Renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar recently sparked controversy at the Ajanta Ellora International Film Festival in Aurangabad with his pointed remarks about the current trend in films, notably singling out Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s blockbuster, ‘Animal.’ Without explicitly naming the movie, Javed Akhtar’s concerns about the success of films portraying scenes that propagate problematic behaviour, citing instances where a man asks a woman to lick his shoe or justifies slapping a woman, presumably referencing controversial scenes from Vanga’s previous film, Kabir Singh, and Animal.

Javed Akhtar's criticism and Animal Team's defence


Team’s Defiant Response

The response from the official Twitter account of Animal was swift and confrontational. They directly addressed Javed Akhtar’s comments, defending the film’s context and suggesting that Akhtar had misunderstood the scene in question. This response not only defended the film but also questioned Akhtar’s understanding of art form and asserted how love transcends gender politics.

Pattern of Defensiveness Against Critics

This isn’t the first time the team behind Animal has reacted strongly to criticism. They’ve previously clashed with writer-actor Swanand Kirkire, film critic Anupama Chopra, and journalists who’ve raised concerns about the movie. This recurring pattern of aggressive responses to detractors suggests a reluctance to engage with critical viewpoints.

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Box Office Success Amid Polarised Reactions

Animal has undoubtedly been a box office success, breaking records and becoming one of the most talked-about Bollywood films of recent times. However, its success has also brought about polarising opinions. While some praise its audacity, others criticise its portrayal of toxic masculinity and problematic themes.

Importance of Constructive Criticism in Creative Arts

Constructive criticism is a vital component in the realm of creative arts. However, the responses from the team behind Animal imply a deep reluctance to consider criticism. Their defensive reactions and dismissive tone towards detractors might stem from their overwhelming success, potentially leading to a blind spot hindering their growth and development as creators.

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Creative Market

The controversy surrounding Javed Akhtar’s remarks and the subsequent strong response from the Animal team underscores the complexities of artistic interpretation and the responsibility of filmmakers when handling sensitive subjects. It highlights the significance of open dialogue within the creative sphere for fostering growth and understanding diverse perspectives.