The cinematic universe created by director Sandeep Reddy Vanga is gearing up for a groundbreaking crossover as Shahid Kapoor hints at the possibility of a Ranvijay-Kabir Singh union in the upcoming sequel, 'Animal Park.' Both 'Animal' and 'Kabir Singh' have carved their places in the A-certified film category, showcasing intense narratives that sparked thrill among audiences.
Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, known for his debut film 'Arjun Reddy,' made an impactful entry into Bollywood with the blockbuster remaking of the same film as 'Kabir Singh' in 2019, starring Shahid Kapoor. The success continued with 'Animal' in 2023, featuring Ranbir Kapoor in a role that stirred controversy but sparked crucial conversations about toxic masculinity.
'Animal' not only shattered box office records, grossing over ₹917.76 crores worldwide, but also sparked discussions on societal issues, particularly toxic masculinity. Ranbir Kapoor, who portrayed the lead character Vijay in the film, expressed his satisfaction in triggering a healthy conversation within society. He emphasized the importance of cinema in initiating dialogues on right and wrong, asserting that films can serve as a mirror reflecting societal realities.
Shahid Kapoor on Kabir-Vijay crossover in ‘Animal Park’
With 'Animal Park' on the horizon, fans are eagerly anticipating the sequel's darker, more complex narrative. Shahid Kapoor, in an interview with Bollywood Bubble, expressed his excitement about the potential crossover between Ranvijay and Kabir Singh characters. However, he acknowledged the challenges of merging two distinct cinematic universes, emphasizing the differences in the characters' worlds.
While acknowledging the enthusiasm such a crossover would generate, Shahid Kapoor raised practical considerations about the collaboration, including the complexities of blending the unique narratives of both characters. He pondered on aspects such as the script, the creative team behind the crossover, and the timing of such an ambitious project.
‘Animal triggered healthy conversation in society,’ says Ranbir Kapoor:
Ranbir Kapoor, reflecting on the success of 'Animal,' highlighted the film's positive impact on societal conversations. The actor emphasized the film's role in shedding light on toxic masculinity, stating, "There is a very healthy conversation that has started about toxic masculinity also, which is a great thing because cinema, at least, it starts a conversation. If something is wrong, if you don’t show that it is wrong, and unless conversation starts in the society, we will never realise it.”
He continued, “So the roles we are playing, those are characters. It is very important that as actors, we have empathy for them because we need to play it. But as an audience, you should decide what’s wrong. You can make a film on the wrong person and it should be made. Because if you don’t make a film on them, society will never improve.” Bobby supported Ranbir’s opinion and added, “Storytelling is the reflection of society. It’s showing you what is happening in the society and there are so many things we don’t want to talk about.”
Interesting Insights into 'ANIMAL PARK' & Ranbir Kapoor's Revelations:
During a conversation with actor Anubhav Sinha for Netflix India, Ranbir Kapoor shared intriguing details about the making of 'Animal' and the upcoming sequel, 'Animal Park.' He revealed that 'Animal's' story was shrouded in secrecy during its production, with even co-stars Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol having limited knowledge about the plot.
Looking ahead to 'Animal Park,' Ranbir Kapoor disclosed, "He (Sandeep) has one or two scenes ready, which he narrated to me, and they are very exciting. Now, because of the success of part one, he has the confidence and courage to go even darker deeper, and more complex. He can do anything."
The sequel, 'Animal Park,' is expected to delve into the clash between Ranbir Kapoor's character, Ranvijay, and his doppelganger, exploring the complexities of his relationships with his wife and son. The narrative is set to continue the domestic feud between the protagonist and his wife Geetanjali, offering a deeper and more intricate exploration of the characters introduced in the first film.
As per a report by Mid Day, the sequel will focus on Aziz's revenge story and how Vijay tackles his doppelganger. Ranbir Kapoor's dual portrayal is anticipated to create a compelling clash, taking the story to darker and more complex territories. The highly secretive approach that director Sandeep Reddy Vanga maintained with 'Animal' is expected to continue with 'Animal Park,' adding an air of unpredictability to the narrative.
With 'Animal' leaving audiences intrigued and 'Animal Park' promising a deeper and more complex narrative, fans are eagerly awaiting the film's production, slated to commence in 2025. The success of 'Animal' on both the big screen and OTT platforms has heightened expectations for the sequel, and viewers are prepared for another cinematic spectacle that challenges norms and sparks important conversations.
As 'Animal Park gears up to enter production, the anticipation surrounding the clash between Ranbir Kapoor's characters and the unveiling of new plot twists continues to build. Fans worldwide are ready to immerse themselves in the darker, more intricate world that 'Animal Park' is poised to deliver.
In the evolving landscape of Bollywood, where narratives go beyond conventional boundaries, 'Animal Park' stands as a testament to the industry's commitment to exploring complex and thought-provoking themes. As the countdown begins for the sequel, the cinematic universe crafted by Sandeep Reddy Vanga promises to push boundaries and redefine storytelling once again.