02 Hours 55 Minutes
Action, Drama, Romance
Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani
Directors: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Producer: Murad Khetani
In Theaters: 21 June
"Freshness In The Rawness"- Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer Kabir Singh hits the silver screens and here is the review of the movie by Senior Journalist and Author Bharathi Pradhan.
Everything about Kabir is extreme. Extremely brilliant, extremely possessive, extremely volatile. After films like Haider and Udta Punjab, Shahid Kapoor makes a comfortable fit as the edgy, flawed hero, prone to bouts of violence and self-destruction. He is therefore at home as Kabir Rajveer Singh, a brilliant medical student with anger management issues who nobody messes with on the campus.
Nobody messes with junior medical student Preeti either once Kabir has marked her as his girl.
Writer-director Sandeep Reddy Vanga makes an obsessive love story, a new age Tere Naam. And you have to hand it to him that despite the inordinate running time of 2hrs 55 mins, there's so much happening on screen that he keeps the interest alive for well, most of the way.
There's a freshness in the rawness. And it grabs attention right away with Kabir shoving ice cubes down his crotch which is his version of taking a cold shower or asking a woman to hurry up and unzip because all he wants is a slam bang, no thank you, ma'am. The filmmaker scores because with all the easy obscenity that's peppered in the dialogues, the action where people are beaten to a pulp and the loads of lovemaking, there's a sophistication in the making which doesn't let any of it slide into sleaze.
Unpredictable with a frightening energy about him even as a senior medical student, the way he woos Preeti is misogynistic but it works because there's also a newness in the writing. Like striding into her class every day to ask her the topic of the day and taking her out to teach her by drawing on various parts of her body. But stopping short when the topic is the thoracic cavity because he's a man in love, not one dying to get his paws on her.
Much of the campus scenes like the ragging or Kabir taking Preeti into the boys' hostel and defying anybody to stop him are high adrenaline. Kabir's hold over Preeti, his constant that she's his bandhi, is sexist. Nor is a temperamentally volatile man chasing his maid servant something to applaud. It's so sexist that while Kabir goes banging any woman in sight, Preeti remains fresh as a daisy, untouched by any but Kabir. An alcoholic surgeon who's also on substance abuse and still operating on patients isn't the doctor you want as a patient. But he's also brilliant in his work and has a magnetism about him that women find attractive.
Whatever the flaw in Kabir Singh, it's the newness even in the misogyny that will have its audience.
Friendships, relationships, a nice physical scuffle between Kabir and his brother Karan keep it lively with touches of emotions everywhere.
For sure, the running time is a problem. There are portions where the director's self-indulgence needed a stronger editor.
Kiara Advani as Preeti who's Kabir's obsession is pretty and the chemistry between the two makes the love story ring true. Arjan Bajwa as Kabir's reliable brother is well cast and Suresh Oberoi brings gravitas to the role of Kabir's father.
Of course, it's Shahid's show all the way and he does carry it on his gym-toned shoulders.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.
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