Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of the recently successful film ‘Animal,’ has shared insights into the dynamics between the lead characters and the portrayal of bold female characters in his movies. Despite criticism for glorifying toxic masculinity and violence, ‘Animal’ continues to perform well at the box office.
In a recent interview, Vanga addressed the relationship between the film’s protagonists, Ranbir Kapoor’s Ranvijay, and Rashmika Mandanna’s Geetanjali, highlighting the boldness of women in his films.
Discussing the portrayal of women initiating intimate scenes in both ‘Arjun Reddy’ and ‘Animal,’ Vanga stated that it was not a deliberate choice. He explained that the shift in the discussion during a particular scene in ‘Animal’ was meant to add dramatic intensity. The director emphasized the lifestyle differences portrayed in the film, especially when characters live with in-laws, drawing a contrast between the independence of Indian women in the US versus India.
Vanga elaborated on the perception of independence in the film, stating, “In the film, it’s a palace they live in. I feel everything is in control. About the sleeping on the lap thing, I feel in the film the way Rashmika was calling him, I felt like she was calling a kid.”
Acknowledging the dominance of Geetanjali’s character over Ranvijay in the film, Vanga admitted to dropping subtle hints about the same throughout various scenes. He emphasized the unique dynamics in the relationship, where Geetanjali appears to have control over Ranvijay.
‘Animal’ continues its successful box office run, with the film earning Rs 5.5 crore in India on its 19th day of release, bringing its total domestic collections to Rs 523.69 crore. The global collection of the film has surpassed Rs 850 crore, solidifying its success despite criticism.
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