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Shahid Kapoor responds to ‘Kabir Singh’ criticism

Shahid Kapoor’s latest film ‘Kabir Singh’ (2019) has been receiving criticism from most film critics and from a section of the audience. His character in the recently released film, which is based on a hotheaded surgeon, has been slammed for glamourising misogyny and toxic masculinity, with many questioning Kapoor’s responsibility as an actor.

Despite the negative wave, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga directed film is making money at the box office and has already made its way to the Rs 100-crore club, reports India Today.

In an interview, Kapoor finally responded to the controversy surrounding the movie. The star said that he is unfazed by the criticism. “I don’t look at my filmography or my work as an actor anymore as an individual performance. I have grown over that,” the actor told the media. He said, “Jab aap shuru mai aate ho to aapke har performance pe sochte ho abhi log kya bolenge (In the beginning, you are affected by people’s comments on each of your performances). I have been doing this for 15-16 years now. I have done about 30 films. For me, now it is about putting a body of work behind, so that when people see that, they see a variety of work. The larger picture is important.”

“I don’t get affected by ek-dedh mahine ke liye ye jo comments aate hai; that is not important (I don’t get affected by the comments that are bombarded at me for a month or half). Everything will find its meaning, once people will see it in totality (sic),” the star said.

Kapoor, who made his Bollywood debut with ‘Ishq Vishk’ (2003), also took the example of his films, saying that his acting has been appreciated in the past. “Five – seven films later, people talked about my performance in Jab We Met. Now that I have done Haider, Udta [Punjab], Kaminey and now this [Kabir Singh], people say yaar Jab We Met mein waisa tha, aur Kaminey mein usne aisa kiya (People say he was different in Jab We Met, Kaminey).”

“So you have to be more mature and understand that people will speak like this, but you have a larger plan in mind. I have larger picture in my mind and I am working towards that,” he added.

‘Kabir Singh,’ which also stars Kiara Advani in the lead role, has earned a total collection of Rs 104.90 crore in five days of its release.

The movie is the Hindi remake of the 2017 Telugu blockbuster ‘Arjun Reddy’ which stars Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role.

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