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Nathoo is Mowgli's father in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. He was portrayed by Faran Tahir.

Role in the film

Nathoo is first seen traveling with his 5-year old son, Mowgli and their pet wolf, Grey Brother while guiding Colonel Geoffrey Brydon, his daughter, Katherine "Kitty" Brydon, their good friend Dr. Julius Plumford, some British soldiers, and some other Indian people in India through the jungle.

Later, Nathoo is seen showing his way of affection and love to a Hindi woman to which Mowgli learns and takes a sudden interest to soon enough while Nathoo winks at him. Then, Nathoo hears gunshots and a tiger growl; stating that it is Shere Khan trying to hunt down the hunters: Buldeo and two British soldiers who defied the Jungle Law by killing some animals. As the Colonel demands an explanation to all this, Nathoo states Shere Khan is nearby and is infuriated at the senseless killing. Nathoo reprimands Buldeo for being so foolish and going against the Jungle Law. Buldeo, however, brushes off Nathoo's accusations and insists it was merely "a few animals here or there." Nevertheless, Nathoo isn't happy and replies: "Would you allow someone to break into your house and steal your food?" and that "these three broke the jungle law. Shere Khan knows it. We'd best beware."

At night, in a tent, Nathoo teaches Mowgli some animal names from some animals painted on a pot in both Hindi and English like Baloo (bear) and Bagheera (panther). When he reaches to Shere Khan, Mowgli replies that "it is him"; much to Nathoo's confusion. Mowgli then explains that "the holy man" says that he is half a tiger. The thought of this amuses Nathoo. Then, Mowgli states that "the holy man" told him "when he sees Shere Khan and shows no fear, then he becomes whole tiger." Out of deep curiosity, Nathoo asks his son where he saw this "holy man" and Mowgli replies "In my dreams."

Later, as the tour sets up camp, Shere Khan retaliates for the earlier hunting by attacking the camp - killing a sentry and Sergeant Claibourne, one of the soldiers who had been hunting before, thus, alerting everyone; including Nathoo. Nathoo tells Mowgli and Grey Brother to stay inside the tent while he joins the fight against the tiger. The tiger then finds Buldeo and briefly chases the hunter. When he finally corners Buldeo, Nathoo jumps in and distracts Shere Khan, saving Buldeo's life. Nathoo orders Buldeo to shoot Shere Khan at this opportunity, but the cowardly hunter ungratefully flees (probably also as an act of retaliation for being reprimanded earlier), therefore, leaving Nathoo to die; despite Colonel Brydon and every other soldiers' effort to shoot the tiger which fails. After Mowgli and Grey Brother are separated from everyone due to the tiger attack (thought to be killed by an explosion from a runaway horse carriage carrying Kerosene set on fire by the attack), Dr. Plumford tries to check on Nathoo after receiving many wounds and scratches from the tiger only to tell Colonel Brydon that he is unfortunately and sadly gone.

Eventually, in the end of the film, justice for Nathoo's death has been served as Buldeo ends up being buried alive in a sand-filling tomb inside Monkey City. Also, Mowgli stands up to Shere Khan, who spares and accepts Mowgli as a fellow creature of the jungle; even chuffing and moaning as a sincere apology for killing Nathoo.


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Animated Films: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book 2Video

Live-action Films: Rudyard Kipling'sMowgli's Story2016 Live-action FilmSequel Film
TV Series: TaleSpinJungle Cubs
Video Games: The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book Groove PartyThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Wild AdventureThe Jungle Book: Mowgli's Run
Disney Classic Games Collection Music: SoundtrackMore Jungle Book... Further Adventures of Baloo and Mowgli2016 soundtrack
Books: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

Disney Parks
Animated film: Disney's Explorers LodgeDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldRhythm of the Jungle

Live action: Disney Movie MagicThe Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's BelieveDisney's WishesDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Festival of Family & FriendsHakuna Matata Time Dance PartyIt's Party Time... with Mickey and FriendsJourney into the Jungle BookMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookMickey presents: “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris”One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Rivers of Light: We Are OneSuper Duper Jumpin' TimeThe Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure
Restaurants: Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate the MagicCelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverHappily Ever AfterMickey's Mix MagicTree of Life Awakens
Summer: The Jungle Book Jive
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes

Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsSeeonee PackJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's FatherMessuaShanti's MotherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaibourneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraBenny and ClydeNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry

JungleAncient RuinsMan VillageIndiaAsia
Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar/The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match/Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo/Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo/Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains/Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle/Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories/Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover/Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas/Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball/A Tail of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo/Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger/Sleepless in the Jungle"

Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" • "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" • "Jungle Cub Love" • "Everything's Gonna Be Right with the World"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" • "Join the Ranks" • "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" • "A Mood for Food" • "We Are the Vultures" • "Run" • "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"
Deleted: "Brothers All" • "The Song of the Seeonee" • "Monkey See, Monkey Do" • "I Knew I Belonged to Her" • "In A Day's Work" • "The Mighty Hunters" • "I've Got You Beat" • "Braver"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesWho Framed Roger RabbitHouse of MouseDisney's Jungle Boogie