Verdict: Sandeep Reddy Vanga shows us what Devdas could have been.
We won’t be wrong when we say that Kabir Singh is one of the most awaited movies of the month. Not just the Bollywood audience but even the South is eagerly anticipating the remake of Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Arjun Reddy. Shahid Kapoor plays the lead role in this one and comparisons are likely to be drawn to the character that was earlier portrayed by Tollywood superstar Vijay Deverakonda. While this was the latter’s breakout role, Shahid is already an established actor in Bollywood and played a similar alcohol-and-drug-addicted character back in 2016 in Udta Punjab. Kiara Advani stars as his love interest and her character is somewhat influential in Kabir Singh’s story.
What’s Kabir Singh About:
Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is in every sense an entitled brat. Everyone in college (Delhi University, to add some perspective) worships his brash behavior. He is almost expelled from college but decides to stay on (yes, the decision was up to him) when he meets Preeti Sikka (Kiara Advani). Soon after, he pursues Preeti by ensuring that no one else is allowed to mingle with her and she takes his toxic behavior to mean “love”. Kabir and Preeti enjoy many blissful days in college but as they get older, her father is adamant on having her marry someone else. As she moves on, Kabir gets addicted to alcohol and drugs and his life is pretty much a downward spiral.
If you think Kabir Singh will bring back Tommy Singh from Udta Punjab, you’re in for a surprise. There is a vast difference between the entitled celebrity singer who is addicted to drugs due to power and this entitled genius who drinks and abuses substances over his loss. Shahid Kapoor performs the part to perfection and is extremely convincing in his character. Kiara Advani, for the most part, is just a pretty face but stands her own ground towards the end. Their love story might seem problematic from the start but the actors are convincing in their love and lustful attraction for each other. The music complements the narrative well, giving us a dose of rock when needed and slow romance at other times. Arijit Singh’s song almost brings back that feeling of sweet innocent romance. Sandeep Reddy Vanga has recreated the movie well for the Hindi-speaking audience and even though the South may feel that Arjun Reddy is a better version, Kabir Singh is a good enough adaptation for Bollywood.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The story of Kabir Singh is old-school problematic. The toxic depiction of love, contemptible representation of male entitlement and glorification of drugs and alcohol can have a negative effect on impressionable minds.
Why You Should Watch:
For Shahid Kapoor fans, this is another opportunity to see your favorite actor bring out his best on screen. No one can fault this actor for his method approach to the character. Kabir Singh might not hit the nail on romance but will surely appeal to the filmy, drama-loving fans who’ll enjoy the rendition of a couple who cannot define the line between love and deep passion.