Sandeep Reddy Vanga, known for Arjun Reddy/Kabir Singh, has gained a dedicated cult fanbase not only due to his compelling storytelling but also for the portrayal of hypermasculine alpha male characters.
His upcoming film “Animal” features Ranbir Kapoor in a powerful gangster role and has already stirred controversy.
The teaser revealed a scene where Ranbir’s character reacts strongly when Rashmika Mandanna talks about his father.
A feminist user criticized Vanga, suggesting that if he is daring enough he should write scenes where the heroine asserts herself strongly.
Notably, Vanga and his cast have previously defended their depiction of abusive relationships in Kabir Singh and Arjun Reddy. Some woke people have criticized Vanga for normalizing harmful behavior.
In response, some people used humor, sharing memes, while others expressed concern about the influence of such movies on young men.
One user sarcastically commented that Vanga was being “generous” for not depicting the hero slapping the heroine, and another tweeted about how Vanga is ‘humble’ for not showing the hero giving ‘belt treatment’ to the heroine for asking a question.
This has sparked debate, with some defending Vanga’s style and others expressing concerns about the impact of such portrayals on young men.
“Animal” is set for release on December 1, 2023, and continues Vanga’s tradition of exploring complex themes in his movies.