Animal roars at the Aussie box office

Captivating audiences across borders, ANIMAL, a Hindi language film from India, has become a global phenomenon, dominating Australian and international box office charts since its global launch on December 1.

In Australia alone, ANIMAL has proven to be a roaring success, raking in an impressive 4.27 million AUD to date across 112 screens.

Directed by the Sydney-trained Sandeep Reddy Vanga, hailed as India’s ‘hottest’ director, ANIMAL has stirred controversy for its exploration of toxic masculinity—a theme previously examined in Vanga’s first film, KABIR SINGH, one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of all time. Running at an almost unprecedented 201 minutes, ANIMAL delves into the intricate dynamics of the relationship between Vijay Singh (Ranbir Kapoor) and his emotionally distant father, Balbir Singh (Anil Kapoor), culminating in a riveting portrayal of rabid transformation and uncontrollable violence.

Pritesh Raniga, CEO of Forum Films, expressed enthusiasm about the success of ANIMAL, stating, “The box office results we’ve enjoyed in Australia mean we are now placed to distribute and invest in ANZ stories related to India.” He further added that Forum Films has recently invested in the development and production of several Australian films, with monetary support from Screen Australia, Screen NSW, and others.

The Australia India Film Council’s Chair, Anupam Sharma, highlighted the significance of distribution companies like Forum Films, emphasizing that their success ensures Indian cinema becomes a strong part of Australian sub-culture. Sharma hopes this will lead to greater fostering of Australian talent of Indian origin and increased acceptance by major industry guilds.

This vital synergy between the two countries was recently acknowledged through a co-production treaty that Australia ratified with India on November 20. Currently, over sixty million dollars worth of Australian screen content has a strong Indian connection, with all associated projects receiving production or development investment from Federal and State film bodies. India has also announced major subsidies for international films, including Australian films to be shot in India. The success of ANIMAL marks a significant chapter in the growing collaboration between the Australian and Indian film industries.

ANIMAL is showing in Australian cinemas right now.

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