In the realm of cinema, the duration of a film is often a subject of scrutiny and discussion, and Ranbir Kapoor's recent commentary on the upcoming movie "Animal" has sparked conversations about the deliberate choice of an extended runtime. In an interview Kapoor defended the film's extensive duration, stating, "Conveying the narrative of Animal to the audience requires time. We viewed the initial cut, spanning 3 hours and 49 minutes, and found it to be engaging. Embrace the length and enjoy an optimal cinematic experience."
According to reports, the producers initially planned to present the extended version of "Animal" in theaters at distinct intervals, a move that was deemed bold in the cinematic landscape. However, exercising caution, distributors made edits in specific scenes, leading to a shortened runtime of the theatrical version, which now stands at three hours and twenty-one minutes.
The decision to release an extended version raises questions about audience reception and the film's potential success. Will "Animal" achieve the monumental feat of grossing 1,000 crores? Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, known for his previous works like "Arjun Reddy" and "Kabir Singh," offers insights into the nuanced world of filmmaking.
Vanga acknowledges the diverse perspectives that audiences bring to the table, recognizing that differing viewpoints can profoundly impact the interpretation of a story and its characters. In an interview with The Hindu, he states, "I didn't face much criticism for Arjun Reddy, but it was a different scenario for Kabir Singh. Without naming names, I observed people engaging in debates about Kabir Singh before the release of my films for promotional purposes."
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The director delves into the complexities of artistic reception, revealing that a significant producer-director hesitated to express admiration for "Kabir Singh." It appeared as though the film was treated with a certain level of controversy, drawing parallels to the impactful French film "Irreversible." Vanga candidly shares that "Irreversible" troubled him for several days, despite recognizing its artistic merit.
As "Animal" receives an A certificate, indicating that the film is intended for audiences aged 18 and above, Vanga contemplates the dilemma of whether to take younger family members or his son Arjun to watch the film in theaters. This decision prompts reflections on the mature themes and content woven into the narrative, highlighting the filmmaker's conscious choice to create an experience tailored for a more mature audience.