Animal: The Twinning Violence
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Tripthi Dimri, Charu Shankar, Babloo Prithveeraj, and Shakti Kapoor
Music Composed by JAM8, Vishal Mishra, Jaani, Manan Bharadwaj, Shreyas Puranik, Harshavardhan Rameshwar, Ashim Kemson Animal Review
Cinematography by Amit Roy
Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Suppose Bheema was the only son of Pandu and he fought with Duryodhana, who was the only son of Dhritarashtra. If Pandu became the emperor and Dhritarashtra left the kingdom in protest, that would be the story of Animal. I will not explain much, but note two points: Bheema and Duryodhana can only kill each other. They are born around the same time, like identical twins. This is how Sandeep Reddy Vanga used this aspect in the film. Sandeep did not say much for us to decipher, but you can easily understand this mythological connection with a Google search. While you are at it, you can also search for “Vanishing Twin Syndrome”. Of course, I am not telling you what to do, but if you are interested, you can learn more about them. ANIMAL is a character study that mixes the Vanishing Twin and Cain & Abel stories from the Bible, and the Bheema & Duryodhana story from the Mahabharata. To make things even simpler: Bheema vows to avenge Draupadi by killing Duryodhana with his own hands. Ranvijay (Ranbir) does the same. This one notion consumes Bheema more than any of his brothers.
The Vanishing Twin Syndrome occurs when one twin dies in the womb and is absorbed by the other. If any part of the dead twin, such as the lungs, heart, kidney, or brain cells, remains with the surviving one, then this syndrome is more evident. This syndrome has affected not only Ranvijay in the film, but also the writer in Sandeep Reddy Vanga, whose twin – the Arjun Reddy writer – was consumed by the idea of repeating what worked in the second film. The Animal writer is not as original and convincing as the Arjun Reddy one. He was consumed in the womb of creating a more violent character with similar traits, but with no bones – only flesh and a metaphorical shape. In Arjun Reddy, the protagonist seemed original, delightfully on your face, a man with flaws, gray and human. But in Animal, Arjun Reddy became a man with no considerate bones which makes him relatable.