This year, Kabir Singh seems to be one of the most controversial films in Bollywood. Shahid Kapoor is speeding on the highway to success for his latest film and the actor is proud of it. The film has grossed Rs 200 crore in the domestic market and thanking his fans for showering love on him and the film, Shahid took to his social media account to express gratitude for loving Kabir Singh- the most flawed character he has played so far.
Sharing a video of the box office collection, Shahid wrote alongside: “Your love is so overwhelming words will always fall short. Thank you for understanding him forgiving him and loving him with all your heart. We all fall apart. And we all must strive to rise from our faults. To be better. To be wiser. To be kinder. He is flawed. So are we all. You didn’t judge him you experienced him. You understood him.
I have never ever felt so thankful.
The most flawed character I have ever played. Has become my most loved.
Indeed Indian cinema and the audience has come a long way. More power to brave choices. More power to you all for your maturity and humanness. You have given me wings to fly. To not only be burdened by the need to be loved to be a star but to have the courage to be hated in equal measure to be an actor. Here’s to cinema mirroring life. To protagonists who don’t have to be restricted by their goodness and can be human and imperfect. There is perfection in imperfection and that is the beauty and the challenge of this human life. Thank you. Again and again. You all are the heroes of this story.”
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While the audience saw Kabir Singh as Shahid’s one of the best performances in his career, some scenes proved to be intense and the film was instantly tagged as misogynistic and a film which promoted toxic masculinity.
Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has defended some of the most controversial aspects of Shahid Kapoor-starrer, which has become this year’s latest blockbuster despite negative reviews. He was also asked about the allegations Kabir Singh has received, Vanga 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.” Vanga had previously directed the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy, which was also a major box office success and had attracted similar criticism, albeit on a smaller scale.
(Read Vanga's full interview: Kabir Singh director grills critics; hints at a 'fat guy' who reviewed his film)
Although, some of his statements didn’t seem to go well with the audience which upsurged the radical conclusions amongst them.
Now, Vanga tried to defend himself, while this statement received an uproar from the audience. He claimed that he was ‘misquoted.’ During an interaction with Times Now, he talked about the ‘liberty of expression’ between couples.
He said, “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. "
Besides this, he was also asked to comment on the fact that his film has been criticised for ‘endorsing misogyny and assault on women.’ To this, he replied, "I'm not endorsing that. I can't reply to everybody in this world. 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."
Meanwhile, it seems like Bollywood celebrities have decided to mum their opinions about the on-going conflict. However, Kubra Sait seems to have an alternate opinion about the same.
The Sacred Games actress took to her twitter handle to take a rather rhetorical stand over the controversy. Sharing the video on Twitter, she wrote: “This is what love will look like if men and WOMEN are taught that slapping is being emotional.”
In a slow-mo video, Kubbra and Goldie Behl were seen on a dim-lit terrace, slapping each other with their hands covered in oven mittens.
Check out the video below:
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In another video she shared hours later, Kubbra slaps herself on the face and says, “If you can’t slap yourself, you haven’t really loved yourself.”
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