Ranbir Kapoor’s upcoming film Animal, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, has been creating a lot of buzz ever since its announcement. The film, which also stars Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna and Tripti Dimri, is said to be a gangster drama with a strong emotional core. However, some netizens have pointed out that the film’s plot seems to be inspired from some of the films that featured Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan in the 2000s.

According to some reports, Animal is expected to centre around the complex relationship of Balbir Singh (Anil Kapoor), and his son, Arjun Singh (Ranbir Kapoor), who is the scion of the business family. He sets out to exact revenge against Viraj Surve (Bobby Deol) after tragedy befalls his father, and pledges to never leave his family, leading to a gruesome gang war.

Some netizens have noticed that this plot is similar to the 2001 film Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love, which starred Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Kapoor, a successful businessman who has a strained relationship with his son Ajay (Akshay Kumar), who wants to start his own business. Ajay falls in love with Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) and marries her against his father’s wishes. Meanwhile, Vijay’s son-in-law Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) plots to take over his fortune and business. Ajay later reconciles with his father and helps him to get back his wealth and dignity⁴.

Some other netizens have also drawn parallels between Animal and the 2006 film Family: Ties of Blood, which also featured Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. In this film, Bachchan played Virendra Sahi, a crime lord who is targeted by a slacker Aryan Bhatia (Kumar), who wants to avenge the death of his brother Shekhar (Aryeman Ramsay), who was killed by Sahi. Aryan kidnaps Sahi’s family and holds them hostage until he surrenders. However, he soon realizes that Sahi is a powerful and ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy him⁵.

Netizens have reacted to these similarities and expressed their opinions on social media. Some of them are:

  • “Bollywood copied Bollywood. Animal is a remake of Ek Rishtaa and Family. Ranbir Kapoor is playing Akshay Kumar’s role. Anil Kapoor is playing Amitabh Bachchan’s role. Bobby Deol is playing Mohnish Bahl’s role. Rashmika Mandanna is playing Karisma Kapoor’s role. Tripti Dimri is playing Juhi Chawla’s role. What a joke!”
  • “I don’t think Animal is inspired from any other film. It is a original story by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. He is a brilliant director who gave us Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh. He knows how to make a powerful and emotional film. Ranbir Kapoor is a great actor who can pull off any role. I am looking forward to watch this film.”
  • “Animal is not a copy of any film. It is a tribute to the films of Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. They are legends of Bollywood who have given us many memorable films. Ranbir Kapoor is a fan of both of them and he is paying homage to them by doing this film. Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol are also amazing actors who will add value to this film. I am excited to see this film.”.

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