Ranbir Kapoor mix of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Kamal Haasan, says Sandeep Reddy Vanga

The director, best known for Vijay Devarakonda-starrer Arjun Reddy, said it was a pleasure to watch Kapoor transform into the total antithesis of himself in the role of Arjun Singh in Animal.
Ranbir Kapoor and  Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Ranbir Kapoor and Sandeep Reddy Vanga

MUMBAI: As an actor, Ranbir Kapoor has no limitations, says filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who believes he has presented the star in a never-seen-before avatar in their upcoming film Animal.

The film revolves around a father and son and their troubled bond, played by Anil Kapoor and Ranbir. It is set against the backdrop of extreme bloodshed in the underworld.

The director, best known for Vijay Devarakonda-starrer Arjun Reddy and its Hindi remake Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor, said it was a pleasure to watch Kapoor transform into the total antithesis of himself in the role of Arjun Singh in Animal.

"Ranbir is a great actor, he is in a different league altogether. He is very original. I feel he is a mix of so many actors, it is wrong to compare to other actors, (But) I feel he is a mix of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Kamal Haasan. This man (Ranbir) has no limitation,” Samdeep told PTI.

"He doesn't get angry like his character (in the film). He is a very calm person. I remember when I used to write rageful scenes, I would ask him so many times, 'Ranbir, when do you get angry?' He would say, 'I don't get angry, and Sandeep this is the 7th or 9th time you are asking me this'."

Sandeep said he was introduced to Ranbir’s work through Rockstar (2011), in which the actor played the role of a musician struggling to find himself, spiritually and artistically. "I saw two shows of Rockstar on the same day. I loved him and I told him about this. I never thought I would get to work with him. As a concept film, this is my second film. I'm glad I got to work with him this early. He had called me saying, 'We should work (together)'. This was after Kabir Singh,” said the director.

"He had actually sent me a text message after Arjun Reddy and I had not seen his message as it came from an unknown number. It was such a mistake. I was so happy when I learnt about it.”

Animal also stars Bobby Deol and Rashmika Mandanna.

Speaking about Bobby Deol, Sandeep said that he was always the first choice for the film.

"He is a great guy. From day one, we had Bobby in mind. I had called him in 2020 or 2021, he was promoting Class of 83. For one of the scenes where he is bare-chested, we shot it in Scotland in minus three degrees. He came, he did the shot,' he added.

Produced by Kumar and Krishan Kumar's T-Series, Murad Khetani's Cine1 Studios and Pranay Reddy Vanga's Bhadrakali Pictures, Animal will release theatrically on December 1 in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

Sandeep is happy with the reception the film's teaser has received and said he is eager to see how the public will react when Animal opens in theatres next month.

"I'm so happy that everybody is liking it. I gave more than three years for this film. It all feels good when people like your work. I think the film will be a blockbuster. It's been a while since there has been a story about father and son,” he said.

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