Anurag Kashyap defends ‘Animal’ over Misogyny criticism

Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Animal’ has received criticism for being misogynistic and too violent. Anurag Kashyap has spoken out in support of the film.

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"Filmmakers have the right to make any film."

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has defended Animal (2023) following the criticism it has received.

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film was released on December 1, 2023.

It starred Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Rashmika Mandanna.

Though praised for the performances by the cast, Animal drew criticism for being misogynistic and violent.

The movie follows Ranvijay ‘Vijay’ Singh (Ranbir Kapoor) embarking on a revenge mission after assailants attempt to kill his father Balbir Singh (Anil Kapoor).

Anurag Kashyap, who directed Ranbir in Bombay Velvet (2015), asserted that every filmmaker has the right to make what they wish.

He explained: “I’m yet to watch Animal. I just returned from Marrakech.

“But I’m aware of the conversations happening online.

“Nobody has the right to tell a filmmaker what kind of films they should and shouldn’t make.

“People in this country get easily offended with films. They get offended with my films too.

“But I expect educated people to not get offended at the drop of a hat.”

Anurag also spoke about Sandeep’s previous film Kabir Singh (2019).

He continued: “What is morality? It’s a very subjective thing. Every kind of character and people exist in this society.

“80 per cent of Indian men are like Kabir Singh. I didn’t have an issue with the subject.

“This discussion happened during Kabir Singh too.

“Filmmakers have the right to make any film they want to and represent what they want to.

“We can criticise, argue and disagree with them. Films either provoke or evoke.

“I’ve no problem with filmmakers that make provocative cinema. Once I see Animal, I’ll discuss it with the filmmaker.

“I’ll pick up the phone on him. That’s what I always do.

“If I’ve an issue with a film, I always call up the filmmaker and talk to him.

“I don’t want to get into social media chatter.”

Meanwhile, lyricist Swanand Kirkire said the film made him feel pity for the women of the current generation.

He wrote on X: “After watching the movie Animal, I really felt pity for the women of today’s generation.

“Then a new man has been prepared for you, who is more scary, who does not respect you that much and who aims to subdue you, suppress you and be proud of him.

“I have come home. Desperate, dejected and weak!”

“Men are not able to become alpha.

“They become poets to get the pleasure of all women and start making promises of breaking the moon and stars.

“I am a poet! I do poetry to live! Is there a place for me?

“A film is making a lot of money and the glorious history of Indian cinema is being embarrassed!”

While Animal has received mixed responses for its content, the film itself has proved to be a grand success at the box office.

The film has currently earned over Rs. 355 crore (£34 million) and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Manav is a creative writing graduate and a die-hard optimist. His passions include reading, writing and helping others. His motto is: “Never hang on to your sorrows. Always be positive."

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