Kabir Singh’s Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga Comes to Film's Defense
Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Kabir Singh has faced harsh criticism, yet has fared well at the box office. The director has opened up about the criticism and gives his two cents on it
Kabir Singh has been the most talked about films of the year so far. Having crossed Rs200 crore at the box office, the film has been termed as one of Shahid Kapoor’s best performances. The film marked the first time Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani were paired together on screen. Upon its opening, Kabir Singh was open to lots of mixed reviews and also came under fire for promoting toxic masculinity and misogynistic views. Many celebrities and members of the film fraternity came to the film’s defence and lauded Shahid’s performance.
And now, the film’s director, Sandeep Vanga has strongly defended the film. In an interview with a journalist, he expressed his surprise at the negative comments that the film has received. "When I started this film, I knew it would be a big success at the box office, but I never thought that the rage would be repeated, and it has multiplied four times now," he said. He went on to call the criticism "bizarre" and "unhealthy".
While the film has already made Rs 218 crore, Sandeep Vanga believes it can cross Rs300 crore. Kabir Singh has emerged as Shahid Kapoor's biggest film in his career. Sandeep was also questioned about the allegations of toxic masculinity and violent treatment of women in the film, to which he responded, "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."
Kabir Singh is the official Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, which starred Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role. Further, Vanga lashed out at the critics who had slammed the film and said, "Probably they never experienced (love) in the right way. It's new to them." He added, "For the Telugu film, people criticised numerous aspects in the film. But here, they were only on the feminist side, they didn’t speak about anything else. They probably hate me," he said.
There is one scene in the film in which Kabir Singh physically assaults his girlfriend Preeti. On this, Vanga said, "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."
Kabir Singh was a hit as soon as it hit screen on June 21 and continues to rake in money at the box office.