GUWAHATI: Amidst contrasting opinions surrounding the recently released film Animal, Tipraha Indigenous Progressive regional alliance (Tipra) chief Pradyot Debbarma has taken a strong stand against the movie, branding it as “the most misogynistic film ever made.”
Expressing his concerns on social media, Chief Pradyot Debbarma criticised the movie’s content, emphasising that its popularity indicates a worrisome trend in society.
“Animal has to be one of the most misogynistic films ever made. Something must be wrong in this country when a film like this becomes a super hit! And I love Ranbir Kapoor and am a huge Garam Dharam family Deol fan. Once again I repeat something is wrong in this country when a film like this makes crores,” he wrote.
The controversy surrounding the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer escalated to the Rajya Sabha on December 7, with Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan from Chhattisgarh raising concerns about the apparent “misogynistic undertones” and violence depicted in the film.
During Zero Hour, Ranjan delivered a powerful speech, vehemently criticising the movie’s portrayal of violence and misogyny.
“Cinema is a mirror to society. We have all grown up on films. Cinema has a great deal of influence in society, especially among the youth. Nowadays, there are some films that are coming like Kabir Singh, Pushpa, and now this film Animal,” said Congress leader Ranjan.
“My daughter and a bunch of other children were watching the film. They cried and left the theatre at half time. The film’s justification of violence and misogyny is shameful,” she continued.
Despite the criticism, Animal has seen remarkable success at the box office, raking in a staggering Rs 338 crore in India, according to industry trackers.
On its seventh day of release, the film earned Rs 25.5 crore in India, securing its position as the fourth-highest grosser of the year, following Jawan, Pathaan, and Gadar 2.
The movie’s financial success stands in stark contrast to the growing backlash from some quarters over its content and portrayal of certain themes.