Ranbir Kapoor’s latest cinematic venture, ‘Animal,’ has set the box office ablaze, crossing the impressive Rs 200-crore milestone within its first weekend. The Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial, released on December 1, has not only met but exceeded expectations, becoming Ranbir Kapoor’s highest-grossing opening film to date. As the dust settles on its third day, ‘Animal’ stands tall, raking in a total of Rs 202.57 crore, marking a spectacular entry into the 200-crore club. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride through the intricate dynamics between tycoon Balbir Singh and his son, Rannvijay Singh. The plot thickens as tragedy befalls Balbir, leading Rannvijay on a vengeful journey against his adversary, Abrar Haque, sparking a brutal gang feud.
‘Animal’ faced a formidable clash with Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sam Bahadur’ but managed to emerge victorious, proving its mettle at the box office. The film earned an estimated Rs 72.50 crore on the third day, contributing to the overall collection of Rs 202.57 crore. With an impressive 79.05% Hindi occupancy on Sunday, ‘Animal’ continues to dominate the Indian box office. Despite its commercial success, ‘Animal’ has not been immune to critical scrutiny. While the film boasts technically sound elements, including commendable background scores, production design, and costumes, it falls short in seamlessly connecting its narrative threads. The disjointed storytelling and abrupt transitions between scenes leave audiences yearning for a more immersive experience.
Ranbir Kapoor’s portrayal of Rannvijay, though sincere, receives mixed reviews. His performance, while showing moments of brilliance, struggles to escape the shadow of an incoherent script and editing choices. As ‘Animal’ roared past the 200-crore mark, the star-studded cast, including Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Bobby Deol, along with producer Bhushan Kumar, celebrated the film’s success at the T-Series office in Mumbai. The team’s camaraderie and jubilation were evident as they toasted to the film’s triumph, marking a momentous occasion in Bollywood.
Amid the celebrations, veteran actor Dharmendra took to social media to shower praise on his son Bobby Deol’s performance in ‘Animal.‘ In a heartfelt Instagram post, Dharmendra referred to Bobby as “My Talented Bob,” commending his portrayal of the ultimate villain, Abrar Haque.
Adding an unexpected twist to the ‘Animal’ saga, an old video of Aamir Khan has resurfaced, where the Bollywood icon criticizes the reliance on violence and sex in films. The clip went viral post-‘Animal’s’ release, leading to diverse reactions. While some argue that ‘Animal’ leans heavily on graphic and provocative content, others defend the film’s polarizing elements.
‘Animal’ continues to break records, entering the Rs 100-crore club within its first two days of release. The film’s success surpasses earlier benchmarks set by ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Gadar 2,’ establishing ‘Animal’ as a powerhouse at the box office. The weekend projections suggest that the film might approach the Rs 150-crore mark in India.
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As ‘Animal’ maintains its dominance at the box office, the audience remains captivated by the film’s gripping narrative and powerhouse performances, making it a force to be reckoned with in the world of Hindi cinema.