|Movie Name||Kabir Singh|
|Cast||Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjan Bajwa|
|Director||Sandeep Reddy Vanga|
|Music Director||Harshavardhan, Rameshwar|
|Producers||Murad Khetani, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ashwin Varde|
After a stupendous in Telugu, Sandeep Reddy remakes Arjun Reddy which comes exactly after two years. The movie had set a trend in the Telugu industry in many ways. Be it the Telangana dialect becoming fashionable or the whimsical of a heartbroken hero. It also made the Telugu protagonist Vijay Devarakonda a superstar. Shahid Kapoor has been chosen to play the Hindi counterpart and Kiara Advani plays the female lead.
The film is an out and out love story. Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is a medicine student who is damn good at his academics but has a rebellious attitude. He instantly falls in love when a junior – Preeti enters their college. Unlike Kabir, Preeti is silent and fragile like a flower. They fall in love deeply and just can’t be separate for a minute. However, after Kabir graduates, it becomes a long-distance relationship, but love grows further. The moment comes when Kabir puts forward the proposal, hell breaks loose as a quarrel sparks when Preeti’s parents oppose it and decide to get her married to some other. Then begins the journey of Kabir Singh’s self-destruction, the contemporary Devdas who is into total intoxication of all forms. Kabir yet is a successful surgeon though he is already consumed alcohol before every surgery. The movie is about what’s the culmination to this love failure.
The best part of the film is that it has been remade by the original director. He knows the soul of the film. He keeps it intact despite the customizations owing to locale change. Though the base of the script is decades old, it’s the contemporary treatment that makes it hit the ball out of the park. Kabir’s physical strength versus mental fragility is beautifully written. That was the beauty of irony. Preeti’s silence speaks tonnes about her life for Kabir. The anger, the sadness, the passion, the suffering has been portrayed to perfection. The only drawback is its slow pace in the second half.
The music captures the soul of this intense love story. Bekhayali and Kitna Chahe are extraordinary and the other songs weave with the situation seamlessly. Despite the liplocks, this film doesn’t present like any other Bollywood sleazy songs. The love feels pure and the lovers high on each other.
The performances are top notch. This is Shahid Kapoor’s one of the best acts for sure. On par with Haider and Udta Punjab, Shahid meets the expectations or probably even more. Kiara also makes an impact. Her screen presence is soothing. The supporting cast also did a suitable job, especially the friend of Kabir stood out.
Kabir Singh’s screenplay is worth mentioning for his subtle yet strong scenes. Some scenes make you cheer, make you cry and make you laugh too. Cinematography is decent too.
The movie’s soul definitely connects to the young and old who are/were in love, whether won or lost. It’s refreshing to see an out-and-out love story in Bollywood after ages when Bollywood totally forgot about writing scripts about the universal subject – college love.