Even though Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal has been ruling the box office, the film has been accused of glorifying misogyny and toxic masculinity by many. In a recent interview, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga lashed out at those calling his film ‘misogynistic’ and shared that it is not right to use such terms for either of his movies, Animal or Kabir Singh.
“Misogyny is disrespect to women. This is the actual definition, right? So no. Even Kabir Singh, even Animal, even me as a person. I always feel my production house name is Bhadrakali Pictures and I don’t know why people think…not too many people, only these 15-20 jokers. But it’s a wrong word to use on Kabir Singh, Animal,” Vanga told Galatta Plus in an interview when asked if he sees Ranbir Kapoor’s Ranvijay Singh as a misogynistic character.
Vanga further shared that the way a movie is dissected these days is “too high” and “too toxic”.
In the same interview, Sandeep Reddy Vanga also opened up a dialogue in which Ranbir Kapoor’s character Ranvijay told Rashmika Mandanna aka Gitanjani that she has a ‘big pelvis’. While the dialogue left a large section of the audience shocked, Vanga said that it was not ‘ugly’ but a ‘compliment’.
“He’s trying a different route to explain to her because it’s her engagement day and they were not in touch. Coming with that force and saying ‘Listen Gitanjali I really love your pelvis.’ He is trying to explain a theory which is related to the character, the title also, for the audience when they are watching the film it doesn’t seem like what theory he is talking about,” the director said.
Released on December 1, Animal revolves around a man and his toxic relationship with his father. The film shows Vijay (played by Ranbir) as an anti-hero who would go to any lengths to protect his father, including gun down 200 people with machine gun. However, despite his efforts, he struggles to get a seal of approval from his emotionally unavailable father (played by Anil Kapoor). Animal has already crossed the Rs 500 crore mark at the Indian box office.
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first published: December 20, 2023, 14:06 IST
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