Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Animal continues to stir debate, even a month after it's release. The movie, that stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, hit cinemas on December 1st, 2023. Due to its graphic and explicit content, the movie continues to draw polarising reactions from all stratas of the society. While the masses have lapped up the film with it's box-office collections amounting to over ₹800 crores globally, the film continues to divide several critics and fans.
The latest to join the Animal debate is Paatal Lok and Kohraa writer-creator Sudip Sharma. In a conversation for Indian Express with filmmaker Abhishek Chaubey, Sharma expressed his displeasure over how he expected more from the film and was unable to connect with the film against his desire. He shares, “No, I didn’t like the film. It’s one of the biggest blockbusters ever of Hindi cinema, there’s no refuting that. So, great job. But I was expecting more from the film. There’s great craft on display, there are a lot of things that work for it. As a film on a whole it didn’t work for me. It made me feel things that the film did not intend to, and it could not make me feel things which the film intended to.”
The film explores the complex relationship between a wealthy father and his immature son, against the backdrop of vengeance and violence. Alongside Ranbir and Rashmika, the movie includes an ensemble cast featuring Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Tripti Dimri, Charu Shankar, Saloni Batra, Anshul Chauhan, Siddhant Karnick, Shakti Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi and Prem Chopra.