‘Kabir Singh’, remake of Sandeep Vanga’s ‘Arjun Reddy’ is a romantic action drama starring Shahid Kapoor as Kabir and Kiara Advani as Preeti. It is a superfluous tale of a surgeon who goes on self-destruction mode for forlorn love which couldn’t manifest in marriage.
Directed by – Sandeep Vanga
Produced by – Murad Khetani, Ashwin Varde
Starring – Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani
Protagonist Kabir played by Shahid Kapoor is a young surgeon who suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). And the entire film is based on his rage issue, which becomes prominent when he falls for his college junior Preeti, who seems to be a victim of Stockholm Syndrome played by Kiara Advani. ‘Damsel in Distress’ Preeti soon responds to “ye meri bandi hain” i.e. Kabir’s love interest in her. However, the relationship does not survive as his girlfriend is forced to marry someone else. Hmm..cliched and boring!!
There’s a popular quote scrolling in social media these days which reads“women are not rehabilitation centers for badly raised men”. This quote applies to this film ‘Kabir Singh’ for sure! But first things first, we don’t understand the need for this film in the first place when ‘Arjun Reddy’ already exists. ‘Kabir Singh’ is a line to line and scene to scene adaptation of ‘Arjun Reddy’, except the language probably, just to attract a larger audience.
Anyhow, the audience (especially women) start getting uncomfortable at the beginning of the film only, where Kapoor is about to rape a woman at gunpoint. And that’s not the end, there are many more such scenes which violate the sanity of the audience. In one scene, Kapoor’s maid breaks a glass and he looks at her in vexation and starts chasing her with the intention to beat her. And there are numerous such scenes which are suggestive of misogyny.
Irrational aggression, violence, threats, drugs, substance abuse, alcohol, chasing women, molesting women, some more chasing women and some more molesting women and that’s about it. This film has left no stone unturned to make women feel uncomfortable throughout. It’s simply Misogyny masquerading as Love!!!
But we understand, it’s a democratic country and there’s freedom of speech. However, that doesn’t mean one should become irresponsible and glorify a filthy psychopath and sympathize with him. The question also lies not only with the director but also with the leading men in Bollywood like Shahid Kapoor, as to when do they plan to become a little responsible with their choice of films?