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Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s directed film, Animal has been grabbing all the headlines, ever since it got released. While the film has surely succeeded in bringing a completely new kind of film ever into Indian cinema, it has also irked a massive section of the audience for a few reasons. Well, while the brutal characters of Bobby Deol and Ranbir Kapoor have instilled a sense of cannibalism and disgust, on many instances, netizens have sought out misogynist references from the film. And now, the film’s female lead, Rashmika Mandanna talked about her takeaways on essaying the role of ‘Geetanjali’.
Taking to her IG handle, Rashmika Mandanna penned a thoughtful note about her on-screen character, ‘Geetanjali’ in the film, Animal. For the unversed, she portrays the role of Ranbir Kapoor’s on-screen wife, and through multiple glimpses of the film circulating online, Rashmika’s character can be seen bearing violence, hurt and abuse without any complaint. In her note, the actress revealed how she, at times felt quite intrigued and questioned the choices that her character made in the film. An excerpt from her note can be read as:
“Gitanjali, If she had to describe her in one sentence, it would be the only thing that would keep her family together at home. It is pure, authentic, unfiltered, strong and raw. At times as an actor, I would question some of Gitanjali’s actions. In a world full of all violence, hurt and unbearable pain - Gitanjali would bring peace trust and calm.. She would pray to her Gods to keep her husband and her kids safe.. She was the rock that weathered all the storms.. She would do anything in her power for the sake of her family. Gitanjali is absolutely beautiful in my eyes, and in some ways she is like most women who are standing strong and protecting their families day in and day out."
With all the arguments and controversies being created on the internet about the family dynamics as shown in the film, Animal, a few days back, an old clip of the filmmaker, Sandeep Reddy Vanga had resurfaced on the internet. For the unversed, Sandeep has previously made films like Arjun Reddy and its Hindi remake, Kabir Singh, both of which featured violence against women to some degree. In the clip, the filmmaker could be seen making a comment as he tried to justify man’s violence against woman, and the former’s need to control the latter. He could be heard as saying:
“If you can't slap, if you can't touch your woman wherever you want, you can't kiss, you can't use curse words then I don't see emotions there.”
During a previous interview with Telugu superstar, Nandamuri Balakrishna on his show, Unstoppable with NBK, Ranbir Kapoor talked about his first reaction upon hearing the script of his film, Animal. He mentioned that after the filmmaker, Sandeep narrated the story to him, he ran into the bathroom and sat there for a few minutes. He added that he felt scared to be able to pull off such a role, since it was very different from the other works he had done before.
Despite all the controversies and allegations being brought up against the film, Animal has nevertheless been able to carve a mark at the box-office. With a stellar star-cast of actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol and others, the film has created a frenzy of its own. As of now, within a week of its release, the film has exceeded more than Rs. 240 crores in India.
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Sandeep Reddy Vanga's Animal is one of the highest-grossing films of 2023. From the high-octane action sequence to the love triangle and more, Ranbir Kapoor-starrer, Animal garnered a lot of attention for all the positive as well as negative reasons. For the unversed, in the movie, Rashmika Mandanna played anRead More