dhadakne Do. Humanities 2017, 6, 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6020016

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Consolaro A. Barking at Heaven’s Door: Pluto Mehra in the Hindi Film Dil Dhadakne Do. Humanities. 2017; 6(2):16. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6020016

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Consolaro, Alessandra. 2017. "Barking at Heaven’s Door: Pluto Mehra in the Hindi Film Dil Dhadakne Do" Humanities 6, no. 2: 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/h6020016

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