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Shahid Kapoor defends ‘Kabir Singh’; asks, “No one brought up ‘Baazigar’ when Shah Rukh Khan kills Shilpa Shetty”
‘Kabir Singh’ is one of the biggest hits of this year. As much appreciation, it got at the box office, the film was widely criticized as well. The opinions were widely divided as some were against the toxic masculinity portrayed in the movie. Recently it’s lead actor Shahid Kapoor opened up about his thoughts on the criticism his film received.
Speaking at India Today Conclave, Shahid said, “If you think cinema is an educational institution that you’re taught what you should or should not to do, that’s your choice. Cinema is meant to mirror life. It’s about representing the truth.”
He added that some films are for adults and they can understand what is right or wrong. “It’s an adult film, for adults, who can distinguish between right and wrong. Are you telling me that Mr Bachchan is someone who taught people to be a thief? You know you’re going to watch a movie right, it’s fiction right? I’ve seen situations like this in life. When a couple fights, if a third person views it, they’ll have a different idea. Fundamentally, they’re in love. I’ve seen independent women date simple boys, and vice versa. That’s how life is, it’s unpredictable. Why is there a problem? You choose to take away what you want from the film. That’s what democracy is all about,” reasoned out the actor.
Giving examples of other films, Shahid added, “The film(‘Kabir Singh’) is about a flawed character. Preeti (Kiara Advani) is a stronger character than Kabir. Kabir doesn’t know how to handle himself. Every Kabir needs a Prerti in his life. No one brought up ‘Baazigar’ when SRK kills Shilpa Shetty. No one said anything about putting a commode seat on Sonam Kapoor’s neck in ‘Sanju’. Sab ‘Kabir Singh’ ke peeche kyun pade hain? (why is everyone against ‘Kabir Singh’?)”
‘Kabir Singh’ is the Hindi remake of Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s hit Telugu film ‘Arjun Reddy’. The film starred Kiara Advani opposite Shahid, and despite its enviable run at the box-office, the film was panned by critics for glorifying its flawed male lead.
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