When is Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal releasing on Netflix?

Animal Netflix release date

Animal is Ranbir Kapoor’s biggest career movie so far; it superseded Rockstar, which earned him fame and glory. Animal was released on December 1, 2023, and created an instant buzz on social media.

Viewers and critics widely praise it, and it has some of the best scenes. The movie was able to collect 917 Crore (INR), which is equivalent to $110 million.

Almost all of us have watched Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal, but here is the good news for those waiting for the movie to land on an OTT platform.

When is Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal coming to Netflix?

Animal was released in theaters on December 1, 2023, and was an instant hit. The movie is still in theaters, which makes it difficult to predict its OTT release date.

However, rumors were circulating on social media about a possible Animal Netflix release date. The rumors were later confirmed by Times of India and other news outlets that Animal will be released on Netflix on Republic Day, January 26, 2024.

However, there is a catch! The Netflix version of Animal will have an 8-minute extension, initially removed from the film by the Central Board of Film Certification.

The movie’s director has to follow CBFC’s guidelines to release a film in Indian theaters, but OTT is exempted from these rules, and we will enjoy an extended version of Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal on Netflix on January 26, 2024.

There is a catch!

Upon inquiring about the movie from Netflix’s customer support, they said they knew nothing about Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal coming to Netflix.

We repeatedly asked them about the film, but the reply was the same. Here are the screenshots of one of our team members’ conversations with them.

Here are the screenshots

It looks like Netflix’s customer support has no idea about what is coming and leaving from Netflix. We don’t blame them because it is difficult to keep a record of every film leaving and arriving on the streaming giant.

But it’s Netflix! They should have something like that, and in our conversation with Netflix customer support, she asked our team member to wait and replied back after a minute or two. It looked like she closed our tab switch to some kind of internal search engine and searched for Animal releasing on Netflix, but she couldn’t find anything.

She was so naive in recommending the Animal Docuseries (2022) and then the 2016 Animal movie, which made us laugh.

To double-check, we went to Netflix’s official website, which has all the announcements and blogs, to find Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal on Netflix. But it looks like Netflix hasn’t announced a release date for Animal, and it will be a surprise, or will it?

Whatever it is, we are going with the rumor/ unofficial news of Animal coming to Netflix on Friday, January 26, 2024, because we want to stream the movie one more time in HD/4K quality (with the 8-minute edition). We want to see Ranbir and Bobby go shirtless again and beat the hell out of each other.

Animal (2023) Trailer

Why is Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal so popular?

The film showed a strong bond between a son and a father. Anil Kapoor plays the father’s role (Balbir Sing), and his son is Ranbir Kapoor (Ranvijay Singh). We don’t want to spoil the story for those eagerly waiting to stream Animal on Netflix, so we will keep the story short.

Babir is a super-rich businessman who is super busy with his own stuff and can’t find time for his family, especially for his son, who looks forward to his father as Superman. There is an iconic scene where the son, Ranvijay, asks his father, Balvir, to redo the scene of his birthday. He asked him to recall that day when all his friends were attending Micheal Jackson’s concert, and he ditched them because it was his father’s birthday.

He made his father redo the scene, but this time, the roles will be opposite. Ranvijay will be the father, and Balvir will be the son, asking his father (who is busy looking at messages and calls) about his birthday celebration.

The entry of Bobby Deol in the movie is also an iconic scene. Bobby played the role of the villain (Abrar Haque), who is attending his own wedding ceremony. In the scene, he is dancing and looks happy after seeing his bride. His dance with a wine glass on his head is mimicked by many individuals, including some of the biggest superstars in Hindi cinema, Salman Khan, Dharmendra, etc.

The climax of the movie is also an end you won’t expect to see in a Hindi movie. This makes it a different Bollywood film, with a different story and a climax totally opposite to what we are used to seeing in Hindi films. (We don’t want to spoil it).

The director of the film, Sandeep Reddy, did an outstanding job in every department. He pushed every actor to their limit and brought out the best in them, us, and the film.

The Stroy

Ranbir Kapoor stars as Vijay, the sole heir to a prosperous family, in the Hindi cinema epic Animal. Vijay’s life unfolds in the shadows of his father, Balbir Singh (Anil Kapoor), a man deeply absorbed in his steel business.

The narrative of Animal weaves through various periods of Vijay’s life, from his youth to his later years, illustrating how his deep-seated need for love and recognition spirals into a series of violent events. His internal conflicts serve as a backdrop for numerous bloody confrontations, with one notable scene where Vijay single-handedly takes down hundreds of thugs in an effort to defend his father.

The film attempts to shock with its brash and excessive violence, yet the action scenes lack originality and impact, coming across as a lackluster imitation of classics like The Godfather or Scarface.

The Cast of Animal

Animal has a star-studded cast with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. Here are the popular cast members of Animal.

  1. Ranbir Kapoor as Ranvijay Singh Vijay / Ahmad Ibn Umar as young Vijay / Aziz Haque, known for Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Sanju.
  2. Anil Kapoor in a dual role as Balbir Singh / Kailash Petkar, famous for Slumdog Millionaire, Dil Dhadakne Do, Race.
  3. Bobby Deol as Abrar Haque, notable in Soldier, Race 3, Badal.
  4. Leon Ung as young Abrar.
  5. Rashmika Mandanna as Geetanjali Gitu Singh, Vijay’s wife, known for Kirik Party, Geetha Govindam, Dear Comrade.
  6. Diyara Valecha as young Geetanjali.
  7. Triptii Dimri as Zoya, known for Laila Majnu, Bulbbul.
  8. Charu Shankar as Jyoti Singh, Balbir’s wife, and Reet, Vijay and Roop’s mother.
  9. Babloo Prithiveeraj as Asrar Haque, Abrar’s brother.
  10. Shakti Kapoor as PK Mishra, COO of Swastik Steels Corp, known for Raja Babu, Andaz Apna Apna.
  11. Prem Chopra as Dalbir Dodamal Singh Bade Daji, Rajdheer’s elder brother, recognized for Bobby, Do Anjaane.
  12. Madhu Raja as Rani Kaur Beeji, Dalbir Singh’s wife.
  13. Suresh Oberoi as Rajdheer Dodamal Singh Dadaji, Vijay’s grandfather and Balbir’s father, known for Mirch Masala, Karma.
  14. Saurabh Sachdeva as Abid Haque, Abrar’s brother.
  15. Others

Animal release date

The film was released on December 1, 2023, in theaters, and its popularity spread like wildfire. It has a 6.8/10 rating on IMDB, 4.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and 33 out of 100 on Metacritic. The film deserves better ratings, and maybe the manly character of Vijay and his submissive wife and girlfriend is the reason behind the low scores.

We would give Animal an 8/10 rating.

The film has been nominated for 10 Filmfare Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (Anil Kapoor), Best Supporting Actor (Bobby Deol), Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Playback Singer (Arijit Singh), Best Music Album and Best Lyrics.

What are the critics saying about the movie?

Animal received mixed reviews. International critics gave it one star out of five, but some liked the story.

Monika Rawal Kukreja from the Hindustan Times described the movie as a “massy, entertaining, and extremely violent thriller” that doesn’t adhere to typical norms. However, she noted that the level of violence might not appeal to everyone.

Abhimanyu Mathur from DNA India gave the film a 3.5/5 rating, commenting that “Animal” amplifies its problematic aspects substantially. He found it to be the most violent Hindi movie he’s seen, with inherent toxic and misogynistic undertones. Despite these issues, he acknowledged that the film is well-made and entertaining, with Ranbir Kapoor delivering an impressive performance.

On the other hand, Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India rated the film 2.5/5, describing it as “all style but lacking in depth” and a derailed family drama. She criticized the film’s portrayal of women and violence but commended Ranbir Kapoor for his compelling sex appeal and intensity. India Today’s Anvita Singh rated it 2/5, summarizing it as a problematic film with a thin plot, although she highlighted Ranbir Kapoor’s outstanding performance.

Overall, the film received mixed reviews; some liked it, but some criticized the violence and imbalance story. It is like Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which is not for everyone!


Is Animal coming to Netflix?

Yes, Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal will be released on Netflix on January 26, 2024. The movie will be available globally on Netflix.

When is Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal coming to Netflix USA?

There is no word for Animal’s release date on American Netflix, but we are anticipating it will be released on January 26, 2023, in India.

What is the genre of Animal film?

The film is in the action, crime, and drama genre.

Can I watch Animal on Amazon Prime?

Sorry for Prime Video customers. Animal will be available exclusively on Netflix in India and globally. We will update this blog if there is an Animal release date announced for Prime Video.

Who is the director of Animal?

Sandeep Reddy directs the film. Sandeep started his career by directing Telugu films. His recent work in Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh and ¬†Vijay Deverakonda’s Arjun Reddy made him one of the biggest directors in India.

Who are the producers?

The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Pranay Reddy Vanga, Krishan Kumar, and Murad Khetani.

Which songs of the film are popular?

The film has some of the best songs of 2023. Bobby Deal’s entry song, Jamal Kudu, is often heard at events and in the streets. The second most popular song of the film is by B Praak, Saari Duniya Jalaa Denge,¬†followed by Vishal Mishra’s Pehle Bhi Main. The list also includes our favorite tune by A.R. Rahman.

Wrap Up

Animal is a different type of Bollywood film with an engaging story and amazing characters. You won’t get the love angel, which is probably the bread and butter of every Bollywood film, but we can promise you that you will enjoy it.

The film is coming to Netflix this Friday, January 26, 2024, Republic Day in India. Ask your friends to gather at your place because it is time to watch Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal on Netflix.

Written by Mickel Clark

Mickel is a streaming aficionado who loves nothing more than to pen down his thoughts about the movies, anime and TV shows he has watched and likes sharing hacks on how to stream them online.