Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s highly anticipated film, “Animal,” is poised for release on December 1, accompanied by the unveiling of its trailer today. Early reports on the trailer suggest a terrific and thrilling cinematic experience.
An intriguing aspect that has captured attention is the film’s unprecedented runtime of 3 hours and 21 minutes, marking it as the longest Indian film in recent memory.
To put this in perspective, the last Bollywood film to surpass the three-hour mark was “MS Dhoni” in 2016, featuring the late Sushant Singh Rajput. The film was heavily criticized for its unwanted length but it was a hit because Dhoni was at the peak of his stardom and people were excited to know his story.
But times have changed. People, especially the youth, now like short videos on TikTok and other apps. These quick videos have made our attention spans shorter. Animal which caters mainly to the younger audience has to be really interesting to keep them hooked for over 3 hours.
Complicating matters is the film’s Adults-only certification, a factor that might keep the family audience, known for their patience, away. Vanga’s core audience, however, lies in the youth of today, whose attention spans have been molded by micro-video platforms.
“Animal” thus becomes a double-edged sword, teetering between triumph and risk. If Animal with a run time of 200 minutes and an A certificate still goes on to do well it will be the triumph of Sandeep Reddy Vanga as one of the most daring and uncompromised filmmakers of this generation who breaks the stereotypes and makes his own rules.