Kabir Singh has smashed box office records to become the best trending film of 2019 (so far). The eight-day collection of the Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer stands at Rs 146.63 crore and even in its second week, it is showing no signs of slowing down.
Not many know that Tara Sutaria was originally cast in Kabir Singh but opted out as the shoot clashed with her debut film, Student Of The Year 2. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the actress was asked if she regretted losing out on the film, now that it is such a massive hit.
“It’s a remake of a hit film (Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy) so it was bound to do well,” she said.
Kabir Singh has been at the receiving end of a lot of backlash for its toxic masculinity. India Today critic Ananya Bhattacharya slammed the film in her review and wrote, “The women in Kabir Singh are beaten, kissed without consent, forced to take off their pants at knifepoint, slapped and treated like street dogs. Strike that. Kabir Singh’s dog gets a meatier role and better treatment than his women in this mess of a film.”
When Tara was asked about the misogyny in Kabir Singh, she said, “As a woman, a human being and an artiste, I know have a certain social responsibility, but as artistes we also have a certain artistic freedom and the right to express as we please. It’s on the audience as to how they interpret that. Personally, I am a fan of both Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh.”
Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who also made the Telugu original, Kabir Singh revolves around a hot-headed surgeon who goes on a downward spiral after his girlfriend leaves him.