Laapataa Ladies’ Surpasses Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Animal’ in Netflix Viewership Within Two Months of Release

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As ‘Laapataa Ladies’ continues to attract attention and praise, it highlights the evolving viewer preferences and the increasing impact of thought-provoking narratives in modern cinema. Directed by Kiran Rao, ‘Laapataa Ladies’ has surpassed Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Animal’ in Netflix viewership within just two months of its release.

Released on Netflix in March 2024, ‘Laapataa Ladies’ achieved a remarkable milestone with 13.8 million views, outpacing ‘Animal,’ which was released on the same platform earlier on January 26, 2024. The news of ‘Laapataa Ladies’ outperforming ‘Animal’ quickly spread among viewers and on social media platforms. One Reddit user expressed excitement about the film’s success, encouraging others to watch the Kiran Rao directorial, noting its popularity in the UK and the positive reception from local audiences. The user praised the film, stating, “It’s become very popular in the UK. All my local friends loved it. They have only watched movies like Bahubali. So proud when they talk about Laapataa Ladies.” Another added, “That’s good. This movie deserves all the attention.”

Produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande, ‘Laapataa Ladies’ is an adaptation of Biplab Goswami’s award-winning novel. The film features actors Sparsh Shrivastava, Pratibha Ranta, Nitanshi Goel, and Ravi Kishan in lead roles and transports viewers to rural India in 2001. It follows the intriguing story of two brides who mysteriously disappear during a train journey, leading to a series of twists and turns as their husbands embark on a search for the real brides.

The film’s success comes amid a public exchange between Kiran Rao and Sandeep Reddy Vanga, director of ‘Animal.’ Rao clarified in an interview with The Quint that her previous comments on misogyny and the portrayal of women in films were general and not aimed at Vanga’s work specifically, as she had not seen his films. In response, Vanga criticized her comments, suggesting a misunderstanding about the intent of his films and stating, “This is entirely wrong,” when discussing the interpretation of his work as promoting negative themes.