I'm trying to arrange my DVDs in order of when they are set, and I was just wondering, when is the Jungle Book set? The book was written in 1892, but that seems too modern for the setting shown in both films.
The events of the movie could really happen any time in the past 1000 years. I looked at the books for a mention of technology that would help place the events in time..
Tiger, Tiger recounts the events that happen after Mowgli enters the human village. In it is mentioned a musket.
It was the village club, and the head-man and the watchman and the barber, who knew all the gossip of the village, and old Buldeo, the village hunter, who had a Tower musket, met and smoked...
Looking up Tower musket I found:
Judging from this material, your rifle is a British Enfield 1853 pattern rifle-musket that was made or assembled at the Tower of London, England, in 1860. The crown denotes British government ownership.... It was well made and deadly accurate. https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2014/3/11/tower-enfield-musket/
A British firearm makes sense in India of the 1800s. A man in a poor Indian village would not have had a valuable or late model rifle.
Also supporting this are the man made ruins where the monkeys live. If these events happened 1000 years earlier or in prehistoric times I don't think the ruins would have looked like they did.
I conclude that the events of the written story probably happened about the time they were written in 1892.