Shahid Kapoor-Kiara Advani starrer Kabir Singh has been under the scrutiny ever since the movie released. The movie has received heavy criticism from critics, as well as a section of audience for its celebration of male toxicity and misogyny. But the director and stars of the movie have stood by Kabir Singh’s character and his antics.
In a recent interview, Shahid Kapoor compared Kabir Singh with Ranbir Kapoor’s starrer Sanju, pointing out that the movie was equally misogynystic, but was not questioned. This thus made Shahid feel that the criticism over Kabir Singh was slightly misplaced.
"So I frankly felt that the criticism [for Kabir Singh] was a bit misplaced. There have been films in the recent past which had characters exhibiting similar traits but no one really picked on them this way. To be candid, Sanju had a scene where the guy is sitting in front of his wife and saying he has slept with over 300 women. No one picked on it the way they went after Kabir Singh," he told HT.
He was however quick to add, "And this is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Sanju. I thoroughly did, because I didn’t watch it to see how people should be, I watched it to see how that character’s life is. The fact that people loved Kabir Singh has just told me that people watch the film for what it is. We were always honest, right from the very first promo of the film that it’s a fictional account of a very flawed character. There is no protagonist or antagonist in the film. Kabir is the protagonist, he is the antagonist. So all the issues lie within him."
Earlier in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Shahid Kapoor had defended Kabir Singh and also the highly controversial scene of Kabir slapping his girlfriend played by Kiara Advani.
"If Kabir hadn't slapped Preeti (Kiara Advani's character), would everything else that he did be okay? Because he slapped the girl, you feel that is unacceptable and that Kabir Singh is an unacceptable character. We want you to feel this is unacceptable, his behaviour has gone beyond control."
He also stated, "Kabir Singh is the guy who the film is about and he is the guy who's the problem" - the "protagonist" and "antagonist" of the movie."
Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga had spoken about the scene and mentioned that if two lovers cannot slap each other, then he does not feel any emotion there. Meanwhile Arjun Reddy (original Telugu version of Kabir Singh) star Vijay Deverakonda also in his recent interview explained that various people have different point of view towards a situation.
Upon its release ‘Kabir Singh’ was panned by the critics and created a huge uproar. The movie was highly critiqued for celebrating male toxicity and a misogyny. The extreme violence shown by Kabir Singh and normalising that behaviour as passion has irked many feminists of the country. But despite the negative criticism the movie has gone out to earn 200 Crores at the box-office.
‘Kabir Singh’ is the official remake of Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey starrer ‘Arjun Reddy’, which was a Telugu blockbuster when it released in 2017. Both ‘Arjun Reddy’ and ‘Kabir Singh’ have been directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.