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'Animal' Trailer - Ranbir Kapoor's enduring 'Daddy Issues' find a manic edge

Animal trailer reveals that Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor share a rather turbulent, dysfunctional relationship that is looking over the edge

'Animal' Trailer - Ranbir Kapoor's enduring 'Daddy Issues' find a manic edge
Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in 'Animal'

Last Updated: 09.44 PM, Nov 23, 2023


The trailer of Sandeep Reddy Vanga's 'Animal' is finally here and expectedly, has got everyone talking. The violence that the filmmaker has consistently hinted at, his trademark volatile, turbulent central character, domestic brawls, screams, screeches, nervous breakdowns - it's all there quite prominently, amped up through the veins. What's also quite apparent is Ranbir Kapoor's long withstanding parental issue on celluloid which, finally, seems to have found an outlet.


Kapoor is possibly one of the most talented artists of his and the subsequent generations but one glaring aspect of filmography thus far has been his penchant to come of age on screen. There's some kind of respite, a channel that his characters often seek to break their moulds - like music in Rockstar, photography in Wake Up Sid and politics in Rajneeti. And incidentally, several of these journeys are underlined boldly by the relationships he shares with his on-screen fathers. Some of them are tender, relatable whereas the rest are tense and troubled, often making us wonder what draws the actor to pick these parts again and again.

If Ayan Mukerji's Wake Up Sid saw Ranbir Kapoor's eponymous Sid in a puerile tussle with his father (played by Anupam Kher), Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani was about a subtle yet persisting ego clash with dad (a delightful Farookh Shaikh). In Imtiaz Ali's Tamasha, Ranbir is forced to conform because of his father's ideals whereas Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, based on the life of real-life actor Sanjay Dutt, saw the titular character regard his father Sunil Dutt (played by Paresh Rawal) as the beacon of hope. 

The repressed emotions, the angst, the muted labour, etc. - these have been common traits in all of these films and one finds that to be the case with Animal as well. It's almost as though the core of each of the characters has come together to form a huge emotional avalanche ball in the new film and sh*t is ready to hit the fan. Ranbir Kapoor, quite evidently, is ready to take off from where he left things and it would be interesting to see how far he goes.

Ranbir Kapoor as Ved Sahni in 'Tamasha'
Ranbir Kapoor as Ved Sahni in 'Tamasha'

Interestingly, some of Kapoor's other major tiles like Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (a grandfather, technically), Barfi and Jagga Jasoos, too, boast strong father characters but they are starkly endearing compared to the aforementioned and don't necessarily fit the bill. Animal, though, seems right up the actor's alley.

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