*ing: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Suresh Oberoi, Kamini Kaushal, Soham Majumdar
Based on the Telugu remake — Arjun Reddy directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is the Hindi remake by the same director. The good is that there are no major changes in the storyline. This is also the reason why it makes this Hindi version cringe worthy — this love story is dark, twisted and obessessive.
This alone is a reason for all the men (read boys) to love Kabir Singh. Unfortunately, the crudity (chasing women because you have an itch to scratch), the language, the gestures, doing crack, smoking like a chimney, drinking like there is no tomorrow and chase the house help down the stairs because she broke a glass with the intentions of beating her are only some of the things that make you squirm. More so, if you are a woman and abhor a situation where they are objectified or are treated as possession. While some sense of belonging and that someone cares gives you goose bumps, Kabir Singh’s obsession borders on manic. His severe anger issues adds to the obsessiveness.
Also, no love should go in a zone which gives the man the right to hit a woman. We have enough violence against women in real life. Vanga should have been more responsible even if the aim was to show realistic content and depcits the young to a T.
The sad part of this movie is that even though the film shows the protagonist do all these things, there is no way that this will not go down well with the audience. Arjun Reddy was a hit and so will this one be.
Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Singh delivers OTT performance. Kiara (Advani) in her role as meek and mouse like looks pretty. It is good to see Kamini Kaushal whose noteable works include Neecha Nagar (1946) and Nadiya Ke Paar (1948). It is also good to see Suresh Oberoi even though he does look a bit haggard.