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Dogs may be four-legged, cute and bad-breathed, but that’s not all they are.
Okay, maybe that about sums up a dog’s existence, but every dog owner would argue that dogs are so, so much more. They’re funny when they drool all over couches and chase their tails, they’re cute when they raise their paws in attempts to say hello to you, and they are downright adorable when they slobber all over you when you come home after a long day of work. Isn’t that why we call them our best friends? Because, like true best friends, dogs have this uncanny ability to make us feel better no matter what time of the day it is, what problem is weighing us down, or which sickness has us bedridden.
Thus, it would be weird to say dogs are just four-legged, cute and bad-breathed. They are so much more. They are sparkly eyes and cute sniffs and soft furs and round paws. They’re even more than their physical attributes and their adorable actions. They are sentient beings, capable of feeling love, amusement, mischief, even your sorrow. Isn’t that why your dog knows just when to hug you after a long day? Or just when to lick you awake with their saliva all over your face when you don’t wake up even if your alarm clock can’t stop beeping?
As sentient beings, therefore, dogs have some personality traits. Every dog is different, and special. (So, so special!) Some dogs are loyal, whereas some are mischievous. Some may be playful and may run in circles around you the moment you come home, and some may be warm and cuddly and would curl up with you on couches the moment you lie down to watch TV.
As is clear, some of these traits shine through better than the others. You can see the loyalty in military and police dogs, and the fun loving nature of every labrador is easily apparent. The thirst for adventure in German Shepherds is hard to miss, and you can easily imagine them scaling mountains with their owners– their best friends, at their side.
This brings us to the question- if every dog has a special personality, can one dog be like a particular person, or a character?
Just as you can sense traits like loyalty, candour, aggressiveness, wanderlust, et al, in people, you can probably sense the same traits in dogs. So, obviously, if we were to plot dogs and people in two lines, we can play a game of Match and find a criss-cross of matched personalities!
This is what we did, when we thought of some dogs and found Bollywood characters they are like.
This is an easy exercise in acquainting everyone to the personalities of dogs, and what better examples could there be besides some famous Bollywood characters to set your benchmark?
The first one we could think of was, naturally, one of the cutest dogs you are ever going to see, and the face of Hutch for years– a pug!
A pug is, to start with, utterly adorable. With its beady eyes and tiny puckered nose and mouth set in a line that makes it look like it’s about to punch you (and its tiny body to take that effect of a boxer away!), pugs draw awwwws from everyone who gets one look at them. Pugs are often described by the Latin phrase multum in parvo, or “much in little” or “a lot of dog in a small space”, alluding to the Pug’s remarkable and charming personality, despite its small size.
And which Bollywood character fits this description, of being downright endearing, troublesome, and yet looking cute while doing so?
Ranveer Singh stole everyone’s heart in Dil Dhadakne Do as this somewhat-child, somewhat-man, guy who was trying to figure out his career goals and what he wanted from his life and family in this movie. But, throughout the movie, you can never see Kabir as a really intense guy. Even when he is facing his parents and his so-called fiance’s mother, he can’t help but break into a fit of giggles, which shows that he is sometimes incapable of taking life that seriously. Now, it may allude to his immaturity, but in a way, it’s a lesson everyone could take from him. To take life more lightly, to try to live and enjoy more and stress less, and it can clearly be seen in the way Priyanka Chopra’s character as Ayesha contrasts Kabir with her seriousness, and ends up facing far more situations than she should have.
Kabir’s plot aside, it is in his smiles and laughs, his carefree dancing, his love for his sister, and his penchant for creating trouble that endears us to him, and makes us think that if he was a dog, he would definitely be a pug. Kabir even has those puppy eyes down pat!
Pugs are known to create mischief. They may be stubborn, but they are never aggressive, and are best for families with children. Well, guess who was always hanging out around kids and cousins in Dil Dhadakne Do?
You got it, our man Kabir!
However, don’t be fooled by the constant use of the word mischief to think pugs, and Kabir, are only troublemakers. Pugs are also eager to please, and we all remember Kabir spending the better half of a movie trying to avoid confrontations with his parents because he wanted to please them. Pugs even have a great sense of intuition, and know when their owners need comfort, and when they need space. Remember the scene where Kabir comforts Ayesha with ice-cream after her fight with her husband? Yep, Kabir is one darling puppy alright.
But the dogs or the characters do not end here. There are so many comparisons to draw, and so many dogs you can see in people, or people you can see in dogs, so stay tuned for more such famous breeds and their famous counterparts, and keep suggesting your own matches from that aforementioned list of mix-and-match!