The Shahid Kapoor-Kiara Advani blockbuster Kabir Singh has been criticised by a section of the audience and media alike, who feel the film promotes toxic masculinity. In fact, even Kiara was time and again questioned about playing a ‘submissive, weak’ character in the film. However, in a recent interview, she claimed that she “didn’t look at him (Kabir) as a hero in any manner”.
“He was a flawed person with lots of issues. Plus, for me, it is purely a film and a fictional account. More than anything, it’s just a story between two people,” says Kiara. “In hindsight, I also feel that the film was eventually loved so much because we got really immersed in it while watching, and since everyone got so much into it, we turned them (the characters) into mortal beings and debated on it as if they really existed. But at the end of the day, they are just two characters with their own journey,” she told a leading daily.
However, she cannot deny the fact that the film has been a big breakthrough, adding that she had a “unbelievable” experience in Chandigarh shooting for the film. “There’s no denying that Kabir Singh has been a big breakthrough [for me] and I think I realised it only recently, when I, along with Akshay (Kumar) sir, went to launch the song, Chandigarh in Chandigarh. For the event, around 8,000 people turned up from the Chandigarh University. They had turned it into a concert of sorts. And when both of us went on stage, 8,000 boys and girls started chanting, ‘Preeti, Preeti’, and for the first time I felt, ‘I know that Kabir Singh could be a fabulous movie and it’s done what it has done, and has got a lot of love too but this kind of experience will always be a special feeling," she added.
Work wise, the actress has Laxmmi Bomb, Indoo Ki Jawani, Shershaah and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in the pipeline this year.
(Source: Hindustan Times)