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Animal OTT Debut Fails to Deliver Promised Extended Cut

The highly anticipated Bollywood flick, Animal, has finally hit the screens of Netflix, marking its digital debut across major Indian languages. However, the excitement surrounding the release has been dampened by the absence of the much-hyped extended version promised by director Sandeep Reddy Vanga.

Originally touted to feature unseen footage exclusively on the OTT platform, Animal’s online premiere presented fans with the same theatrical version, leaving many disheartened. Despite director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s assurances of an extended cut, viewers were dismayed to find that the runtime remained unchanged, standing at 3 hours and 24 minutes, identical to its theatrical counterpart.

One of the major disappointments stemmed from the absence of a pivotal scene involving a kiss between lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Bobby Deol, as teased by Vanga in earlier interviews. The climactic showdown on the airstrip, which was anticipated to include the emotional moment, fell short of expectations, failing to materialize as promised.

Announcement for OTT release of Animal on Netflix

In an interview with Galatta Plus, Vanga had hinted at the inclusion of a heartfelt exchange between Kapoor and Deol, where the latter would express remorse over his relationship with his father. However, the anticipated kiss, which was meant to add depth to the scene, was ultimately omitted from the final cut, much to the chagrin of eager fans.

Social media platforms buzzed with disappointment as users expressed their frustrations over the missing extended cut. Many took to X (formerly Twitter) to voice their discontent, highlighting the disparity between expectations and reality. Some users lamented the absence of the extended version, labeling it a “scam” and questioning the discrepancies in the runtime advertised prior to release.

Animal, boasting a star-studded cast including Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and others, had garnered significant attention leading up to its digital premiere. Produced jointly by T-Series and Bhadrakali Pictures, the film was accompanied by a compelling score courtesy of Harshavardhan Rameshwar.

As disappointed fans come to terms with the underwhelming OTT debut of Animal, questions linger regarding the disparity between promised content and the final product. Despite the fervent anticipation surrounding its release, the film’s failure to deliver on its extended cut promises serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of cinematic expectations in the digital age.

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