Kabir Singh: Shahid Kapoor Opens Up About Toxic Masculinity And Movie Trailer
Kabir Singh trailer just released and has already found the likings of the fans across the country. Starring Shahid Kapoor in the titular role, Kabir Singh is Hindi remake of Telugu hit, Arjun Reddy. Ace director Sandeep Reddy Vanga who has directed the original is also the man behind Kabir Singh.
The Telugu movie became an instant hit since the day of its release in 2017. But many had criticized the movie for its glorification of toxic masculinity and using anger as a tool to justify the main character’s abuse of women and people he’s associated with.
On the day of the trailer release, Sandeep Reddy was asked if these criticisms were in his head before he started working on the Hindi film, he said, “Anger is a very special quality. There is nothing wrong with using anger as a tool. It can be used in any way an individual wants. I don’t think the opinion of critics, what they mentioned during the Telugu film (was) playing in the back of my mind.”
When asked the same question to Shahid, he said, “We are very hypocritical about how we tend to look at cinema made in India. We then watch things made internationally and praise them for the fact that they are so honest, straight and not trying to be politically correct all the time. Cinema is meant to showcase different people. It’s not about wonderful, perfect people. I think we all are imperfect in our own way. We all have grey areas within ourselves; we go through good and bad phases.”
Shahid shared how everyone has been angry, hurt and negative at some point. “To me, watching a film like ‘Kabir Singh’ will help understand that when you allow yourself to be affected by those things, it can take you on the path of destruction. It can warn you from going in that route. He further added, “For people who might’ve been there, it can be therapeutic. Cinema acts as a medicine. If you see something you relate to, it helps you have the catharsis of sorts.”
The actor shared how Kabir Singh is a cathartic film for him. “It makes you honestly go through that journey of a man, without trying to sugar coat it, because then that’s being manipulative. Sandeep has made an honest film and people should watch it knowing that.” “If people only want to come and see people going ‘hey hey ha ha’ then cinema won’t go far. We need to be able to make real films.”
Shahid was then asked about the treatment of aggression in the original and if the makers avoided it in the remake, he answered the interpretation of films with evolving times cannot “always show the right thing”. “I did ‘Jab We Met’. Who was the aggressive character in the film? I played the submissive character. In ‘Padmaavat’, I was playing a much quieter character and now I’ve done ‘Kabir Singh’ where I am playing an aggressing character.”
The movie features Kiara Advani as the female lead and hits the theatres on June 21.