Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's Kabir Singh has finally hit the theatres today. The Arjun Reddy remake has been much looked out for by many and the build-up to the release was packed with trailer and song releases. With some great chartbuster numbers in the album of the Hindi remake, this one will be a treat for Shahid Kapoor's fans as the actor has literally unleashed the professional within him. Kiara, though a newcomer, will be seen sharing screen-space with Shahid after the Yo Yo Honey Singh's single Urvashi and we must say they look great together on screen. And on that note, here's our review of the Sandeep Vanga Reddy directorial who originally directed Vijay Deverakonda's Arjun Reddy as well.
What’s it about
A remake of the 2017 Telugu smash hit Arjun Reddy, Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh is a scene by scene replication of an angst-ridden love story about a flawed man whose obsessive streak with his object of desire (Kiara Advani) costs him a heavy price. Irrespective of whether you have watched the original or not, Kabir Singh falls in the bracket of those heavy duty love stories that deal with not just unrequited love, but also love and longing in the midst of turmoil. Kabir is a successful surgeon who has anger management issues. But that is just one aspect of his personality. He is also a sex and alcohol addict. The film swings from present day to the past where we see his love story with Preeti blossom. This is not a regular love story, but one where two hearts collide with such intensity that they end up causing such damage that it can’t be undone. Kabir also has a best friend Shiva (Soham Majumdar) who is the logic and sensibility to his madness. Preeti’s family and ideology is the antithesis to Kabir’s rebelliousness. There is a lot of violence, abuse, rage, heartache, all wrapped up in a toxic formula that takes a toll on both these lovers. The second half chronicles Kabir’s present day and his self-defeated persona who still aches for a reunion with his lover.
Arjun Reddy catapulted Vijay Deverakonda into the stratosphere of superstardom. In the case of Kabir Singh, Shahid delivers one of his career's finest performances. His rage and anger isn’t just on the surface but it’s visceral and a part of the air he breathes. To show that complexity isn’t easy, so Shahid digs deep and becomes the madness that is Kabir. He is deep and intense yet light and breezy when needed. There is a natural flair and charm that he puts to use full throttle. Kiara’s last scene with him is a revelation. She has to underplay Preeti for most of the film and she does full justice to her character. But her emotional outburst in the climax showcases her immense versatility. The music of the film is already a rage and the background music is in sync with the mood. Sandeep Vanga doesn’t stray from his original material and recreates the same dark intensity of Arjun in Kabir.
The second half stretches beyond requirement and the pace slackens. The scenes of Kabir with his brother and family are long and tedious. Had the editing been sharper, the end would have had a better impact. Also, despite being set in Mumbai and Delhi, the film suffers from a hangover of the original. It does sound and look like a South film and that isn’t really a bad thing but it doesn’t feel cohesive in building the character arcs.
Kabir Singh is an ace up Shahid Kapoor’s sleeve and a treat for his fans. Watch it if you want some intense romance laced up with knock-out performances.
4 out of 5
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