Kabir Singh is a carbon copy of Arjun Reddy, so, obviously, a good film from a cinematic perspective. Shahid Kapoor does a commendable job of an obsessed, alcoholic lover on a path of self destruction. However, he falls just short of recreating the depth and trauma of Vijay Devarakonda’s superlative eponymous act.
Kiara Advani, on the other hand, is actually slightly better than Shalini Pandey as the demure, reticient girl, unable to make her own decision after being thrust in a overwhelming situation. Arjan Bajwa and veteran Suresh Oberoi also lend good support.
The message is still horrible though as just like the original, the remake, too, doesn’t shy away from glorifying male entitlement, chauvinism, bullying, and domestic abuse. And when writer/Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga (who also helmed the original) doesn’t glorify them, he makes exasperating excuses for them.
The talent is there for all to see as despite several uncomfortable moments of misogyny, his skills to grip your attention and make his characters engaging shine for the entire duration of almost three hours. You just wish that he uses this talent on a better subject the next time he puts pen to paper and calls the shots on a film set.
Movified Rating: 3/5