Kabir Singh is 172 minutes of toxic masculinity, entitlement, a little entertainment, drugs with good music. A 2019 film in the genre of romantic drama has only romanticized toxic masculinity leading to some sort of intense, toxic love.
Written and directed by Sandeep Vanga, it is a remake of his own Telugu film Arjun Reddy, which was released in the year 2017. Kabir Singh (or Arjun Reddy) is an alcoholic surgeon who goes on a self-destructive path after his girlfriend is forced to marry someone else. The story begins at a slow pace.
The character Kabir Singh is excellent with his academics but cannot manage his anger at all. He gets involved in a fight because of a football match at his college and is also seen bullying around. Later, there is a scene of him kissing his crush’s cheek without consent whatsoever.
Kabir Singh also tells people ‘This is my girl’ depicting entitlement. The girl is shy and obedient and keeps loving Kabir Singh even when she gets an ‘I like the way you breathe’ in response to her asking him what does he like about her. A bit of patriarchy comes sweeping in slowly as the movie unfolds before your eyes.
It got almost choking to watch a scene where the protagonist threatens a woman to take off her pants, pointing a knife at her. There also is a scene where he thrashes his toxic behavior on his domestic help. I wonder why the protagonist was not shown visiting a therapist for his anger related issues that proved to be noxious for all.
No wonder Shahid kapoor has given a terrific performance throughout the movie but the movie as a whole is kind of a problem. Also, the movie can be thought of as a reflection of the world we live in which is fine.
Unfortunately, it also promotes such behavior of people. The idea of ‘Your actions are excusable if you are a bright student’ is defended in the movie. Moreover, people hooting at scenes where the male ego was highlighted is a matter of concern.
That is when you realize people not just relating to but the number of people also agreeing that the character of Kabir Singh is appreciable as well as a hero. Except for the entire toxic male ego and misogyny, the movie is fine but sadly the two of those elements have been nicely spread in the movie.