Animal, the movie Sandeep Reddy Vanga, and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Triptii Dimri and Anil Kapoor was one of the biggest Bollywood releases last year and saw a record-breaking theatrical run where it earned a whopping Rs. 900 crore in global box office revenue.
While the film managed to earn a lot of money, a lot of people also criticised it for problematic themes, misogy, toxic masculinity and more.
The movie finally released on Netflix on 26th January 2024, however, it seems that netizens are roasting it more this time around than even during its theatre run.
What Are The Netizens Saying?
Netizens were quite disappointed that there was no extended cut of the movie released in the OTT version. An extra 20 minutes or so was supposed to be there and fans had been expecting that the Netflix version would have the extended runtime which wasn’t there during the theatrical release.
In another interview, Sandeep stated that the original runtime of the movie was 3 hours 45 minutes as compared to the 3 hours 24 minutes that came out theatrically.
Vanga in an interview with Komal Nahata had said “When I saw the film for the first time, I spotted a lot of problems. But I am correcting all those problems for the Netflix version. I’m currently editing the Netflix version, it will have a few more shots, I should’ve kept the 3-hour 30-minute version but due to pressure, I had to cut 8-9 minutes. I’m using that footage for the Netflix version of Animal.”
Netizens were also not happy that a supposed kiss scene between Ranbir Kapoor and Bobby Deol’s characters during the airstrip scene had not been added to the Netflix version.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of the movie in an interview with Galatta Plus had spoken about how there was a scene where Bobby’s character of Abrar had kissed Ranbir’s character on the cheek and said something along the lines of ‘Bhai, I didn’t even spend one day with my father,’ and opened his zip.
Vanga stated “Yes, actually there was a kiss. Bobby will kiss Ranbir, a kiss on the cheek, and say, ‘Bhai, I didn’t even spend one day with my father’, and he’ll go back and open his zip. It was superb when we were shooting, but I felt like the kiss was diluting the zip. Why I removed it was because Bobby sir gave this expression with a smirk, and a tear falls down his cheek. I felt that was a bigger cinematic high than coming and kissing.”
Bobby Deol also speaking with The Quint had said “He (Sandeep) said, ‘You’re fighting, and you suddenly kiss him, and then you don’t give up, and he kills you’. But he removed the kiss. There was a kiss. I think it might come on the uncut Netflix version. After saying all this, he said, ‘You’re mute’.”
However, the scene was later removed since Sandeep felt it affected the emotional moment of the scene and that the final version of Bobby smirking with a tear rolling down his face was more powerful. Vanga, however, had reportedly promised that the scene would be there in the OTT version along with the extended cut of the movie too.
Animal extended cut is a scam lol
Original runtime 3H23M
Netflix runtime is 3H24M
— BHAI (@salmanbhaijaann) January 25, 2024
just watched animal on netflix pic.twitter.com/JhLi3wvMt8
— 🍉 (@tayronto) January 27, 2024
Some people also called out how ‘Annapoorani’ had been removed from Netflix after some groups claimed it hurt religious sentiments and that ‘Animal’ should also be removed since it showed an Indian man having an extramarital affair, something that netizens say is also against Indian culture along with also promoted toxic masculinity and misogyny.
User @ka_fries2366 commented “Hello @NetflixIndia @annamalai_k I’m an Indian Hindu woman disturbed by the movie Animal which shows an Indian man having affairs outside marriage. Cultural heritage what makes India & this movie disturbs the “one man one wife” concept of this country. Plz take action.”
Another replied saying “please take it down. I am starting to have multiple affairs to show love to my wife while playing satranga And my wife says I’m the animal Please remove the film as it hurts my sentiments”.
Many people also took the tweet way too seriously without understanding the sarcasm and satirical nature of it.
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