Sandeep Reddy Varga’s Kabir Singh depicts the character of a freak, monstrous lover in the rawest possible way but treads down when it comes to forming a base of other important characters.
It is a remake of Arjun Reddy, a Telugu film made by the same director. Kabir Singh is a famous surgeon and a drug/alcohol/sex addict. He is like more than 1,00,000 times angrier version of Dr. Gregory House from House MD, it’s just that Dr. House is diagnostician while Kabir is a surgeon . Their physical/ emotional restraint or bad habits doesn’t stop them from being a good doctor. Cut straight to Kabir Singh’s college life, who beats up the referee of the match and takes the football championship trophy. He then gets attracted to a new first-year student named Preethi (Kiara Advani) who never really expresses herself. Bunch of Kabir’s friend just enter her classroom to judge her, she remains silent. Kabir kisses her in their second meeting, she remains silent, she doesn’t even smile or get angry, she just accepts it. The problem of the premise in which Kabir Singh is set that there is no virago in this premise, no other girl takes a stand against Kabir entering in girl’s hostel and invading their privacy. Kabir openly body shames girls but no one bats an eye. Preethi’s submissiveness crosses all limits when she doesn’t even tell a word about Kabir to his father, it is like they haven’t even met properly once, plus he is the guy because of whom she is suffering continuous embarrassment but still he is the stud of the college who beats other guys, dominates and disrespects all the other people but who cares, he can be a mobster, but who cares, he can be a playboy, but again,who cares. The idea of someone 'being madly in love with her' is much more important than knowing the nature of the person for Preethi.
The movie is so concerned about showing the character of Kabir Singh , that it messes each and every character around it, just like it happened with this year’s Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyu Aata Hain, people sometimes forget that it is important to give every character a good base, even if the film is based on the protagonist. Shiva, Kabir’s best friend is such a fairytale-like friend of him, that he is even ready to sacrifice his own sister by convincing him to marry her. That’s just too much. In a scene, Preethi asks Kabir “ What do you like in me?” and he replies “ I like the way you breathe” but what about Preethi? We never really get to know what Preethi likes in Kabir, is it his dominating nature ? or is it because she is getting all the fame and respect in college because she is Kabir’s girlfriend ? or is it the fact that someone is so obsessive about her? Because it certainly isn’t the way Kabir breathes, as there is a limit to which you can tolerate chain-smokers and Kabir certainly exceeded that limit. After half of other half part, the director wants us to sympathize with this evil and 'determined - lover' protagonist but it is one hundred and seventy two minutes long and we are too bored to sympathize about anything.
This movie will gain all the hype and huge box-office collections because it touches all the limitations of a broken-heart lover and clearly you can find a huge amount of people in that category. It is a movie which acts on impulse rather than on being rational. And impulsive actions do give you a certain adrenaline rush and excitement, so many of them will go for that rather than finding sense in the events of the movie. Shahid Kapoor is an extraordinary actor and he has certainly proved that in Haider and Udta Punjab, so no doubt there but Kiara Advani as playing the heroine for the first time in a big mainstream Bollywood drama, is expressionless and unsatisfactory. She acted far better in Lust Stories. Dialogues are like the cliche Bollywood romantic movies, nothing fascinating. Songs of the movie are spectacular, they stay in your mind for a long period of time.
Overall, Kabir Singh is highly dependant on its entertainment factor rather than character or story justification.
Acting - 2 / 5.
Direction - 2 / 5.
Script - 1.5 / 5.
Cinematography - 2.5 / 5.
Music - 4 / 5.
FINAL VERDICT - 2 / 5.
If you want some exciting dose of cinema, go for it, otherwise if you want some good, logical story and characters, then don’t go for it.