It has been more than a month since the release of Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. Although the film is raking in moolah at the box-office, it has been criticised for being mysognystic and violent towards women. Although Shahid's brother Ishaan Khatter defended the film followed by the film's director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Shahid himself kept mum on the entire fiasco. Not to forget, Sandeep was bashed for his justification on the infamous slap scene from Kabir Singh. Now finally, in an interaction with an entertainment portal, Shahid finally defended the film and revealed that the intent of Kabir Singh was to make the audience realise that the behaviour of his character has gone out of control.
"If Kabir hadn't slapped Preeti (Kiara Advani's character), would everything else that he did be okay? Because he slapped the girl, you feel that is unacceptable and that Kabir Singh is an unacceptable character. We want you to feel this is unacceptable, his behaviour has gone beyond control," he was quoted as saying. Shahid added, "Kabir Singh is the guy who the film is about and he is the guy who's the problem" - the "protagonist" and "antagonist" of the movie." Revealing that he spoke up so late as he felt everyone was very aggressive, Shahid stated, "I didn't want to come out attacking anybody. I didn't want to come out defending a film. I wanted to speak about a film like a film should be spoken about. It's interesting to see people, who make weekend conversation over it, seem to feel so much more of a sense of ownership on the film than those people who actually spent a year making it."
Last but not the least, he addressed the allegations of misogyny associated with the film and said that Kabir Singh's problem was his anger. "This word, misogyny was often used for the film. Misogyny, I think, means prejudice towards women, But Kabir Singh had a problem with everyone. He had a problem with his father, his brother, he abuses everyone. He has a problem with his friends, his principal…just everyone. How does he have a problem towards women? I felt he was behaving badly with everyone," Shahid signed off by saying.
Kabir Singh, a Hindi remake of Sandeep's Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy which starred Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey in lead roles, released on June 21.
(Source: Bollywood Hungama)