- “No, Mowgli, I'm sorry. I should've understood that the jungle is a part of who you are.”
- ―Ranjan's father apologized to Mowgli for his behavior.
As the leader of the Man Village, Ranjan's father emphasizes highly on responsibility, discipline and order. He insists every villager takes an active role in the community in order to maintain it, and children are no exception as they are taught work ethics as soon as they are old enough to work.
Despite his responsibilities as a leader, Ranjan's father is a very warm and caring person. He is very fatherly and protective towards children, even children who are not his own as evidenced by his willingness to adopt Mowgli when he entered the village, as well as his willingness to bring Mowgli, Ranjan and Shanti back home safe and refused to give up no matter what.
He also approves of Mowgli and Shanti's romantic feelings for each other, indicating that he respects other people's choices. When Shanti denied her feelings for Mowgli, Ranjan's father assured her that she has absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about and advised her to be honest with herself, which he believes to be essential to one's happiness.
On the other hand, Ranjan's father can be very strict and has no tolerance for rule violations. This is evidenced by his reaction to the children attempting to leave the village and by punishing Mowgli by sending him to bed without dinner. He also viewed the jungle as a dangerous place. However, this was based on personal experience rather than irrational fear, as he revealed to Mowgli that at some point he was attacked by a wild animal and left his left arm permanently scarred. As such, Ranjan's father did everything he could to prevent the other villagers from suffering the same fate by not allowing anyone to enter the jungle except hunters. This changed later on, however, as he realized the jungle is not as dangerous as he thought.
Role in the film
Ranjan's father appears at the beginning of the film watching with his toddler son Ranjan, his wife Messua, Shanti, and her mother as Mowgli shows them a puppet show about his life in the jungle to which Ranjan accidentally ruins by climbing onto the curtain of the show and trying to catch Shere Khan the tiger making everyone including his dad laugh real hard. When Ranjan says that Shanti used her eyes to lure Mowgli into the village Mowgli and Shanti start to argue with each other about why she did it to which Ranjan's Father says that without Shanti's wonderful eyes Mowgli wouldn't have found his way into their lives. He also admits to his wife that she used the same trick on him to which his wife tells him that he still falls for it. Then Shanti and her mom go home and Mowgli and Ranjan's father hugs them both good night to which Mowgli refers to his adopted father as "Sir" to which Ranjan says his name is Pop.
The next day, as Mowgli and Ranjan run out to do their chores, their father tells them not to cross the river, though expresses his worry that Mowgli's obsession with the jungle might get the better of him. During the song "The Jungle Rhythm", Mowgli begins to lead the village children into the jungle to which Shanti sees this and yells, "STOP!" Hearing this, Ranjan's father comes running and orders the children back into the village and scolds Mowgli for disobeying his orders and says that the jungle is a dangerous place and that he should know to which he shows Mowgli a tiger scratch he got on his left arm from a tiger (possibly Shere Khan). He then punishes Mowgli by sending him to his room without dinner to think about what he's done wrong.
Later that night, Baloo sneaks into the village looking for Mowgli to which he finds him and starts playing with him and when Shanti sees this she thinks Baloo is a wild animal and calls for help to which Ranjan's father and the other villagers start chasing Shere Khan the tiger (who sneaked into the village to find Mowgli) away. Shanti and Ranjan go after Mowgli and when Ranjan's father and the rest of the villagers finally chase Shere Khan out of the Village they find the children missing and Ranjan's father leads the villagers into the Jungle to find the children.
The next day, as the villagers are calling out for the children, their voices frighten Colonel Hathi and his elephant troops who believe the humans are there to hunt animals. As Ranjan's father calls out for them he sighs in shame, believing that he was too harsh on Mowgli for disobeying his orders yesterday to which his wife tells him that they'll find him and they continue their search. At nightfall, they are finally reunited with the children and Mowgli starts to apologize to his adoptive father for sneaking off into the jungle but instead his adoptive father apologizes saying he should have understood that the jungle is a part of who Mowgli is. They embrace and Ranjan's father tells him that he's glad that he's safe and sound. Ranjan's father then listens to the children telling him and the other villagers about their adventures in the jungle.
The next day, Mowgli puts Ranjan in a bucket and tells his father that he and Shanti are going to get some water from the river, not knowing that his adoptive father knows that he's going into the jungle. However, this time his adoptive father doesn't seem to care by saying, "Let's see if Mowgli remembers to actually bring back some water this time."