Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer drama, Kabir Singh released earlier today. It’s the official remake of the 2017 Telugu hit, Arjun Reddy which was also helmed by Director Sandeep Vanga. The trailer of the film and its Telugu version were clear indicators of the film’s storyline which revolves around an alcoholic surgeon who drowns himself in a self-inflicted hell as he sets off on a self-destructive journey after the girl he loves is forced to marry someone else. Shahid Kapoor is seen pulling off a loud, brash, arrogant guy and is sure to remind you of the actor’s much-appreciated performance as ‘Tommy Singh’ but isn’t as likable as the Udta Punjab character was made to be. The film stars Kiara Advani opposite Shahid who becomes the root cause and the object of his love, desire, and undoing.
The trailer created a lot of buzz when it was launched and sent fans into a frenzy over the on-screen couple’s chemistry and more than that Shahid’s angry young man avatar. Now that the film has released, fans and audience have a lot to say (good and bad) besides the obvious comparison between the remake and original. So, obviously, we brought you some of the janta and critic reviews to help you decide whether ‘Kabir Singh’ should be ‘On’ or ‘Off’ your weekend movie plans!
Take a look:
While @shahidkapoor & @Advani_Kiara have performed their roles extremely well, the film has the ability to irk you with the toxic masculinity. #KabirSingh isn't a man anyone would want to be with. Disappointing!https://t.co/m3fS2ob6vK#KabirSinghReview #ShahidKapoor #KiaraAdvani— Jigar Ganatra (@JigarGanatra_) June 21, 2019
PlZ watch this angry rant man about Kabir singh and arjun reddy.... And mainly in sharing this as a VJD fan.... It's a must watch... He is so on point in the later half of the video.. This is why Bollywood doesn't deserve south directors.. https://t.co/RTnPpAZkTj— unapologeticBai? (@unapologeticRVS) June 21, 2019
Yes I agree. No doubt @shahidkapoor's acting was briliant but the story....? Seriously disappointed! The story should have been better than this toxic masculinity. This type of misogynistic story is not justified. #KabirSingh #KabirSinghReview— Suroj سوراج सूरज ™ (@itsSuroj) June 21, 2019
#KabirSinghReview |— mid-day (@mid_day) June 21, 2019
This official remake of Telugu hit movie #ArjunReddy starring #ShahidKapoor and #KiaraAdvani is a classic case of dystonic excess being palmed off as a heart-deep romance.
Story By: Johnson Thomashttps://t.co/FtJdi3iECa
Guys please Do Not watch #KabirSinghReview it's a story about a chutiya who hits women and they still love him for it, sanka ?banaya hai— Ravi R. Sharma (@ravirsharma) June 21, 2019
Walked out of #KabirSingh in the interval. The worst film I have seen lately. @imvangasandeep should know his piece of art has triggered a tsunami of negative emotions in me as a woman, affecting my mental health.— Priyanka Sharma (@iPriyanka_S) June 20, 2019
#KabirSingh is a must watch movie!!! @shahidkapoor 's best performance so far. Mind blowing.Aur @Advani_Kiara kya baath hai ? An absolutely trippy film. The audience is going to go mad. The background score just compliments everything. Superb Direction by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.— Mukesh Chhabra CSA (@CastingChhabra) June 20, 2019
While there's a lot that's offensive, distasteful and simply wrong in many ways, Shahid Kapoor's attention-grabbing portrayal of the self-destructive, Kabir Singh seems to have impressed his fans nonetheless.
Here's what they have to say:
#KabirSingh : Never seen this much clapping and hooting for a Hindi movie in its first show in Chennai..— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) June 21, 2019
#KabirSinghReview Kabir Singh Will Be Shahid Kapoor's Biggest Solo Hit In His Career. As usual He Is Killing It With His Acting?. No Other Actor Would Have Done Justice To This Role. A Must Watch For A Every Movie Lover @shahidkapoor ? @Advani_Kiara ? pic.twitter.com/UnPwxQcxvo— Rohan DR (@RohanDR55) June 21, 2019
#KabirSinghReview Kabir singh is not violent love. Nobody endorses violence and addiction. The takeaway is to take a lesson.. Be constructive.. Create yourself again.. Those who say that movie is violent, they have not seen it.. @shahidkapoor— Amit kumar (@amit_jsr) June 21, 2019
A rare combination of angst & compassion @shahidkapoor wid b’ful yet strong @Advani_Kiara! A must watch unique love story laced with heartwrenching soulful music #kabirsingh! ??@TSeries @vinodbhanu @itsBhushanKumar @KabirSinghMovie @kumaarofficial detailed review will b folowd— neeru sharma (@nierusharma) June 20, 2019
The Indian film industry has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years. From path-breaking content to unbelievable performances to avant-garde direction techniques. We’re moving forward as content creators and content consumers too. However, a large chunk of the Indian audience inherently still enjoys masala entertainers which is why we have brilliant to average to downright terrible movies fuelled by star power and the massy appeal that turn into box-office successes.
We need such entertainers to make us laugh and have diverse cinematic experience. Which is why Masala entertainers aren’t always a bad thing but they do bring a lot of objectionable and irksome ideas along with minimum to no content value.
Whether you dislike the offensive nature of the content or enjoy it as just another masala film is up to you. But the question remains, does creative liberty outweigh social conscience and objectivity?
Tell us what you thought about the film in the comments below.