Sandeep-Reddy-Vanga

Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal, featuring Ranbir Kapoor, enjoyed huge box office success. However, it faced criticism for what some perceived as sexist and endorsing toxic masculinity. Responding to filmmaker Kiran Rao’s backlash, Aamir Khan’s ex-wife, Sandeep suggested in a recent interview that she should first criticize Aamir’s films.

In the interview, Vanga pointed to a scene in Aamir’s film Dil, where the character threatens a woman with rape but they eventually fall in love. He advised Kiran to question Aamir about the song ‘Khambe jaisi khadi hai’ before returning to him.

While it’s acceptable to counter criticism, Vanga appears to be going overboard. It seems like he is on a mission to turn people into his enemies within the industry, regardless of their stature. In the long run, it’s not advisable to confront everyone with an opinion about him or his films, as it only leads to more enemies.

Aamir Khan, a legendary figure in Indian cinema, has crafted films that are both box-office successes and critically acclaimed. Vanga’s decision to take on Aamir seems quite childish.

Interestingly, Vanga doesn’t exhibit the same behavior towards Telugu directors or stars. Is this because Bollywood figures are more vulnerable? Instead of channeling his aggression towards critics, Vanga should focus on creating films that continue to entertain audiences.

However, a video is going viral in which Aamir is apologizing for the specific song and its lyrics. In an interview a few years ago, Aamir already expressed regret, acknowledging that Hindi films have often failed to responsibly depict relationships between men and women.

He highlighted the problematic portrayal of women as mere ‘items’ and referenced lyrics like ‘tu cheez badi hai mast mast’ and ‘khambe jaisi khadi hai, ladki hai ya chadi hai.’ Aamir expressed shame over such representations in the industry.