Kabir Singh Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga Faces Severe Backlash on Twitter Following His Controversial Comments
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Kabir Singh Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga Faces Severe Backlash on Twitter Following His Controversial Comments

Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism online due to his controversial statements during an interview about his film

Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, despite performing magnificently at the box office, has been surrounded by controversy since its release as many people have perceived the titular character as misogynistic and sexist. However, now the criticism is being directed towards the film’s director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who recently spoke to journalist Anupama Chopra, and defended his film during the interview, stating that “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.”

During the interview, the filmmaker also spoke about a particular scene in the film, in which Kabir Singh slapped Kiara Advani’s character, Preeti: “She slapped him without a reason, at least Kabir had a reason to slap her. 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,” he said.

Many Twitter users were fuming after watching Sandeep’s interview, which was uploaded online on Saturday, 6th July, and shared by Shahid Kapoor with the following caption: "For all those who would want to know the mind behind #kabirsingh.  Sandeep Reddy Vanga in conversation."

Here is how some Twitter users, including some journalists and actors, reacted to Sandeep’s controversial remarks:

“By promoting movies like Kabir Singh and directors like Sandeep Reddy Vanga, we are indulging a highly destructive catharsis that will hurt everyone in its path. It is not art, but abuse of cinema to normalise violence against women.”

“I knew a Kabir Singh in college and I shudder at the thought of revisiting memories from that time of my life, all thanks to him. Didn't think I will muster the energy to put this out but Sandeep Vanga's interview triggered stuff even watching Arjun Reddy for context couldn’t.”

“An ex partner punched me in the eye to the extent that my eyes are of different shapes now. Banged my head against the car window during one fight and twisted my hand that left marks on my forearm. So don’t tell me that physical violence is a form of love. Because it isn’t.”

“What an arrogant sexist prick this man #SandeepReddyVanga is! And insecure as hell. His film is a monstrous hit and yet he is rattled by what critics had to say. And no Mr. Vang’s, you do not call someone fat - that’s rude, offensive, inconsiderate and very politically incorrect.”

“When you question their belief system, I think people get angry” - Sandeep Reddy Vanga. So @imvangasandeep questioning the belief system is a two way street sir and not your exclusive right. Btw many congratulations on your epic BoxOffice success #FCPostmortem"

Kabir Singh has been a massive success at the box office and has collected more than 200 crores so far, which makes it Shahid Kapoor’s biggest solo hit and the second-biggest Bollywood hit in 2019, after Uri: The Surgical Strike. During his interview, Sandeep also said that he knew the film would be a big success but had not anticipated the rage against it. He said the criticism was unhealthy and bizarre. There were also several people who defended Sandeep, including film critics Rajeev Masand and Sucharita Tyagi.

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