Saloni Batra, Ranbir Kapoor’s on-screen sister, says that his character Animal is toxic

The actress who plays Ranbir Kapoor’s sister in Animal, Saloni Batra, says she would find it offensive if someone in real life acted in a way similar to Ranbir’s character.

Innumerable people have come out of the theatres after watching Animal and called the Sandeep Reddy Vanga film sickly and misogynistic. Many others are also criticizing Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal of Animal. Actor Saloni Batra who played Ranbir’s sister in the film now explains how problematic Ranbir’s Animal character is in an interview with DNA. In Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film, Saloni played Ranbir’s sister. The actor admitted that the way Ranbir plays Rannvijay Singh ‘talks and behaves is toxic’.

‘As a woman, I would be offended’: Saloni Batra

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Saloni Batra stated, “I am a facilitator. It’s my job as an actor to facilitate what an artiste wants to bring to the table, who are the creators? Now, they have a vision about this character in this world. This character, the way he talks and behaves, is toxic. But the story is about him and Sandeep sir (Sandeep Reddy Vanga) has chosen to tell his story in his own way. As an audience, it is our responsibility to watch and decide what is right and wrong. If that character is firing a gun in the college, it doesn’t mean it’s right.”

“This is a vision of an artiste for entertainment. In this world, the character (Ranbir Kapoor’s Rannvijay Singh aka Vijay) stands true but as I said, it is your responsibility as an audience that you don’t take it home. You came to the theatre and were entertained. And that is the job of cinema. You don’t have to learn from it. You don’t have to take it back home and tell people that it’s ok to say such things to women… As a woman, I would be offended if someone in real life did that to me. But, such people exist. And this story is about one such story. The director is not being a teacher. He is being an entertainer”, she added.

Animal, played by Ranbir Kapoor

A sentence from the Hindustan Times review of the film Animal stated, “If filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh bothered you, wait till you watch Animal that presents Ranbir as an epitome of misogyny, and he has no qualms about it. Whether it’s telling his younger sister to drink wine and not whiskey, or taking a jibe at the elder one, a Harvard graduate, for just saying, ‘Chup raho, bas karo (Keep quiet)’ in her marriage; he’s loved, hated and misunderstood all at once. As the entitled, rich spoilt brat, Ranvijay considers himself the man in charge after his father, so if the ladies of the houses (read sisters) are in any trouble, he would take law in his hand to serve people right.”

 

In India, Animal has already gathered almost ₹313 crore nett. Along with Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor, and Rashmika Mandanna, the movie was released on December 1.