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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 16:19 IST

Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga opens up about Bobby Deol's limited screentime in film

After fans complained about Bobby's limited screentime in Animal, Vanga said he intentionally created the hype by giving him just 15 minutes in the film.

Bobby Deol
Bobby Deol | Image:Twitter
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Bobby Deol is the man of the moment. Despite having no dialogues and limited screen time, the actor has earned massive praise for his performance in the recently released movie Animal. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Animal has earned over Rs 840 crores globally and isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Bobby in Animal | Image: Youtube screengrab

Vanga always knew he wanted someone like Bobby as villain

In conversation with Connect FM Canada, he shared, “Right from the beginning I had this thing in mind that the hero and the villain would remove their shirts and fight on the runway. So, when I imagined that, I wanted someone macho who is broader than Ranbir and more powerful than him. I could not think of anyone but Bobby sir.”

Bobby and Ranbir in Animal | Image: Youtube screengrab

Vanga reveals why the villain took so long to show up in the movie

The filmmaker revealed, “Everybody knew from the teaser and trailer that Bobby Deol is the villain and I knew they were going to wait for him. So, from the beginning, right after 15 minutes into the film, you know there is a tension about the villain but we do not see his face.”

Bobby in Animal | Image: Youtube screengrab

Sandeep initially planned to introduce the villain after the interval but then thought it would be a ‘routined’ way to do so. 

He added, “So, I made the audience wait for almost 28-30 minutes and then I introduced him as a bridegroom. I always wanted to show that Ranbir is in a very down phase whereas the villain is having fun and getting married for the third time. I wanted to show the difference and it worked.”

Bobby in Animal | Image: Youtube screengrab

Bobby locked horns against Ranbir Kapoor in the movie. The cast of this action thriller also included Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Triptii Dimri and Shakti Kapoor among others. The movie has been received largely by audiences in both good and bad ways because it glorified violence and nudity.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 16:19 IST

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