While Kabir Singh has become a blockbuster when it comes to box office, the film has been facing flak for its subject. The dominating, abusive and alcoholic character of Kabir Singh is being slammed by many audiences who believe that the love that the role of Shahid Kapoor has been receiving is a way of promoting misogyny. Just recently, Taapsee Pannu too compared the way the audiences received her character of Rumi Bagga from Manmarziyaan and Kabir Singh’s role. Now, Shahid Kapoor, who has maintained silence on the matter by far, has decided to speak up on the same. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama, Shahid reacts to these trolls and accusations related to the Sandeep Vanga.
Speaking on the way some are bashing Kabir Singh for celebrating misogyny, Shahid Kapoor clarified that a character must be viewed from a cinematic viewpoint. He clearly maintained that he decided to speak five weeks after the film’s release because the debate about the film had become aggressive whereas he waited for the storm to cool down so that a healthy discussion can be kicked off in a much calm manner. In this exclusive Bollywood Hungama interview, the actor explained the problem behind Kabir Singh and what was the idea behind making the film. He said, “I have watched movies like the way it should be. I have seen people play parts which have so much negativity and so much grey in them, and yet I walk out blown away by their performances. I would never wonder yeh insaan aisa kyun tha. He is an actor and everyone knows how he is in personal life. Achhe character ko award dete hai aur bure character award diya toh kya example set karenge – awards don’t work like that.”
He further spoke about rumours that he came across which states that a hero and a villain should be portrayed in certain ways. The actor said he was left shocked by that, “Heroes and villains used to be a think of the past. It is all about the protagonist and antagonist in the current generation. In Kabir Singh, the antagonist is Kabir Singh himself. He is his own problem. The one problem he has is anger management. When he gets angry, he messes everything up. Whether it is his girlfriend, family, career, bai [maid], dog or himself, he messes it all up when he loses his temper. It is interesting that the film shows that one thing in extreme can take you down to zero. That’s what the protagonist’s father says in the first line of the film too that ‘your brother is as good as zero’! That’s where the film stars from.”
He added, “So do you think besides slapping Preeti [Kiara Advani] in the film, everything else that Kabir Singh did is acceptable? If it is yes, then let me tell you that, that’s what we want! We want people to think that it is unacceptable and that they do not agree with Kabir Singh. That’s why the entire second half is all about his downfall.” When he was quizzed about people who think that he didn’t suffer enough, Shahid replied, “Who is anybody to decide that? Lot, less, more, that’s a point of view. Many would feel that he should suffer more and if you feel that way, then make a film on it. And we will get a chance to review it. ”