Sandeep Reddy Vanga Fires Back at Javed Akhtar‘s Animal Criticism, Targets Farhan Akhtar‘s Mirzapur Sandeep Reddy Vanga Responds to Javed Akhtar‘s Animal Critique, Takes Aim at Farhan Akhtar‘s Mirzapur
Sandeep Reddy Vanga Hits Back at Javed Akhtar for Animal Criticism: “You’ll Feel Like Puking After Watching Farhan‘s Mirzapur“
Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of the controversial film Animal, has hit back at lyricist Javed Akhtar‘s criticism of the movie. Akhtar had called Animal “dangerous” and “misogynistic,” prompting Vanga to defend his work and take aim at Akhtar‘s son, Farhan Akhtar.
Vanga: “It’s Clear He Didn’t Watch the Film”
In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Vanga said that it was clear that Akhtar had not seen Animal in its entirety before criticizing it. “It’s very clear in that comment that he did not see the entire film,” said Vanga. “Now if someone is talking without watching the film, what can I say about them? Obviously, you feel bad because it is very clear that he has not seen the film and not only about him; anybody who is throwing stones on an art piece, why don’t they check their surroundings first?”
Vanga Questions Akhtar‘s Silence on Farhan Akhtar‘s Mirzapur
Vanga went on to question why Akhtar had not criticized his son Farhan Akhtar‘s work, particularly the popular web series Mirzapur, which Vanga said was full of abusive language. “Why didn’t he tell the same thing to Farhan Akhtar when he was producing Mirzapur. Duniya bhar ke gaali Mirzapur ek show mai hai (the series is full of abuses) and I haven’t watched the whole show. When the show was translated to Telugu, if you watch that, then you will feel like puking. Why is he not checking his son’s work?” asked Vanga.
Animal and Its Controversial Content
Animal, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol, and Anil Kapoor, has been the subject of much debate since its release. The film has been praised for its performances and its technical aspects, but it has also been criticized for its portrayal of violence and misogyny. Some critics have accused the film of glorifying toxic masculinity and promoting a culture of violence against women.
Javed Akhtar‘s Criticism of Animal
Javed Akhtar was among the many celebrities who criticized Animal for its portrayal of misogyny and violence. At the Ajanta Ellora International Film Festival in Aurangabad, Akhtar said, “If there’s a film in which a man asks a woman to lick his shoe or if a man says it’s okay to slap a woman… and the film is a super hit, that’s dangerous.” Akhtar‘s comments were widely interpreted as a reference to a scene in Animal in which Ranbir Kapoor‘s character asks Triptii Dimri‘s character to lick his shoe to prove her love for him.
The Bigger Picture: Examining Cultural Values and Societal Norms
The debate over Animal and its portrayal of violence and misogyny has sparked a larger conversation about the role of cinema in shaping cultural values and societal norms. Critics argue that films like Animal can normalize violence and misogyny, while supporters argue that the film is simply a reflection of the realities of society. The debate is likely to continue long after the film has left theaters.