Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh has been receiving flak from most film critics and from a section of the audience. His character in the recently released film, which is based on a hotheaded surgeon, has been slammed for glamourising misogyny and toxic masculinity, with many questioning Shahid’s responsibilities as an actor.
Despite the negative wave, the Sandeep Reddy Vanga-directed film is minting money at the box office and has already made its way to the Rs 100-crore club.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama right after the release of the trailer of Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor had spoken about the criticism that the trailer had received. The actor said that he is unfazed by the criticism.
“I don’t look at my filmography or my work as an actor anymore as individual performance. I have grown over that,” the actor said.
Shahid said, “Jab aap shuru mai aate ho to aapke har performance pe sochte ho abhi log kya bolenge (In the beginning, you are affected by people’s comments on each of your performances). I have been doing this for 15-16 years now. I have done about 30 films. For me, now it is about putting a body of work behind, so that when people see that, they see a variety of work. The larger picture is important.”
“I don’t get affected by ek-dedh mahine ke liye ye jo comments aate hai; that is not important (I don’t get affected by the comments that are bombarded at me for a month or half). Everything will find its meaning, once people will see it in totality (sic),” the Kabir Singh actor said.
Shahid Kapoor, who made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk in 2003, also took the example of his films, saying that his acting has been appreciated in the past.
“Five-seven films later, people talked about my performance in Jab We Met. Now that I have done Haider, Udta [Punjab], Kaminey and now this [Kabir Singh], people say yaar Jab We Met mein waisa tha, aur Kaminey mein usne aisa kiya (People say he was different in Jab We Met, Kaminey),” the actor said.
“So you have to be more mature and understand that people will speak like this, but you have a larger plan in mind. I have a larger picture in my mind and I am working towards that,” he added.
Kabir Singh, which also stars Kiara Advani in the lead role, has earned a total collection of Rs 104.9 crore in five days of its release.
Ananya Bhattacharya gave Kabir Singh 1.5 stars out of 5. She wrote, “Kabir Singh is the same film as Arjun Reddy. It is the same story, the same dialogues and the same characters. So if you have seen Arjun Reddy, you would know that Shahid Kapoor is merely play-acting, trying to do a Vijay Deverakonda. Shahid tries so hard to be Vijay Deverakonda that Kabir Singh loses himself after the first few scenes. So what did Sandeep Reddy Vanga and this entire cast and crew do with Kabir Singh? That’s a question we don’t yet have an answer to.”
“Misogyny is not cool. Neither is Kabir Singh,” she wrote.
Kabir Singh is the Hindi remake of the 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, which stars Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role. Kabir Singh hit the screens on June 21 this year.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies