Kabir Singh Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Soham Majumdar, Arjan Bajwa
Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
What’s Good: The sheer intensity of drama coupled with the perfect amount of humour, Shahid Kapoor’s unparalleled performance & the BGM aided with some beautiful songs
What’s Bad: Might be the pace at some places for some of you out there, but I didn’t mind that too – it was an entertaining ride for me throughout
Loo Break: It’s pretty natural to take one of it in three hours (duration of the film) – none apart from that!
Watch or Not?: If you have watched Arjun Reddy watch this for Shahid Kapoor; if you haven’t watched Arjun Reddy watch this for Shahid Kapoor!
Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is one angry young man but he’s also a brilliant surgeon & a topper of his college. In a flashback sequence, we know about what led him to this path of self-destruction. As a legend has once said, “Ladki ka chakkar babubhaiya, ladki ka chakkar!”We’ve our leading lady in Preeti (Kiara Advani). A simple, sweet, introvert, who at first didn’t seem, will give her away just like that to someone like Kabir.
Kabir, of course, is the most handsome guy around the campus, is her senior and has all the achievements. Preeti starts falling for Kabir and their relationship arc is built in the first half. It’s the second half that unfolds the dramatic portions of Kabir’s journey through his destruction. How he shuffles through his professional and personal life, how his family backs him and where is Preeti? All this and a lot more is unveiled in the latter half.
Kabir Singh Movie Review: Script Analysis
The script of Kabir Singh is beyond few sheets of paper. Sandeep Reddy Vanga – the man behind it has poured his (pieces of) heart into it. Sandeep, to an extent, has lived the real story of Kabir Singh and that passion is visible. In every heartbreaking scene, you just see the writers vision and how it’s more than being a fictional story. The humour is laced perfectly to the intense sequences; it’s just like laughing on someone’s needless anger.
There’s a pre-climax scene that redefines the entire character arc of Shahid Kapoor; watch it for the conversation with his father after an unfortunate incident (not a spoiler). That scenes changed my entire perspective about the character and Shahid’s performance takes it to another level. Things like the protagonist’s exaggerated anger issues, patriarchy, sexism will come under the feminazi’s radar, but it really will not bother the general cinegoers.
Kabir Singh Movie Review: Star Performance
Shahid Kapoor touches level he has never done in the past. For me, Haider was his best performance till date but Kabir Singh challenges that throne. The former was complex but the latter allows the star to express his emotions in a very expressive way. Just hope he gets his solo 100 crore grosser with this one.
Kiara Advani feels & looks her character Preeti. It’s not about how charming she looks, it’s about how well she holds her space when she’s on screen. It’s not at all easy to make your presence felt when you’ve another performer grabbing all the eyeballs. Kiara manages to hold our attention to her performance very well.
Soham Majumdar as Shahid’s close friend Shiva contributes highly to the humour quotient of the film. He’s good in emotional sequences too. Arjan Bajwa as Shahid’s brother Karan delivers a fine performance too.
Kabir Singh Movie Review: Direction, Music
Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s direction is minus any compromise. He extracts a top-notch performance from Shahid; ensures the drama doesn’t look forced & is not more than required. A healthy amount of humour also makes 171 minutes an entertaining ride. He goes lenient with the pace of the film, which at times comes in as an obstacle for it. Tight editing, removing various unwanted sequences could’ve worked wonders for it.
So happy with the way songs were partially used in the film. Most of them were cut in paragraphs including some scenes in between them. This is rare for Bollywood but works very well.
Jubin Nautiyal’s Tujhe Kitna Chahe Aur Hum is the best-placed song but I’m humming Vishal Mishra’s Kaise Hua since I’m out. Best song of the album – Bekhayali disappoints with its placement. That level of audio needed another level of video presence.
Kabir Singh Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Kabir Singh gives Shahid Kapoor another chance to prove himself yet again of how brilliant an actor he is. It’s not Shahid who shines alone, it’s a team film where everyone perfectly contributes to the narrative. Highly recommended!
Kabir Singh Trailer
Kabir Singh releases on 21st June, 2019.
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