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Ram Gopal Varma reviews Animal - Sandeep Vanga Reddy throws holy templates in the garbage bin

Ram Gopal Varma calls the Animal director the “first expressionist artiste that the Indian film industry ever produced” and offers him a million salutes

Ram Gopal Varma reviews Animal - Sandeep Vanga Reddy throws holy templates in the garbage bin
RGV is all praise for Sandeep Vanga Reddy

Last Updated: 06.09 PM, Dec 05, 2023


After seeing multiple reviews of Arjun Reddy maker Sandeep Vanga Reddy’s latest, Animal, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma decided to watch it and look at it through multiple point of views. And by the looks of it, it seems that Varma has absolutely loved it. He has written a four page glowing review of the film listing all that he liked about the Ranbir Kapoor-led film and that he wants a picture of Sandeep’s feet to fall at. He writes, “ANIMAL is not merely a film .. it is a SOCIAL STATEMENT… Sandeep has ripped off the clothes of moral hypocrisy with his bare naked honesty… “, among others.

Sandeep retweeted the review from his all-time favourite director, adding that no other director has contributed to Indian cinema more than RGV. The banter between the two filmmakers did not end there, with RGV tweeting yet again a lengthy note of praise. Turns out, Varma is totally in awe of Sandeep for “destroying the existing system”. In his contributions to cinema, RGV says that he still stuck to conventional templates, albeit more realistically, while Sandeep just “scooped up all the hitherto holy templates and threw them into the garbage bin”.

RGV added that most filmmakers today are scared of being judged by audiences, and that Sandeep on the other hand is neither judgemental of his characters or the film-viewing audience, making him, in RGV’s opinion, the first expressionist artiste in India. And for this, RGV reckoned, Sandeep deserves a million salutes. Animal, which also stars Anil Kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna, among others, opened in theatres on December 1 and, despite the largely negative reviews about the film’s alpha male portrayal and misogyny, among others, is raking in the moolah at the box office.

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