The publicity machinery is probably going overboard whipping up expectations around Shahid Kapoor’s presence in Kabir Singh, the Hindi remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. The story is of a raging alcoholic who happens to be a doctor as well.
The latest salvo is a news report claiming that the Baahubali star Prabhas has praised Arjun’s ‘Kabir Singh’ act. An improbable eventuality, considering Prabhas is a prominent star from the Telugu film fraternity and would not praise the Hindi remake over the Telugu original.
A source close to Prabhas says the Superstar’s praise for Kabir Singh sounds manufactured.
“It is not probable that Prabhas would say the remake looks better than the original. When and where did he say that? To whom? The report quotes Prabhas’ hairstylist as saying that he heard Prabhas praising Shahid Kapoor on the phone and he even heard Prabhas saying that Kabir Singh looks better than Arjun Reddy. Firstly it is extremely unethical to eavesdrop on a private conversation between two individuals (in this case, Prabhas and Shahid) and then put it on a public platform as news. Secondly, did this telephonic conversation between Shahid and Prabhas really happen? Who knows! Thirdly, why are the makers of Kabir Singh encouraging comparisons with the original?” wonders the source.
Interestingly Vijay Devarakonda who played Arjun Reddy and became an iconic star after its release has been going all-out to praise the remake, as its director Sandeep Vanga also directed the original film. Vijay and Sandeep are close friends and Vijay is showing all solidarity with the remake for Sandeep’s sake.