The teaser of Kabir Singh, nee Arjun Reddy, is out. There is both good news and bad news. The bad news is that Shahid Kapoor seems to be simply echoing the decadent debauched vulgar hedonistic moves of Vijay Devarakonda from the original Telugu film.
The good news is that Shahid Kapoor is good at doing a Vijay Devarakonda. Although why an actor as skilled as Kapoor would want to just walk on the footprints of another actor, beats me. But then things haven’t exactly been going gung-ho for Shahid’s career. His last outing as Deepika Padukone’s royal husband in Padmaavat found him as miscast as Shakti Kapoor would be as Mahatma Gandhi.
In Kabir Singh Shahid doesn’t seem miscast, he is mess-cast. To play a man as messed up as Arjun Reddy/Kabir Singh you’ve got to have balls of steel. Shahid seems more than up to the task. But I kept seeing Devarakonda in every shot of the teaser including the one where Kiara Advani (playing the timid, docile, petrified girl whom Reddy/Singh loves to death) gets a prudish peck on the cheek from this out-of-control rudderless sozzled surgeon who enters the OT dead drunk and kills a man on the table.
Do we really need an encore of this despicable man’s life story? We loved Arjun Reddy for its freshness, for its raw wickedness and sense of inverted morality. The same route taken again seems exhausting.
For me, Arjun Reddy by any other name is Arjun Reddy. And to imagine any other actor except Vijay Deverakonda going down that decadent route is as impractical as some other actor playing Dilip Kumar’s role in Mughal-e-Azam, Rajesh Khanna in Anand or Amitabh Bachchan in Deewaar.
By the way Anand was offered to Shashi Kapoor and Kishore Kumar first. And Deewaar was originally planned with Rajesh Khanna. And yes, Kabir Singh was also offered to Arjun Kapoor.
Suddenly I like Shahid’s Arjun Reddy a lot more.