Kabir Singh movie review: Raw, Bold & Passionate

Kabir Singh movie review is here. Starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, the movie is the official remake of the cult 2017 Telugu game changer ARJUN REDDY by Sandeep Vanga that starred Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey.

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Kabir Singh movie review is here. Starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, the movie is the official remake of the cult 2017 Telugu game changer ARJUN REDDY by Sandeep Vanga that starred Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey. Sandeep Vanga has written and directed the Hindi version of his deserving shot of fame as well. Is it worth, does it gives justice? And whether it will make the people go crazy as it happened with the original?.Let’s find out in the movie review of KABIR SINGH. 

Immediate reaction when the end credits starts rolling
A love story like no other, A mesmerizing rhapsody of the power of love and a pricking saga on obsession, uncontrolled anger and self destruction that probes the conventional boy/girl next door phenomenon. An adage of love that is intoxicatingly pious, passionate and brutal with Shahid Kapoor delivering the performance of his lifetime till date.

Any memorable moments in KABIR SINGH
A captivating image of a man and a woman sleeping on a bed, amidst the sound of a sea. we hear that divine couplet of Amir Khusrau said in the voiceover Khusrau darya prem ka, ulti wa ki dhaar, Jo utra so doob gaya, jo dooba so paar (rough translation (the river of love, runs in strange directions, One who jumps into it drowns, And one who drowns, gets across). The two are with each other like there is no one except them on earth. Are they drowned or gone across?. 

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The Story of KABIR SINGH
Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) a house surgeon of a known medical college is a topper, a rock star, a man with attitude, a self-proclaimed rebel with a cause who gets into a brawl at a football match and when questioned by his dean, says if he would have controlled himself, there would have been a celebration but that would have not satisfied him. The short tempered Kabir Singh is all calm composed and caring when he is with Preeti (Kiara Advani). Their romance gets cursed by faith and results in Preeti forcibly getting married to someone else leading Kabir on a path of self destruction (booze, weeds and desire to have sex very often). The destruction is nebulized by just an air of hope that Preeti is his girl and will come one day. She cannot be happy without him. 

Shahid Kapoor
Owning every inch and every bit of Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor gives the performance of his life time. Playing the “Devdas” with a twist, Shahid displays his immense power as Kabir Singh. Flawless and entertaining to the core, the actor adapts Arjun from the original like his prop and comes at par even better. Shahid has proven his brilliance and it all started with KAMINEY and here he uses his lanky physics to great effect. I have seen ARJUN REDDY and honestly, Vijay Deverakonda is class apart but the brutality adapted by Shahid in KABIR SINGH pushes the envelope even further. 

Sandeep Vanga’s direction in KABIR SINGH
When did you have a topper fighting like a rowdy in a football field? A qualified surgeon a chain smoker and an impulsive drinker. Sandeep Vanga’s Kabir ( if it has anything to do with Santh Kabir as we had Khusrau in the opening scene and mention of Kabir’s doha as well), is actualy a “devdas” with a twist. He has expressed his love and is certainly not a loser, a failure. you will root for him, no matter he sometimes displays the traces of toxic male masculinity. Sandeep Vanga’s protagonist relaxes in the terrace with his smokes with nurses for his company. He is cool, he has a swag but still not the ‘lucky’ one.

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The dilwala is longing for his dulhania and going deeper into hell and hey the more he sinks, the more pure his heart becomes. He is a man with morals; he admits his drinking problem and refuses to compromise. Tough, tricky and very risky character in a mainstream cinema that questions the norms and flirts with them as well. Sandeep Vanga’s narration is pitch – perfect. He knows what he wants and makes the entire thing believable. Smartly using the family angle and inducing brotherhood, fatherhood in this love story. Sandeep Vanga gives full justice to the original. The approach of Sandeep Vanga is a thrilling mix of fiction and reality that works and results in a feeling of triumph. 

Kiara Advani
The elegant Kiara gets to play a challenging role of Preeti. The girl who tames the brute, the angry Kabir and transforms him to a caring, loving guy every girl would die for. She is not just Kabir’s love interest, she has a mind of her own and even gets angry at her lover, slaps him and the brute realizes his folly. Kiara gives a nuanced and balanced performance and excels especially during the climax and scenes of confrontation. 

Other Performences
Arjan Bajwa as Kabir’s elder brother is fine. Suresh Oberoi as Kabir’s father is fantastic. Soham Majumdar as Shivam Kabir’s best friend is superb. Adil Hussain as dean is competent. 

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Music
Music is a winner and that’s a welcome bonus. Bekhayali – written by Irshad Kamil and composed by Sachet-Parampara takes the lead. Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage sung by Arjit Singh, composed and written by Mithoon is soothing. Yeh Aaina and Pehla Pyar also leave an impact. Special mention for Tujhe Kitna Chahein Aur  by Mithoon after Bekhayali is a must.

Technicalities
Beautifully shot with top production values, Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran’s cinematography is a delight to the eyes during light and brighter scenes and a dark cautious warning during the high volatile and dark scenes. Afzal Usman Khan’s action is real. 

Flaws
ARJUN REDDY was a cult and KABIR SINGH in spite of its bold, realistic edge is still a follow up not original. Since I have seen the original, I am surprised why a crucial scene in Arjun Reddy that added more purity to his love was missing. The conflict does gets repetitive and the length could have been reduced. 

Final words
KABIR SINGH is no Mills and Boons, the prince charming coming and giving.All the mushy mushy feeling. It’s real and realistic in its emotions. An uncompromising, pious, bold and volatile tale of love that is made solidly intoxicating by the performance of Shahid Kapoor, his brutally honest image flashes once you leave the theatre. It’s very very rare when an actor delivers such an hangover with his performance. You may smell that rage coming just within 5 minutes of the movie and man KABIR SINGH starts ruling and how!!. Love him or hate him but you don,t dare ignore him, not possible. Going with a deserving 4.

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