The movie Kabir Singh has been a topic of discussion since the release of its trailer. A remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, it has received criticism for being sexist and showing love in an offensive, violent manner.
To addressing the same, Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga gave an interview to Fim Companion's Anupama Chopra and among many things, said that if people can't hit each other in a relationship, it's not love.
Elaborating on the 'right way' of loving, he further said that cuss words should also be allowed in a relationship and he doesn't see anything wrong with it.
This started a huge conversation on social media, with people slamming him for his views and revealing their encounters with problematic partners to prove that there is nothing 'romantic' about violence.
I knew a Kabir Singh in college and I shudder at the thought of revisiting memories from that time of my life, all thanks to him. Didn't think I will muster the energy to put this out but Sandeep Vanga's interview triggered stuff even watching Arjun Reddy for context couldn't. /1— Shephali Bhatt (@ShephaliBhatt) July 6, 2019
An ex partner punched me in the eye to the extent that my eyes are of different shapes now. Banged my head against the car window during one fight and twisted my hand that left marks on my forearm. So don't tell me that physical violence is a form of love. Because it isn't.— make-up handle (@FuschiaScribe) July 6, 2019
Watched part of your interview with Sandeep vanga reddy!! This guy is unreal!! since when did it become normal to use violence and cuss words in “love”.. what is this parallel universe??? @anupamachopra how did YOU manage to not SLAP him..— Charanya Lakshmikumaran (@CharanyaLk) July 7, 2019
Cannot believe that in the year of our lord twenty nineteen, women have to share their stories of intimate partner abuse to make people understand that it's NOT okay to glorify the violent male 'hero' of Kabir Singh/Arjun Reddy.— Zehra Kazmi | زہرا کاظمی (@ArhezImkaz) July 6, 2019
I'd like to collectively say sorry on behalf of my gender for the existence of Sandeep vanga reddy.— Chirantan (@DiaQueri) July 6, 2019
Mr. Sandeep Vanga, critics are not parasites. But assholes like you are really a major threat to the future of cinema and it's implication. Get well soon Reddy. 💐— Pooja Sharma (@AskPoojaSharma) July 6, 2019
It's 'Just a film', right??— Steve (@SteveUnknown) July 6, 2019
I guess I better get back to my girlfriend & show her some 'Emotion' - don't want her thinking we don't have "true love" between us, ay?
No wonder that he made this movie— Tejas (@TMathpati) July 6, 2019
Sandeep Reddy Vanga: "...if you don't have that liberty of slapping each other, then I don't see anything there. So I feel these women [critics] who are talking about this [toxic masculinity], I feel that they were never in love." (From the interview on @FilmCompanion) pic.twitter.com/GBYqcioif4— Deepanjana (@dpanjana) July 6, 2019
I couldn't bear to watch his interview just the way i couldn't bear to even watch the trailer of his movie. I hope everyone in this Sandeep Vanga's life shows true love to him as per his definition of true love. one tight slap at a time. please do so.— anvita (@anvitanath) July 6, 2019
Now, about Sandeep Vanga's views and Kabir Singh itself: No, I don't think stories like Kabir Singh shouldn't be allowed to exist. They definitely should, because every perspective is important. But the director's interview has given insight into why it's been criticised so much.— Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoon) July 6, 2019