Sandip Reddy Vanga Hits Back at Misogyny Criticism by Kiran Rao, Indirectly Asks About Aamir Khan‘s ‘Dil‘: “He Almost Attempts Rape. What Was All That?”
Director Sandip Reddy Vanga Responds to Criticism Regarding Violence and Misogyny in His Work
Sandip Reddy Vanga, the director of the film ‘Animal‘, responded to criticism regarding the violent and misogynistic content in his work. When questioned about detractors, Vanga referred to an interview by Kiran Rao, who had previously commented on films like Baahubali and Kabir Singh promoting stalking. Without directly naming Kiran, Vanga brought up Aamir Khan‘s 1990 film Dil as a counterargument.
Sandip Reddy Vanga Takes a Dig at Kiran Rao for Comments on ‘Animal‘
Vanga then took aim at Aamir Khan‘s film Dil, saying that he wanted to tell that woman to go and ask Aamir Khan about the song ‘Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai‘. What was that? Then come back to him. If you remember Dil, he almost attempts rape; he makes her feel like she has done the wrong thing. And they fell in love after that. What was all that?
In November, Kiran Rao expressed her views to The Times of India, mentioning that Baahubali‘s lead character “strips her (the lead heroine) of her agency” and naming Kabir Singh as a film that glorifies stalking as a “form of wooing a woman.”
In Dil, Aamir Khan‘s character is accused of rape by Madhuri Dixit‘s character, and later he threatens her with rape but ultimately lets her go. The scene has faced criticism in subsequent years, despite the film being a major success at the time.
Sandip Reddy Vanga‘s film Animal achieved significant success, grossing over Rs 900 crore at the global box office. The film recently began streaming on Netflix.