Animal, This Is  Not What A  Film Hero Was Meant To Be



Rating: ** ½

Every woman in Sandeep Vanga Reddy’s  beast of  a film gets  abused. Ranbir’s character Ranvijay’s mother gets  shouted at and perhaps physically hit(can’t remember since there is so much physical violence in the film,  most of its irrelevant and indigestible).

Ranvijay’s wife Geetanjali(Rashmika  Mandanna,plucky but wasted) gets pushed around, and so does Zoya(Tipti Dimri) who comes into Ranvijay’s life  late  in the  protracted storytelling.Ranvijay orders  a Mercedes  the colour of her hickey.He is prone to be eccentric.At one point he  discusses  public hairs with a arms dealer named Freddy(Upendra Limaye) who  like anything but ‘Freddy’.

 Then there Ranvijay’s  sister who is regularly assaulted by her husband(at one point he  throws a lit cigarette on her, a very Vanga thing to do).My apologies if I’ve left  out  any of the ladies. Director Sandeep Vanga spares nobody,  man or woman. His  characters  are bloodthirsty billionaires. We are  told the Singhs are the richest family in India(the Ambanis  won’t  like this).  Yet  the patriarch Balbir Singh(Anil Kapoor) gets murderous attacks every two reels….or is it three, the  body count is  so high the film gradually begins to look like  a spacious morgue.

Like Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s previous two outings into politically incorrect  machismo, Animal, for all its hype  and frenzy, is grossly problematic. A hero who thinks he is  not a  criminal in spite of mowing down  hundreds, and who repeatedly threatens to punch  his wife and in one sequence repeatedly uses her bra strap as  a sling to hurt her back.

The  machine gun  plays a prominent part in this  ultra-violent  film. There is an  entire lengthy episode where a  fully-indigenous  machinegun,  which looks like  one of those fun rides  in  a carnival , becomes  the hero of the show while Ranbir takes  a back seat.

The lengthy film is  edited to spotlight verbal and physical violence. Acts of  horrific aggression are  insouciantly normalized only because…well,the director thinks it is fine for characters to slap,maim, bully, humiliate , torture and slay one  another.

 Sandeep Vanga seems to be a very disturbed filmmaker. It’s not just his characters  who need help

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