Kabir Singh is a story about a jilted lover, who does wrong things and due to his arrogance, psyche problems the anti-hero goes into a self-destructive mode. The movie starts with the same perspective where the main lead of the film narrates his own story. Yes, his own autobiography. So, why wouldn’t he explicitly try to portray himself as a hero? Whatever he does is justified in the movie from his perspective. But some self-appointed intellects do not care to think that way. The doesn’t try to boast substance abuse or the abusive relationship. It reflects society. We’ve all seen how intelligent students get away by doing crimes, and his miscreations are passed off as slight mischiefs. Their bad habits are discounted. Similar things are shown from the perspective of the main lead
He is deeply flawed with his ethics. He operates people in an inebriated state, shouts at her colleagues, lose temper on small things and doesn’t care about anyone caring about him. He romanticizes with his loneliness and a dog to whom he lovingly addresses as Preeti (his betrothed). It’s a film that edges on such violent and psycho lovers. But the liberal brigade, who mostly remain shut and in their burrows have panned the movie and taken on the filmmaker and stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani.
Kabir Singh is a remake of Telugu’s blockbuster hit Arjun Reddy. The titular role was portrayed by Vijay Deverakonda, who got rave reviews for his immaculate and eccentric performance. He was well supported by Shalini Pandey aka Preethi Shetty. There was a lot of violence and kissing scenes in the film. The powerful acts and youthful story gripped boys and girls equally. Almost all the reviewers, newspapers and news channels stoked the movie as a game changer.
However, the remake in Hindi has scripted the same story with a twist of feminists and other activists disliking the film to a level of calling it toxic and preaching misogyny.
There are certain scenes in the movie which make you feel uneasy and unpleasant. But at the end of the day, one needs to understand it is just a film. Taking your frustration out on a love story where the girl is submissive and slaps the boy too (forgotten unequivocally by critics) is plain stupidity. It’s derailing the crimes like rapes happening in India. No one is saying that people should support a character like Kabir or Arjun. But finding everything wrong in audiences and the makers who drove inspiration from society is a huge concern. It is a clear attack on freedom of expression.
Besides, hypocrisy is much in the arguments that the film by Sandeep Vanga Reddy insults women outrightly knowingly. These are the same people who openly watch shows and movies like Games of Thrones, The Wolf of Wall Street, Mirzapur, Sacred Games, Raees and hundreds of others which have been a huge hit. They all glorified gangsters and objectified women like no other.
I will conclude by saying, let’s the people decide in a democracy what should work and what should not. If they wish to live in the dystopian world, without harming anyone, then let it sink in. Everyone is in control of their own lives. Do not try to set the agenda and put your thoughts in others brain forcefully just because you have the platform. The latest film starring Ayushmann Khurrana Article 15, directed by Anubhav Sinha has also set the sentiments of people on fire by creating a divide between intellectual and masses. Everyone has a say, but it should be practiced around the purveyor of limits.
PS:- Girls and women of all ages have admired both Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh. Keep your mind at home as others would suggest for a mindless comedy. Don’t take it on the heart. There are million other problems which require our attention. Good luck.