The Bollywood blockbuster Animal is causing controversy as it defies poor reviews, a lengthy runtime, and criticism for perceived glorification of toxic masculinity. Discover Bollywood Blockbuster Animal Poised to Hit Another Global Box Office Milestone.
Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, the crime epic has grossed ₹757 crore (approximately $90 million) worldwide in just 12 days, surpassing expectations and becoming the third-biggest Indian film of the year. Despite an unusually long runtime and an A rating (equivalent to an R rating), the film’s success is undeniable.
The film’s success is noteworthy as Kapoor, part of Bollywood’s renowned family, now stands as the face of one of the country’s most divisive movies. It is on track to join the $100 million club, a rare feat even with its controversial content. Despite concerns about its portrayal of women and director Vanga’s history with similar criticisms in his previous films, Animal continues to draw audiences.
Director Vanga, known for hits like Arjun Reddy and its Hindi remake Kabir Singh, has proven himself as a bankable figure, attracting audiences with his name alone. However, the film has faced backlash, reflected in its 28% “rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. Starring Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol, and Anil Kapoor, Animal challenges expectations and sparks discussions about the direction of Bollywood cinema.