Shahid Kapoor starrer Kabir Singh is fast on its way to becoming one of 2019's biggest hits, with people falling in love with its 'impassioned tale of romance'.
#KabirSingh is rewriting the rules of the game... Does remarkable biz on Day 4 [working day]... Will hit ₹ 💯 cr today [Day 5]... #KabirSingh is trending better than *all* biggies released this year: #Bharat, #Kesari, #TotalDhamaal and #GullyBoy... Amazing!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 25, 2019
But the reality is, Kabir Singh is many things but romantic is not one of them. It does not show the dark side' of romance, because it does not show romance at all. Rather, it's the tale of one man's sense of entitlement, which makes him believe that his rage, alcoholism, rudeness, and socially unacceptable behaviour, is all okay in the guise of a heartbreak.
Despite the fact that a lot of people seem oblivious to the movie's very obvious flaws, there are some women who have not been swayed by Shahid Kapoor's stellar performance and realized the movie for what it is:
Man! It's 2019 girls are no more as dumb as #KabirSingh wants to portray.. I mean seriously Preeti Chunni theek kro.. and Preeti goes with a sorry look.. and you are talking about two Medical students. #KabirSinghReview— Daman Sachdeva (@damansachdeva01) June 21, 2019
I literally didn’t go to media school and learnt thousands of theories about violence in media so that dinesh from 2nd year Btech in Shahomal Thadani engineering college could tell me that a director should be allowed to EXPRESS how they want to feel in a movie like kabir singh— Priyanka Paul (@artwhoring) June 24, 2019
Men who outraged that Swara Bhaskar masturbating in VDW was ruining Indian culture, family values, and slut shame her even today, have now agreed that a movie is 'just a movie' on watching Kabir Singh.— Shreya (@anervoussystem) June 24, 2019
#KabirSingh is an ***hole .Women In The theatre whispering about what an ace S**T he is and He IS!Shahid is gold playing this flawed fella. @Advani_Kiara big props.Loved ur work.I just hope nobody goes home thinking they want to BE Kabir or that they WANT a Kabir in their life.— Mumbai Ki Rani (@mymalishka) June 23, 2019
- that everytime I said no to him or thought about breaking up he'd verbally abuse me, stalk me, appealed to me with suicide notes and whatnot until I said yes and all his friends would blame me for his behaviour and his low marks in class. so yes, it's not just a movie. I've-— the sculpture without head and limbs (@pretentiouschai) June 23, 2019
PS: Reminding again, the youth in Telugu states STILL wants to be like Arjun Reddy. And believe that a “lover” should be like him. Don’t come with shit like “a cinema is a cinema”. A CINEMA IS PART OF A CULTURE. And INFLUENCER.— DK (@anticastecat) June 21, 2019
Ok the only thing I wanna say about Kabir Singh is that women already get a lot of shit for standing up for themselves and leaving a toxic guy we really don't need a movie that blames a woman for leaving someone who literally hit her don't @ me— saum (@saumyyyaa) June 22, 2019
There is nothing wrong in portraying a negative character or toxic personality i.e Kabir Singh/Arjun Reddy. What is wrong is the character's glorification to a level where people start idolizing and following him.— Paandorazbox (@koozibisma) June 22, 2019
Thank you Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh, movies which not just normalise the idea of toxic love, controlling dominating behavior, extreme anger related problems, cleverly wrapping the idea of love and pain in perilous shades but also glamourize it. Lovely.— Epcita (@Epcita1) June 22, 2019
Also, please enough with the Bonnie/Clyde & Devdas comparisons. The issue isn't a film with a flawed hero. It's about whether the film is self-aware enough to make audience aware that it knows that this man is problematic.— Maanvi (@Maanvi2501) June 22, 2019
A good way to do it? Give the damn woman some lines.
Watched Kabir Singh.... I’m speechless at how Bollywood romanticized such an abusive toxic relationship in 2019 WOWOW— Rue (@RueRants) June 23, 2019
kabir singh is literally a toxic portrayal of masculinity and y'all are hyping that up? he's emotionally manipulative, violent, and is normalising addiction and explosive stalker tendencies. it's 2019, I'd thought Bollywood would do better.— dakshta (@dxkshta) June 22, 2019
Just like these tweets show, the problem is not that the movie represents a flawed character, but that it puts him on a pedestal and promotes, rather glorifies, the toxic behavior.