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|Directed by||Sandeep Vanga|
|Produced by||Murad Khetani
|Story by||Sandeep Vanga|
|Based on||Arjun Reddy|
|Cinematography||Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran|
|Edited by||Aarif Sheikh|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹42.92 crore|
Kabir Singh is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his own Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017). Jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series, the film stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. It focuses on the title character, an alcoholic surgeon who goes on a self-destructive path after his girlfriend is forced to marry someone else.
Principal photography began in October 2018, and ended in March 2019. The film was released on 21 June 2019.
Kabir Rajdheer Singh, a house surgeon, goes on a self-destructive path after his girlfriend, Preeti, is forced to marry someone else.
- Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Rajdheer Singh
- Kiara Advani as Preeti
- Arjan Bajwa as Karan Rajdheer Singh
- Suresh Oberoi as Rajdheer Singh
- Kamini Kaushal as Kabir’s grandmother
- Adil Hussain as the college dean
- Nikita Dutta as Jia Sharma
- Soham Majumdar as Shiva
- Vinay Sharma as Kalyan
- Amit Sharma as Amit
- Kunal Thakur as Kamal
- Anusha Sampath as Keerti
- Swati Seth as Vidya
- Aanchal Chauhan as Karan’s wife
- Teena Singh as a fractured patient’s fiance
After the success of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017), its writer and director Sandeep Vanga wanted to remake it in Hindi with Ranveer Singh. When it did not work out, he approached Shahid Kapoor. However, producers Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde of Cine1 Studios, who acquired the remake rights for Hindi, wanted Arjun Kapoor to play the male lead. Disappointed, Vanga said,”I’ve come to know that the remake rights of Arjun Reddy have been sold and it would star Arjun Kapoor. I am caught in a dilemma, as I’ve already locked Shahid for the role. It’s a very embarrassing situation for me. I don’t know how I’ll face Shahid.” In April 2018, however, it was officially announced that Shahid Kapoor would star, with Vanga returning as director.
Bhushan and Krishan Kumar of T-Series also produced the film, while Vinod Bhanushali received a co-producer credit. The dialogue was written by Siddharth–Garima. Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran was selected as the cinematographer, and Aarif Sheikh as editor. Vanga was confident that the remake would be even more hard hitting than the original: “When I made Arjun Reddy, I wasn’t sure where to draw the line in terms of representation of certain things. I don’t think I’d have to restrict myself when it comes to the Hindi version. I believe I’ll have more freedom in Bollywood.” The film’s title Kabir Singh was announced on 25 October 2018.
Like the Telugu original, Kabir Singh too begins with a voiceover from the hero’s paternal grandmother, but this time she is reciting a Kabir Doha. There are also geographical changes; the remake is set primarily in Delhi and Mumbai. Instead of caste conflict as in Arjun Reddy, the heroine’s father takes offence to Kabir’s smoking and not being a turban-wearing Sikh. For the remake, Vanga said he deployed less English than the original. “I’ve also tried to retain the colloquial quality in the Hindi dialogue.” About the name Kabir Singh, he said, “There’s a lot of melancholy in the name Kabir and a poetic side too.” Vanga explained his reasons for choosing this as the film’s title: “When we started work on the Hindi script, it was a very exciting journey. Kabir Singh, as the protagonist’s name, came naturally, considering the character’s graph. Kabir Singh has the same punch and madness of Arjun Reddy.”
Shahid Kapoor portrays the title character, Kabir Rajdheer Singh. Although Kiara Advani was Vanga’s first choice for the female lead character Preeti, things failed to materialise. Tara Sutaria was then announced, but left when a delay in the production of her debut film Student of the Year 2 (2019) caused scheduling conflicts. The makers then went back to Advani to play the role of Preeti, Vanga cited her performance in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) as one of the reasons. According to Vanga, “Kiara epitomises the female character in the film to the T. She has the perfect combination of innocence (in terms of looks) and maturity (in terms of performance) that’s so important for the character”. Arjan Bajwa was initially unwilling to play Kabir’s elder brother Karan Singh, but accepted at the insistence of Vanga, for whom he was the only choice to play the character. Suresh Oberoi portrays Kabir and Karan’s father Rajdheer Singh. Amit Sharma, who appeared as Amit in the Telugu original, was chosen to reprise his role.
The makers considered beginning the shoot in August, but it was delayed to September as Vanga wanted Kapoor to grow his beard more for the role. Principal photography eventually began on 21 October 2018 at Mumbai, four days before the announcement of the title. Kapoor dons three different looks for the film. Regarding this he said, “There’s a certain mind space and the present which the character is in and there’s also the past which he has been part of. Along with this, there’s the culmination. So, there are three distinct energies that the film needs.” He went through substantial workouts to portray Kabir Singh in two time periods; to achieve the character’s “college boy” look, he shed 14 kilos of weight, and for the “puffy, groggy alcoholic” look, he worked out in a way that he would look “bigger but not muscular”. Principal photography wrapped on 29 March 2019.
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|Released||14 June 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack is composed by Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Vishal Mishra, Sachet-Parampara (a duo consisting of Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur) and Akhil Sachdeva with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar and Mithoon. Harshavardhan Rameshwar composed the score. The song “Bekhayali” became a chartbuster even before its release, with several cover versions available on YouTube.
|1.||“Bekhayali“||Irshad Kamil||Sachet-Parampara||Sachet Tandon||6:11|
|2.||“Kaise Hua”||Manoj Muntashir||Vishal Mishra||Vishal Mishra||3:54|
|3.||“Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage“||Mithoon||Mithoon||Arijit Singh||4:44|
|4.||“Mere Sohneya”||Irshad Kamil||Sachet-Parampara||Sachet Tandon, Parampara Thakur||3:13|
|5.||“Tera Ban Jaunga”||Kumaar||Akhil Sachdeva||Akhil Sachdeva, Tulsi Kumar||3:56|
|6.||“Yeh Aaina”||Irshad Kamil||Amaal Mallik||Shreya Ghoshal||5:11|
|7.||“Pehla Pyaar”||Irshad Kamil||Vishal Mishra||Armaan Malik||4:32|
|8.||“Bekhayali” (Version 2)||Irshad Kamil||Sachet-Parampara||Arijit Singh||6:10|
|9.||“Tujhe Kitna Chahein Aur” (Film version)||Mithoon||Mithoon||Jubin Nautiyal||4:36|
The official teaser of the film was released on 8 April 2019 by T-Series. In a first-of-its-kind marketing deal, Kabir Singh became the first Bollywood film to have its very own theatre. As many as 15 PVR theatres in 15 cities across India would be renamed as “Kabir Singh Ka Theatre”, with auditoriums reflecting the characteristics of the title character played by Kapoor. The film’s official trailer was released on 13 May 2019. It has been viewed 55 million times since its release.
Kabir Singh was released on 21 June 2019, worldwide on 3616 screens including 3123 screens in India. It is distributed by AA Films globally. Khetani chose not to release the film in Pakistan, following the 2019 Pulwama attack. The film received an ‘A’ (adults only) certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with the board asking the makers to modify a scene where a character is seen snorting drugs, and also asked for insertion of static warning messages against drug abuse in all such scenes.
Ronak Kotecha of The Times of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, saying,”While Kabir Singh is a welcome change from stereotypical love stories, this kind of love affair needs some getting used to. Through his protagonist, Sandeep bets all his cards on his leading man, making sure you either love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore him.” Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh concurred with Kotecha on the film being an unconventional story and rated it three and half stars out of five. Declaring it “powerful”, he praised Vanga’s storytelling and Kapoor’s performance. He felt that the film was a newfangled romantic tale. Priyanka Sinha Jha of CNN-News18, praising Kapoor’s performance, Vanga’s story and direction, rated the film with three and half stars out of five. She found editing and soulful music of the film appealing. She felt that the film was a rare story of star-crossed lovers which moves the audience. In the end, She says, “Reddy despite a brooding despairing protagonist takes things many notches higher and makes it one helluva trippy ride.” Devesh Sharma of Filmfare said, “At 172 minutes, the film is too long by modern standards. Thankfully, Vanga has gone for a non-linear mode of storytelling and going back and forth in the timeline does keep the viewer engrossed.”
Nitya Prakash writing for Bombay Weekly rated the film with four out of five stars and finds it “visually compelling” having “haunting performances” and “nuanced writing”. Praising cinematography, Kapoor’s acting and score, he said, “Kabir Singh” is not a film; it’s an experience that’ll stay with you.” Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express criticised Kapoor’s acting and rated the film one-and-a-half stars out of five. She opined, “Kabir Singh (protagonist) is all flourish, mostly surface. You see him going through the motions, but you never really feel for him. And that, right there, is the problem: not enough pay off for three hours of pain.”. Raja Sen of Hindustan Times, agreeing with Gupta, gave one-and-a-half stars out of five and felt that it was the most misogynistic Indian film that had come in a long time. He praised the cinematography of Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran but criticised the other aspects of the film. He said, “Kabir Singh actually applauds its pathetic protagonist, and ends up an obnoxious celebration of toxic masculinity.” Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror rated the film two-and-a-half stars out of five, feeling that trimming the script by forty minutes would have helped. Arnab Banerjee of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 1.5 stars out of 5, writing, “Besides it’s misogyny that gives its “hero” the right to make decisions on behalf of his girlfriend, and even kiss her as and when he pleases, there is yet another major problem with the film: Shahid Kapoor.”
Kabir Singh’s opening day domestic collection was ₹20.21 crore. This is the highest opening day collection for Shahid Kapoor. On second day film collected 22.71 crore.thus taking the total collection to Rs 42.92 crore.
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