Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s debut film in Bollywood Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, has been raking in moolah at the box-office. However, ever since its release, the director has been accused of glorifying misogyny. If that wasn't enough, Sandeep gave a controversial interview to an eminent journalist and went as far as feigning surprise at the negative comments received over Kabir Singh. In fact, when he was asked about the allegations of toxic masculinity the film showcases, he said, “When you are deeply in love and deeply connected to a woman (and vice versa), if you don’t have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don’t see anything there."
Expectedly so, his statement caused an uproar in Bollywood as well as social media, with several B-town celebs calling him out for his 'regressive' take on love. Now, in an interview with a leading channel, Sandeep has claimed that he was “misquoted” as he was only talking about the "liberty of expression" between couples. “Go, watch it and enjoy. If you don't like the film then fine. You took me completely wrong. It's not assault. When you're so close to each other, when you can't handle your worst thing with each other. And you don't have the liberty of showing your worst side..The worst thing is not like 'iss din daaru peeke aake maar rha hai'. It's about the liberty of the expression between a couple who is deeply connected. It works for a woman also and it works for a man also. I spoke for both the sides. But sadly, they are quoting in a very wrong way," he was quoted as saying.
When questioned about “endorsing misogyny and assault on women,” Sandeep defended himself by saying, "When people are deeply connected in love they should not shy away from the fact that they can show their worst side to each other. That's what love is all about, when you can't handle the person in their worst side."
Kabir Singh, Hindi remake of Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey starrer Arjun Reddy, is performing phenomenally well at the box office by entering the Rs 200 crore club within 13 days of its release on June 21.
(Source: Times Now)