After earning an ‘A’ rating from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the upcoming film “Animal,” starring Ranbir Kapoor, has received an 18 rating (suitable for adults only) from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The movie’s description on the BBFC site delves into intense violence, including instances of sexual and domestic violence, and includes mild spoilers.
The film’s synopsis on the website outlines, “This dark Hindi language action drama follows a man’s relentless pursuit of twisted revenge at all costs. The movie features sustained and gory fight scenes, thematic domestic abuse, and isolated moments of sexual abuse.”
In the category of ‘violence,’ the film is awarded a full five points. The description of the violence includes, “A man uses a knife to saw at another’s throat. A man employs meat cleavers to murder two prisoners. There is a frenzied stabbing. Numerous scenes depict domestic abuse, where men strike, humiliate, coerce, and manipulate women and children. Fight scenes, involving guns, blades, and fists, are sustained and bloody.”
The ‘threat and horror’ category receives three points, with the description stating, “Moderate scenes of threat, including a man putting a pistol into another’s mouth. A man pointing a gun at a pregnant woman. A teenager taking a gun into a school to intimidate bullies.”
Profanity earns the film four points, while scenes portraying sexual violence and threat also score four points. The description reads, “A bloodied murderer lies on top of his new wife in front of wedding guests. It is implied that he intends to rape another woman. A man engages in sexual relations with a woman as a ruse to make her fall in love with him, after which he humiliates her.”
Despite generating excitement among fans, the trailer for “Animal” has raised concerns, especially regarding a scene featuring Ranbir and Rashmika Mandanna’s characters. This has sparked memories of director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s previous films, “Arjun Reddy” and its Hindi adaptation “Kabir Singh,” which faced criticism for glorifying toxic masculinity. The descriptions on the BBFC website suggest that Sandeep’s new film may not deviate from this pattern.