Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani defend Kabir Singh over criticism
Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer, Kabir Singh, is now in its fifth week and still reaping success at the box office. The leading actors have come out to defend the film from criticism
Kiara Advani is currently reaping the success from her recent release, Kabir Singh. The actor who debuted with the 2014 film Fugly, was reinvented when she was cast in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. With time she gained popularity especially with Netflix film, Lust Stories and Kalank. The actress' latest movie Kabir Singh, however, was her biggest hit and collected over INR 250 crores; making it the highest-grossing film of 2019 defeating URI: The Surgical Strike. Kabir Singh also stars Shahid Kapoor and is the official Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film is about a surgeon who gets his heartbroken and spirals towards self-destruction.
A still from Kabir Singh
The team of Kabir Singh however, has not had it easy and has received its fair share of criticism. Within the first days of its release it was slammed for promoting toxic masculinity and being misogynistic. There was also a scene where Kabir Singh slaps Kiara's character Preety which didn't sit well with too many viewers. In a recent interview with Filmfare, the actor defended the film and justified Kabir's character.
Kiara Advani's Take on Kabir Singh:
"Kabir Singh’s obsessed with his love but in a protective way. Kabir is a passionate lover. His love for Preeti is something he just can’t go beyond. What happens then is ruin and self-destruction. Every person, who’s been in love and gone through heartbreak, has dealt with craziness. You go through depression, you don’t want to get out of bed, you feel at your lowest… if you’ve ever loved someone so deeply. I haven’t experienced such a level of heartbreak. But yes, I’ve suffered heartbreak. If I had someone, who loved me as passionately as Kabir Singh, then maybe I’d still have been with him,” Kiara said.
Shahid Kapoor's Defense:
Similarly, Shahid Kapoor too opened up in a recent interview and justified his film. The actor started off by saying that the audiences always have a choice whether or not to watch a film depending on the trailer. He also said that people make films a weekend conversation but for the actors, each film means a year of their life. He added that people can always agree to disagree and not be aggressive.
When talking about his character, Shahid Kapoor said that he knew Kabir Singh was a flawed character. "Actually Kabir has only one problem, there is nothing else wrong with Kabir. He has an anger management issue. When he gets angry, he messes everything up, whether it is the love of his life, his family, himself... Whenever he loses his temper, he messes everything up. Otherwise, there is a lot of great qualities about the character. It is great to make a film about a character and to share with people that one thing in extreme will take you down to zero," Shahid said.
Kabul Singh is now in its fifth week and is still reaping in success at the box office. The film made headlines continuously for obvious reasons. The film has accumulated 260 crores in 31 days and continues to bring in more success despite it being leaked online by a notorious piracy website. After its release, many celebrities and prominent members of the film fraternity came out in support of the film, its cast and the filmmakers. Shahid Kapoor’s brother too took to social media to respond to netizens who were slamming the film and Shahid Kapoor.
Shahid Kapoor too had earlier taken to social media to thank those fans who understood the film and Kabir Singh’s character. “Your love is so overwhelming words will always fall short. Thank you for understanding him forgiving him and loving him with all your heart. We all fall apart. And we all must strive to rise from our faults. To be better. To be wiser. To be kinder. He is flawed. So are we all. You didn’t judge him you experienced him. You understood him. I have never ever felt so thankful,” he penned in a note.