Poonam Singh

Critics and audiences may have hailed ‘Animal’ as a box office juggernaut but the film's contentious themes have sparked backlash. And the latest noted personality to bash Ranbir Kapoor’s film is Drishti IAS founder Vikas Divyakirti, who is also an ex-IPS officer. Divyakirti also starred in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘12th Fail,’ which tells the inspiring journey of real-life IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma.

In an interview with Neelesh Misra for his show ‘Slow Interview’, Vikas didn't mince words, condemning Sandeep Reddy Vanga's ‘Animal’ as regressive and devoid of social value. 

He lamented, "A film like Animal takes our society back by 10 years... There should be some social value, or are people working only for financial value?" Vikas lambasted the film as 'fuhad' and 'badtameez', urging for conscientious filmmaking.

Specifically, Vikas criticized the infamous 'lick my shoe' scene between Ranbir Kapoor and Triptii Dimri, expressing concern over its potential influence on impressionable minds. 

"After watching the film, what if some boys who are of a feudal mindset and are not that mature want to test their girlfriend’s love by asking them to lick their shoe, what then? Itni fuhad aur badtameez film hum bana rahein haithen it is very sad. But both kinds of forces are always there in the world," he added.

He cautioned against perpetuating feudalistic ideologies through careless cinema, emphasizing the need for responsible storytelling.

Vikas Divyakirti's condemnation joins a chorus of disapproval from industry stalwarts like Javed Akhtar and Kangana Ranaut, who have termed the film's success as dangerous.