Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who shot to fame with the movie ‘Kabir Singh’, has been in news for the controversial statements he made during his interview with film critic Anumapa Chopra. During the interview he said that Kabir Singh 'would not have emotion if a guy cannot slap his girl, or vice-versa'. The director went on to add that people talking ill about the film are the ones who have never experienced love.
“When you are deeply in love and deeply connected to a woman (and vice versa), if you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything there,” he told Chopra.
On Shahid Kapoor’s protagonist physically assaulting Kiara Advani’s character in one of the scenes in the film, Vanga said, “If you can’t slap, if you can’t touch your woman wherever you want, if you can’t kiss, I don’t see emotion there.”
Now, the director has gave a statement in another interview that he was wrongly quoted.
"Go, watch it and enjoy. If you don't like the film then fine. You took me completely wrong. It's not assault. When you're so close to each other, when you can't handle your worst thing with each other. And you don't have the liberty of showing your worst side..The worst thing is not like 'iss din daaru peeke aake maar rha hai'. It's about the liberty of the expression between a couple who is deeply connected. It works for a woman also and it works for a man also. I spoke for both the sides. But sadly, they are quoting in a very wrong way," Sandeep told Times Now in the interview.
Asked about his apparent endorsement of physical violence, Vanga told Times Now, “I’m not endorsing that. I can’t reply to everybody in this world. When people are deeply connected in love they should not shy away from the fact that they can show their worst side to each other. That’s what love is all about, when you can’t handle the person in their worst side.”
Both Kabir Singh and Vanga’s statements in defence of it have been strongly criticised online. Several people took to Twitter after the Film Companion interview to express their disgust at Vanga’s comments. The filmmaker had also called out film critics for panning his film.
But despite the negative criticism, ‘Kabir Singh’ is a box office success, having made Rs 226 crore so far, making it the biggest solo hit of Shahid’s career, the second-biggest Bollywood hit of 2019, behind ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.