New Delhi: ‘Animal’, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, became a box office hit, but many also criticized the film for praising toxic masculinity and fostering misogyny. The official X page for the movie even reacted negatively to Swanand Kirkire’s criticism of ‘Animal’. Sandeep Reddy Vanga now admits that the tweet was “not needed” since it went too far in a recent interview with Siddharth Kannan.
When Siddharth questioned Sandeep about the comments from the official X account of the movie and whether or not he wrote it, the director said no.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga said, “Swanand Kirkire ke liye ek tweet gaya tha which is not needed. The boys were very energetic in sending messages. Unke liye I feel sorry for Swanand Kirkire… thoda zyada hi bol diya tha. But I felt it’s one on a funny side [so it is] okay. It is a very funny message but ye main janta hu ki hamare team ke kuch logon ne likha hein (The tweet was a little extra. I knew that it was written by some members from our team).”
“Because they felt.. people who worked with me felt very bad for Kabir Singh. Because our team never faced anything for Arjun Reddy. Nothing. Only praises. Same film we did in Hindi, samajh main aya nahi kisiko par aisa kaise ho gaya? Then I kept quiet, and I gave one interview… jaha bol diya ki violence next film mein jyada hoga. Main chahte hue nahi bola woh (I don’t understand the different reactions… I said there will be more violence, and I did not mean it),” he added.
After criticizing Animal’s excessive masculinity, Swanand Kirkire received a reply from the official account saying, “Do not let your knees fall ahead of your toes or cave in towards each other. Keep feet shoulder-width apart to maintain a good base of support for balance. Land softly on the balls of the feet to help absorb the force of the landing. Yes…. now it landed perfectly (flying kiss emoticon) @swanandkirkire”
Ranbir Kapoor co-stars in ‘Animal’ with Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Triptii Dimri, Suresh Oberoi, Shakti Kapoor, and Prem Chopra.