Bollywood: Kabir Singh review

Alert: Rant plus review actually

Most of you must have already heard about the latest Bollywood movie to make some noise, the Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer Kabir Singh. The movie is a remake of Telugu movie Arjun Reddy that released in 2017 and went on to become a massive success.

Here’s why I’ve an issue with Shahid Kapoor’s choice of Kabir Singh.

( I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I did watch the original Arjun Reddy after watching the trailer of Kabir Singh.)

Shahid Kapoor is good at what he does. Most of us know that. But this time, his choice of script has disappointed me big time. I don’t want to talk about my expectations from you, as there are none, Sir, but I definitely want to believe as a fan that you’re evolving too, as a human being, and as an artist, just like so many of us.

I watched Jab We Met while I was in hostel, during my PG days. We have literally grown up together dude! How old were you then? 26 I believe?

So tell me is it wrong to expect a little more responsibility on your side?

And yet, in 2019, you decided to choose a script that screams of misogyny at a whole new level.

I don’t know how much the director has changed the storyline for Bollywood, but the trailer showed me enough. When you’ve watched Arjun Reddy, you kinda know where it’s heading right?

One argument that many fans are making is that such characters exist in our society. So what’s wrong in having one on screen suddenly?

Yes Sir and Ma’am they do exist. It’s shameful that they do. But do we have to glorify them in 2019? Think again.

Anger is a problem that needs to be dealt with. The violence that follows can and has literally killed people. When you show an angry hero, you cannot give him a happy ending without solving his issues. I mean is it not obvious that his behavior in the outside world absolutely needs intervention?

I wish the writers had also thought of solutions to the problem instead of hero-FYing a character that doesn’t deserve any applause at all! But when you don’t even see something as a problem, why would you look for solutions right?

And that’s what’s wrong with this movie.

As for Shahid, my Jab We Met days are over my love. Thank you for putting one last nail in that coffin!

(Can’t believe how much of my love and thought I have given this guy!)

PS: I shall continue to draw inspiration from Jab We Met. Also, I shall continue to believe that Shahid is an incredible actor, because I don’t even want to see him as Kabir now! I know he’s going to be so convincing.

PSS: As a woman, you might just question yourself when confronting the misogyny in this movie. Please be strong. Try and erase all that you’ve been taught in the name of “love” and “romance.”

That’s how patriarchy has conditioned our brain girls! JUST IMAGINE!

The post was originally written for Instagram. But I believe more people need awareness.

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