Shahid Kapoor’s latest release Kabir Singh has finally found solace after being criticized by the audience as well as Bollywood stars. It was one of the most controversial films in 2019 which earned itself a title of glorifying toxic masculinity and being a ‘Misogynist’ film.
While the debate was about to be settled, Bollywood actress Vidya Balan’s recent comments for the film might definitely rope some controversial remarks once again. Now the actress has finally revealed her stand about the film and claimed that the film does not glorify misogyny.
Vidya recently visited St. Xavier's College, for an event titled 'Arts Meets Academia' during which she extended her support for the film, and asserted that she wouldn't play the female protagonist in Kabir Singh, but she would definitely watch such a film because it represents a harsh reality.
Sometimes I watch films even if they are not keeping it to my beliefs. Over the years, I have matured as a person. Previously it used to be all black or white for me but today, I understand. I will give you an example of the film 'Kabir Singh'. There was a huge uproar when 'Kabir Singh' released and people questioned how could the film glorify a character as Kabir Singh, who is absolutely disrespectful and violent towards women.
Previously, I would have had the same reaction, but today I feel that the film is not necessarily glorifying it. It's about telling the story of a Kabir Singh and there are enough Kabir Singhs in the world, especially in our country. So, I am okay with that. I can make the choice of not to be a Kabir Singh. As a person, that choice would be mine. But will I go to the theatre and watch 'Kabir Singh'? Of course, I will. So, I think I have kind of matured.- Vidya Balan
Previously the film accounted for several negative remarks about the protagonist. Talking to ET Taapsee Pannu had mentioned that characters like Kabir Singh are toxic to the Indian society because people make a trend out of watching a film. Referring to Salman Khan’s Tere Naam she also mentioned how a simple haircut can become a trend, then a trait or personality could also be idolized, and that is not heroic.
Despite the criticism, it was the highest-grossing film of 2019, which earned Rs 278.24 crore in the domestic market.