Sandeep Reddy Vanga, basking in the triumph of his latest film, 'Animal', recently responded to criticism from Javed Akhtar regarding his Ranbir Kapoor starrer.
The filmmaker countered Akhtar's comments, suggesting that the lyricist should first scrutinize his son Farhan Akhtar's work before passing judgment on his film. In a candid conversation with Siddharth Kannan, Sandeep expressed his disappointment, asserting that it was evident Akhtar hadn't watched the film in its entirety.
Highlighting the frustration that arises when critics comment without a complete understanding of the work, Sandeep questioned the fairness of such assessments. He expanded the critique beyond Akhtar, emphasizing the need for individuals to assess their own surroundings before casting stones at artistic creations.
Sandeep raised an interesting point by questioning why similar scrutiny wasn't directed at Farhan Akhtar when he produced 'Mirzapur.' Notably, 'Mirzapur,' known for its global profanity, escaped criticism from Akhtar despite its potentially unsettling nature when translated to Telugu.
"Why didn't he say the same thing to Farhan Akhtar when he was making Mirzapur? Duniya bhar ke gaali Mirzapur ek show mai hai, and I haven't watched the whole show. When the show was translated to Telugu, if you watch that, then you will feel like puking. Why is he not checking his son's work?" Sandeep questioned.
Javed Akhtar had earlier voiced concerns at the Ajanta Ellora International Film Festival in Aurangabad about the success of films featuring objectionable scenes. While not directly naming any film, he alluded to scenes condoning violence against women or demeaning acts, expressing apprehension about such content contributing to a film's superhit status.
It's noteworthy that Sandeep Reddy Vanga's previous film, 'Kabir Singh,' had faced criticism for a scene where Shahid Kapoor's character slaps Kiara Advani's character. 'Animal,' featuring an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, and Bobby Deol, has achieved tremendous success in theaters and recently made its debut on OTT platforms.