Ram Gopal Varma on critics calling Animal a violent and misogynistic film: ‘I find it funny’ | Bollywood News


Ram Gopal Varma has been praising Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal ever since the film released in theatres. Recently, the Satya director shared his review of the film on X. RGV even went on to say that he would like to touch filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Ranbir’s feet for making the movie. Now, in an interview, Varma opened up on different aspects of the film, what he liked and disliked, and critics panning it for glorifying toxic masculinity.

Speaking on how critics are calling out Animal for being a violent and misogynistic film, RGV told Connect FM Canada, “That’s the nature of a violent film and the director has been saying that from the beginning. ‘You will see what violence is,’ he had said. So you are pre-warned even in trailer and interviews. And then to call it violent, I find it funny. See the whole point of a film is to startle you and to provoke an emotion. Shock is one of the emotions. Many times I was surprised in the film, but it can be an unpleasant surprise to some people and when sudden shock comes, it disorients them.”

Ram Gopal Varma also shared his thought on Ranbir Kapoor’s naked scene in the film and called it a ‘rare achievement’. He said, “An actor’s biggest worry is that he won’t be able to see himself in a scene and his biggest fear is how it will come across to the audience. What if the audience don’t like it and laugh at it? The kind of challenges Sandeep threw at Ranbir including the naked scene when he walks in front of his family and staff. The conviction with which Ranbir did that scene, he absolutely believed in the character. When he is in the frame, it looks like he is living the character. That’s a very rare achievement.”

The only time RGV says he wasn’t convinced with Animal was when Ranbir’s character asks Triptii Dimri’s character to lick his feet. “I think that scene was inconsistent because only in that scene I felt Ranbir was out of character. Also, the character of Triptii evokes so much empathy.” He also explained that Triptii’s character felt genuine to him. The filmmaker added, “So to be so rude and crude to her, I felt Ranbir’s character fell down below her in that scene, which never happened in rest of the film.”

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