The movie ‘Kabir Singh’, starring Shahid Kapoor, has being receiving a fresh set of backlash yet again.
Ashwin Kumar, famously known as the ‘TikTok Villain’ for his angry videos, killed three people, including an ex airhostess whom he was obsessed with. The Tik Tok user, who later killed himself, constantly made references to the controversial film on his account. In one such incident, he posted a video repeating the dialogue from the film: ”Jo mera nahi ho sakta, use kisi aur ke hone ka mauka nahi doonga (Who is not mine will not be someone else’s either).”
The film’s director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has now expressed regret over the murder, saying his films -- Kabir Singh and Arjun Reddy -- don’t endorse killing anyone.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga told mid-day, "I feel sorry for the girl and her family. It is unfortunate that people have lost their lives. As filmmakers, we are responsible for our craft and need to consider the repercussions but never have my films endorsed killing anyone. Kabir Singh or even Arjun Reddy (the Telugu original) never supported murder."
Asked about Ashwani Kumar quoting a dialogue from the film in one of his videos, Sandeep Reddy Vanga said, "The man in question seems to have some psychological issue. Such people often look up to Bollywood celebrities, sportspersons or politicians. If you see Shahid's character in the film, he is a self-destructive person, who is harming himself more than anyone else."
Sandeep Reddy Vanga previously defended his film against its critics but ended up creating more controversy when he attempted to justify a scene in which the lead actors, played by Shahid and Kiara Advani, slap each other. In an interview with Film Companion, Mr Vanga said that love meant "the liberty of slapping each other." He later claimed the interview had been edited.
'Johny Dada' or 'Tik Tok Villain,' as Ashwini Kumar was known, was cornered by police in Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh and shot himself on a bus, news agency IANS reported last week. He was wanted for the murders of a local BJP leader's son and nephew, and a young woman who allegedly turned him down.