Tupa Tup Tupa Tup

Director: Gautam Benegal
Hindi/1990/Colour/28mins (Also available in: Tamil)


A washerman in search of his missing donkey comes across an old woman who tells him that she’s scared of the Tupa Tup of rain. An eavesdropping tiger gets scared thinking Tupa Tup to be an animal fiercer than him. Later in the cover of darkness, the dhobi mistakes the tiger to be his donkey and orders him to take him home. The tiger agrees thinking the washerman to be the fearsome Tupa Tup. Next morning the villagers, surprised to see a tiger tied to the washerman’s courtyard, felicitate him as a hero. When the kingdom is attacked, the king asks the ‘brave’ washerman to singlehandedly fight the enemy. What will the scared dhobi do now?


Director’s Biography: Gautam Benegal
Writer, director and animator Gautam Benegal showed aptitude for graphic arts from an early age with his illustrations appearing in some major magazines and newspapers early on. He animated a pre-school TV series for University Grants Commission and a film for the National School of Design, Ahmedabad. Benegal worked with renowned animator Ram Mohan for two years. He has made many animation films and won the National Award for Best Animation Film of the year 2008 for ‘Prince And The Crown Of Stones’. He has also written a book, ’17 Bondel Road