Updated January 4th, 2024 at 15:56 IST

Animal actor Siddhant Karnick defends Ranbir Kapoor starrer: In no way are we indicating…

Animal actor Siddhant Karnick opened up about the criticism against the film. The actor asserted that the characters are fictional and are meant to entertain.

Animal | Image:Instagram

Animal hit the big screen on December 1 and has been dominating the box office ever since. The film scripted history by becoming the fastest Hindi film to breach the ₹500 crore mark at the domestic box office. Despite the massive commercial feat, the film is being criticised for being ‘misogynistic’ and ‘sexist’. In a new interview, Siddhant Karnick, who plays the role of Ranbir Kapoor’s brother-in-law in the film, defended the movie. 

Siddhant Karnick says Animal is made to entertain cine-goers

Siddhant Karnick plays the role of Varun, Ranbir Kapoor’s brother-in-law in the film. The actor is one of the antagonists of the film who tries to harm the protagonist and his family while being a part of them. In an interview with Midday, Siddhant defined the film. He clarified, “I feel the film has put across a dark character in a very stylised format. In no way are we indicating that there is glory in being a dark character, nor are we suggesting that people should be like Ranvijay. Since Animal is a stylised film, all traits including the darkness of the protagonist are stylised in keeping with the treatment of the narrative.” 

A sill from Animal | Image: Screengrab  

Siddhant further reiterated that all characters in the film were fictional and were meant to entertain the audience. He added, “What Ranbir essays as Ranvijay or what I play as Varun are just fictional, in a film made with the idea of entertaining cine-goers.” 


Animal scripts history at the box office 

Released alongside Vicky Kaushal starrer Sam Bahadur, Animal dominated the box office in India. The Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial surpassed Pathaan to become the second highest-grossing film of 2023. Released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. As per Sacnilk, at the conclusion of 2023, the Ranbir Kapoor-Rashmika Madanna starrer had amassed a total of ₹544.93 crore at the domestic box office, in all languages combined. 

Animal official poster | Image: Animalthefilm/Instagram 

The Sandeep Reddy Vanga raced past Pathaan which minted a total of ₹543 crore in India. However, the film ranks second to Atlee-directed Jawan which amassed a total of ₹640.25 crore in India, as per Sacnilk. 


Published January 4th, 2024 at 15:55 IST

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