Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh was the most-talked-about film of 2019, for many reasons. First, it set the cash registers ringing at the box office. So much so that it has become the highest grossing Hindi film of 2019 so far. Second, the film was slammed for its toxic masculinity. If some called it misogynist, others panned it for its patriarchal narrative. A lot of backlash came from women. But not many know that it was Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput who told him to do Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Kabir Singh.
Shahid Kapoor made the big revelation at the India Today Conclave Mumbai 2019. At a session titled Heroes and Anti-Heroes: The craft and the heart of telling all stories, the 38-year-old actor said that Mira loved the character, and wanted Shahid to play Kabir Singh.
“You know who told me to do this film before anybody else did? My wife. ‘You have to play this character. He is a crazy character. I am so fascinated by this character.’ She loved the film. She loved the fact that this guy was so flawed, yet he could love so truly,” said Shahid Kapoor.
“He could love someone with so much passion that he could destroy himself. She was one of the first people who told me to do this film,” added the actor.
Talking about the debate over Kabir Singh, Shahid said that it’s an adult film, and people are mature enough to make the choice.
“If you think cinema is an educational institution that you’re taught what you should or should not to do, that’s your choice. Cinema is meant to mirror life. It’s about representing the truth. It’s an adult film, for adults, who can distinguish between right and wrong,” said Shahid Kapoor.