It is cool and rainy here in Pune and I am enjoying a midweek work-free evening, surprisingly.
I’ve been wanting to write a review about Kabir Singh, the movie ever since I watched it. At the risk of being trolled for saying, I thoroughly enjoyed what’s being called a “misogynistic” film. In fact, that had kept me from putting my words on paper (well, not literally paper).
I haven’t seen Arjun Reddy so I walked into the movie hall with a clean slate.
What can I say other than Shahid Kapoor!! YOU HAVE MY HEART. Misogynistic or not, he has played his part so well that I could actually feel like I went through the journey with him! Kiara had more of a silent role as far as dialogues are concerned. She does manage to emote a bit with her expressions although I feel there were a couple of other actresses who could have done better.
Some goof-ups in the operating theatre notwithstanding this movie is a must watch. There is a Kabir Singh in me and I have identified with few of the things that Shahid Kapoor does. In fact, the removing of the bag from her neck took me into a flashback mode.
I do not agree with the tag of Toxic Masculinity for the movie. Yes, I do not agree to the slap part, but maybe the director thought it was important to portray their obsession towards each other. Kabir is fiercely ambitious, strong and career oriented. Surgeons and their temper are famously infamous and there have been many true stories of much worse tempered surgeons. Moreover, we have had many gangster movies glorifying and defending the underworld both in Hollywood as well as Bollywood. Also, this weed-ganja thing is extremely common in the student community. I have seen an equal amount of girls indulge in the same. This is a movie and that is why we should leave it at that. The movie is told purely from the male protagonist’s point of view.
The turn of the character is stunning. From a focussed doctor wanting to be a surgeon who coaxes his girlfriend to stay strong on a long distance relationship to a spiral downfall is his suffering. And what’s more endearing is that Kamini Kaushal (Daadi ) says- Suffering is personal. Let him suffer. In fact, he also tells his friends that had it not been for this episode he would have cracked Neurosurgery.
The final redemption of the character happens only of his own will and not due to any melodramatic event or relative as is generally depicted in these movies.
Songs are the soul of Kabir Singh and indeed haunt us. So do Shahid’s eyes. In an age where he is overshadowed by the likes of Tiger/Varun/Vicky/Nawazuddin and gang, this was his last hurrah of retaining his place ( and rightfully so ) in the hierarchy of Bollywood.
From Ishq Vishq to Haider and now this- Shahid Kapoor, you have won my heart…again.

To conclude, personal disasters happen in all our lives, but how we deal with it is important. I speak from my own disasters/shortcomings which I consciously worked upon to reduce on my own accord.

Life can knock the best and keep them down. To stay down or rise is our choice.

Do let me know your thoughts about the movie and your favourite song.. mine is Mere Soniya and Main tera ban jaaunga….


June 27, 2019 at 7:10 am

I completely agree with you Sir, Shahid Kapoor has done extremely well. We cannot fault his acting skills. And I hope he comes up with many more great roles like these.

June 27, 2019 at 9:23 am

Looks like shahid kapoor is ur fav too!! Mine too!! But Arjun reddy is worth watching coz i can say,after watching that i am a fan of vijay devarakonda,the protagonist in it. This is one main reason i want to keep vijay’s face as the memory of arjun reddy hence avoiding to watch kabir singh, although shahid is a fav!!

June 27, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Very well written pushkar
Keep on writing
that’ll keep u more healthy n wealthy??

Dr. Monali Divekar
June 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

nice write up…well expressed…Thought this film is labelled as misogynistic I totally disagree to the title given as the hero has his own reason & not representing any particular group or concept…Our behaviour and thought process depends on experience we gain in life…The film is just a story of an individual & not the thought given to society…Shahid as always have excelled in his performance…He is the one who chose stand apart in main stream & does so by his selection of different projects & role.

Arijit Das
June 27, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Comparing this movie with a gangster movie is baseless
In a gangster movie, the gangster is shown doing violence and getting away with it cause it’s his job to do violence
But in this movie a normal man is shown doing violence in a glorified manner
And also this movie promotes domestic violence
Moreover u can’t ask for sexual favours on knifepoint it’s know was RAPE ,which is again glorified.
And lastly the charecter of the lead actress is so spineless / damsel in distress
Which is very sad especially in a country where we are still fighting for basic woman rights

    June 28, 2019 at 6:56 am

    You are correct. Violence can be internal too and Kabir is internalising his violence inflicting his body as was seen by his medical reports later.. all in all an intense movie

October 1, 2019 at 7:16 pm

Thanks for telling this particular short article and rendering it public

October 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

I have included this article to my book marks

November 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Wow! very handsome boy Singh. you have given very good information on Kabir Singh.

May 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

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