Updated December 21st, 2023 at 22:03 IST

Mismatched screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal slams Sandeep Reddy for not sharing Animal writing credits

Gazal Dhaliwal, known for Netflix India show Mismatched, has slammed Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga for not sharing the screenplay credits with her.

Ghazal Dhaliwal slams Animal director | Image:gazaldhaliwal/Instagram, IMDb
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Gazal Dhaliwal, popularly known for Netflix India show Mismatched, has lambasted at Animal director Sandeep Reddy Vanga for not sharing the screenplay credits of the blockbuster, and selfishly possessing the rights as the “writer-editor-director” of the film. Gazal took to her Instagram on Thursday to post a screenshot from the film's opening credits. The Instagram post states Sandeep as the “Writer-Editor-Director” of Animal. She mentioned that while she was late to the party, she has a “seemingly-small insight” about Sandeep, specifically from the point of view of a screenwriter.

Gazal Dhaliwal slams Sandeep Reddy Vanga on Instagram 

"I’m a little late to the #Animal party. And while I don’t have anything new to add to the popular discourse around misogyny and toxic masculinity after learned critics like @anupama.chopra @baradwajrangan and @su4ita have said their piece, I do want to share a seemingly-small insight I draw about the person behind the film from a seemingly-small fact. Specifically, from the point of view of a screenwriter."

"There is a particular kind of filmmaker who claims the ‘Writer’ title in the top credit of their film, even when there are other writers who have written the Screenplay and Dialogues of the film. It happens a lot, by the way, in our world. These filmmakers have a deep-seated need of power. Even though being a director is the most powerful anyway... for some reason, it would seem that claiming the ‘Writer’ credit is what gives them the biggest high, " further wrote Ghazal.

Gazal Dhaliwal talks about alpha men 

In the same post, she mentioned that the numerous things in the film were disturbing. "[If a top writing credit was an absolute must for the filmmaker, it could’ve said ‘Co-Writer, Editor, Director’ or even ‘Story, Editing, Direction by’.] Although there were numerous things in the film which I found disturbing, there is a seemingly-small thing that refuses to leave me… and is truly the reason I felt compelled to write this post."

She discussed Ranbir Kapoor's role as Ranvvjay and his love interest, she wrote, "[A mild Spoiler ahead.] The protagonist, claiming to be an alpha male, tells the girl he likes that evolutionarily, women would always choose the alpha man to mate with. So, then the beta men were like – and I paraphrase – what should they do? After all, they had desires too. And that’s how, says this alpha protagonist condescendingly, ‘poetry’ came to be – so that the beta men could seduce women by cooking up words. And I couldn’t help but think – how small, how very petty of this alpha male, who is cooking up words to seduce the woman."

Image credits: IMDb

In the end, she wrote, "By the way, a poet, as we all know, is a ‘Writer’. Which also happens to be a credit some filmmakers find difficult to share."

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She also added 2nd and 3rd photos of excerpts from a couple of great poems about... being a man. By Javed Akhtar and Rudyard Kipling.

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Rashmika Mandanna. 

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 22:03 IST