Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of Animal, recently stated that he doesn’t understand why people label the characters of his films as misogynistic.
In an interview, he expressed his confusion over the criticism directed towards characters like Ranvijay Singh and Kabir Singh.
Vanga believes that only a small group of people, whom he refers to as “15-20 jokers,” perceive his characters as misogynistic. However, he strongly disagrees with this assessment.
Misogyny and Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Characters
Vanga argues that his characters, including Ranvijay Singh, Kabir Singh, and even himself, are not misogynistic.
He defines misogyny as disrespect towards women and asserts that none of his films promote or condone such behavior.
Despite the negative perception surrounding his characters, Vanga maintains that the label of misogyny is incorrect.
He challenges the interviewer to reconsider their opinion and asks if they genuinely believe that his characters are misogynistic.
The Controversy Surrounding Animal
The film Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor, has faced criticism for its alleged misogyny and portrayal of extreme violence.
Reviews highlighted various instances in the film where the character displayed disrespectful behavior towards women.
Additionally, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ranjeet Ranjan criticized the film for justifying violence and misogyny, deeming it shameful.
Cricketer Jaydev Unadkat also voiced concerns about the film’s depiction of misogyny but later deleted his tweet.
Defending the Film
While Animal received backlash for its portrayal of misogyny, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap came to its defense.
Kashyap argued that the film sparked discussions surrounding misogyny, generating more awareness than any other feminist film.
He believed that Animal’s controversial content served a purpose by igniting conversations about misogyny within society.
According to Kashyap, the film’s impact has contributed positively to the feminist movement.
Torn Apart Films and Toxicity
Sandeep Reddy Vanga expressed his disappointment with the current state of film criticism, stating that movies are torn apart excessively and often in a toxic manner.
He believes that the level of criticism has reached unprecedented heights, negatively impacting the industry.
Vanga emphasizes the need for constructive criticism rather than tearing down films without offering valuable insights.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga defends his characters, including Ranvijay Singh and Kabir Singh, from the label of misogyny.
Despite facing criticism for his films, Vanga remains firm in his conviction that none of his characters promote disrespect towards women.
While Animal may have sparked debates about misogyny, it has also initiated discussions about the issue, according to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.
As audiences continue to engage with controversial content, it is essential to approach film criticism constructively, fostering growth and understanding within the industry.