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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Ranbir Kapoor Ignites the Screen in ‘Animal’ Trailer

Ranbir's character, shaped by a history of neglect, oversight, and potential control, transforms into the eponymous "animal." The teaser hints at various forms of abuse—emotional, verbal, mental, and physical.

The official trailer of “Animal” unveils a poignant tale of a father who perceives his son solely as a criminal and a son who remains unable to surpass the image of his father as his ultimate hero.

The trailer, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, commences with a battered Ranbir Kapoor, sporting long hair, asking his “Papa,” played by Anil Kapoor, to reenact a crucial memory. Choosing to forgo a Michael Jackson concert for his father’s birthday, Ranbir’s character asks Anil to play the son, repeatedly uttering, “Papa, papa.”

As Anil’s character complies, an irritated Ranbir, portraying his father, dismisses his son, a lit cigarette accentuating his lack of empathy. With a booming roar, he declares, “I’m not deaf!” The trailer suggests that “Animal” delves into the demons one must confront, watch grow, and eventually engage in a perilous dance with, where death and victory through annihilation stand on opposing sides. At its core, the narrative seems to revolve around complex father-son dynamics, exploring the theme of “daddy issues.”

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Ranbir’s character, shaped by a history of neglect, oversight, and potential control, transforms into the eponymous “animal.” The teaser hints at various forms of abuse—emotional, verbal, mental, and physical.

Despite the protagonist’s privilege, it becomes evident that this privilege is wielded for destruction and devastation. The trailer masterfully builds anticipation, showcasing visually stunning and engaging storytelling. Ranbir’s character is portrayed as deeply toxic, troubled, and violent, committing acts that should never be glorified.

However, the trailer subtly communicates that the protagonist is not meant to be liked or idolized. Rather, it points to deeper forces at play, spotlighting the strained relationships children may share with their parents. It acknowledges that while an adult’s actions are their own, that grown-up individual was once a child yearning for a love they never received.

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The journey from that child to the titular “animal” appears to be the central theme, and Ranbir’s performance, as depicted in the trailer, suggests it could be his best to date. His portrayal exudes anger, physical prowess, and defiant determination, signaling a powerful return.

Anil Kapoor’s casting as the father is apt, displaying meekness and stone-cold resolve when necessary. Bobby Deol’s brief appearance steals the spotlight, showcasing both his acting prowess and a meticulously chiseled physique.