Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Soham Majumdar, Arjan Bajwa, Suresh Oberoi, Kamini Kaushal
Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Producer: Murad Khetani, Ashwin Varde, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar.
Box Office Expectations: Kabir Singh is the official Hindi remake of Telugu Blockbuster Arjun Reddy. The film directed by same director Sandeep won the hearts of the audience ever since its teaser came out. Shahid looked extremely promising and on top of his acting game. Then trailer and some hit songs did the task of amplifying the hype.
Now nothing less than a clean hit or Shahid’s first solo 100 crore grosser is expected from Kabir Singh.
Box Office Impact: I watched an 8AM show of the film amidst healthy amount of enthusiastic audience.
First half of the film gives a lot of clap-worthy and ‘seeti-maar’ moments to the public. After a long time, I witnessed multiplex audience hooting during the film (some of the scenes didn’t deserve applause honestly, but, our audience works that way only). So, the conclusion is that people were connecting with the flawed character of Kabir.
The point here I want to make personally is that nowhere the film tries to give a message to the audience. Kabir Singh’s character has a lot of flaws but he has an innocent and good side too. Both of them have been shown rightly and at the end it’s just a character. You can judge him for both sides but can’t take him seriously.
Coming back to the point, the film shifts to a new zone in the second half. If the first half is heavy on romance, action and entertainment, second half focus more on the reactions. The way Kabir’s life takes a total turn and how he moves on a self destructing path makes the second half.
Since the mood of the second half is heavy, there are very less funny moments or those which get reactions. There was not much of the public reaction in the second half but it’s decent. I mean it’s not bad but could’ve been much better.
At times, the film takes inspiration from Rockstar and Tamasha (Note the similarities between the scene where Shahid and Kiara have an argument after he is insulted by her father & the cafe scene of Ranbir and Deepika in Tamasha). The resemblance is way too much and. Also, the character that Shahid plays has a lot of shades of Ranbir Kapoor as Rockstar.
But it’s the performance part where the film secures maximum marks.
Shahid is at his best, even though there was scope to be better in few scenes. Be it the scenes in which he is angry or those in which he is just enjoying the bliss of love, he is equally good in both and treat for the audience. The way he jumps from one mood to another, is sheer brilliance.
Kiara Advani as Preeti looks beautiful and is equally good in performance too. She has almost no screen space in the second half but the way she performs in the first half, stays with you. Even though there’s less focus on her.
Soham Majumdar as Kabir’s friend Shiva is lovely. His character sketch is also impressive.
Arjan Bajwa as Kabir’s brother, Suresh Oberoi as father and Kamini Kaushal as his grand-mother have their moments.
Director Sandeep Vanga has done a very good job. He could’ve made a film little short though.
Box Office Prospects: Kabir Singh has everything which will help it do well at the Box Office. The film will cross the 100 crores mark.