Since its release Ranbir Kapoor-starrer ‘Animal’ has ignited a diverse spectrum of opinions among viewers. While some applauded the film, others expressed concern over its portrayal of violence and misogyny.
In her response, acclaimed actress and Ranbir’s co-star from ‘Wake up Sid’ Konkona Sen Sharma has stepped forward to defend the depiction of violence in the movie.
In an interview with ANI, Konkona Sen Sharma emphasized the importance of purposeful representation of violence on screen. She stated, "I don’t have a problem with depicting violence on screen as long as there is a very good reason for it. Even sex. I don’t have a problem with viewing sex, but I don’t want to be there just for the sake of it."
The actress filmmaker highlighted the significance of understanding the intent behind including such elements in a film. She emphasized that violence or sex in cinema should be justified by connecting to the characters or the plot. Questioning the director's intent, she stated, "There has to be a reason why it’s there in the film because it connects to the characters or it connects to the plot, or whatever it has to justify itself."
Though Konkona Sen Sharma has not watched the ‘Animal’ movie, she stated that it's not her kind of film. However, she acknowledged its success and the director's previous work. She expressed concern about violence being made acceptable in relationships in certain works, a theme she does not endorse.
Reflecting on her cinematic preferences, the actress-filmmaker expressed a preference for films like Mira Nair's creations, citing ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and ‘The Namesake.’ She explained that she feels at home in films with depth and substance, aligning more with the style of her mother, Aparna Sen, a renowned film director, screenwriter, and actor.