Falling victim to the current obsession with click-baiting, Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda has been misquoted in sections of the media where he is heard vehemently opposing the idea of watching Kabir Singh, the Hindi remake of Deverakonda’s Arjun Reddy. Says Vijay, “I never said, ‘Why should I see Kabir Singh?’ I said, ‘I didn’t want watch because it is a story that I’ve done and I know. I’ve lived with it for two years. Nothing for me to watch. I just wanted my friend Sandeep Vanga’s film to be a massive blockbuster, and it is. So done.’ These were my words. They have been torn out of context twisted and contorted to make me sound arrogant.”
Vijay is currently promoting his new film Dear Comrade which opens on July 26. It’s being dubbed into several South Indian languages. But not in Hindi.
Vijay explains, “It is a story that lends itself effectively to the South Indian culture and ethos. There was a proposal to dub it into Hindi. But I shot it down. I’d like to reach out to the Hindi-speaking audience. But not with this one (Dear Comrade). The subject and the cultural references have to be right.”
The actor who catapulted to superstardom with Arjun Reddy has had an unbroken string of hits since then, says he is not happy being asked about the kissing sequences in Dear Comrade. “Firstly, why are they called lip-locks? It makes the experience sound so clinical and emotionless. A kiss is an expression of love, just as tears are an expression of unhappiness and dancing is an expression of joy. Nobody asks how many times I dance or cry in Dear Comrade. Why question the kissing?”