Ranjeet Ranjan, an Indian National Congress MP from Chattisgarh, brought up Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film “Animal” in a parliamentary discussion. She criticized the movie for its portrayal of toxic masculinity, stating that her daughter left the theater in tears after watching it.
She emphasized that cinema reflects society and significantly influences the youth. Ranjan mentioned movies like “Kabir Singh,” “Pushpa,” and now “Animal,” expressing concern about their impact on young minds.
Referring to her daughter’s reaction and the discomfort felt by other girls present with her during the screening, she highlighted the distressing scenes and depictions of violence and harassment against women in the film.
The MP argued against such representations in movies, citing examples like “Kabir Singh” and its portrayal of problematic behavior being justified.
She underscored the importance of discussing these movies, especially their influence on high school students who might perceive negative roles as role models due to their prevalence in cinema and society.
Ranjeet Ranjan also criticized the portrayal of historical figures in the movie, specifically pointing out inaccuracies in the depiction of Hari Singh Nalwa and his son, Arjan Singh Nalwa, which she claimed misrepresented their historical significance and hurt religious sentiments.
Despite the controversy and criticism, “Animal” has achieved substantial box office success, surpassing Rs 500 crore within six days of its release on December 1, 2023.