In a recent session of the Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan criticized the action thriller film 'Animal,' featuring actors Ranbir Kapoor and Bobby Deol. Ranjan expressed her dismay at the film's depiction of violence and misogyny, labeling it as "shameful."
Ranjan emphasized the influential role of cinema in society, particularly among the youth, stating, "Cinema is a mirror to society. We have all grown up watching films. Nowadays, there are some films that are coming, like Kabir Singh, Pushpa, and now this film, Animal."
She recounted a personal experience where her daughter and other children left the theater at halftime, distressed by the film's portrayal of violence and misogyny. Ranjan raised questions about the impact such content has on young minds.
Drawing attention to the song 'Arjan Vailly' featured in the film, Ranjan expressed concern about its use. Arjan Vailly, a historical figure in Sikh history known for bravery and valor, was portrayed in a manner that Ranjan deemed offensive, particularly in the context of highlighting gang warfare.
Ranjan also questioned the Central Board of Film Certification's role in approving films with such content, referring to them as a "disease for our society."
'Animal,' directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, stars Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The film, focusing on a toxic father-son relationship set against a backdrop of crime and the underworld, was released in theaters on December 1. Despite competing with Meghna Gulzar's 'Sam Bahadur' at the box office, 'Animal' crossed Rs 300 crore.