Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh was at the epicentre of controversies for the longest period. The sado masochist character of alost in love doctor was ripped apart by critics calling it a glorification of abuse in relationship and toxic masculinity. Kiara’a character Preeti on the other hand was critiqued for being too demure and mute but not as much as Shahid character. Kiara recently opened up about why she chose to do such a flawed character.
Kiara insisted that she chose the character of Preeti knowing that it was flawed. “I am an actor, and am hence not always like the characters I play. This was a love story between two dysfunctional people, so, I didn’t judge it. I am glad that a dialogue ensued. We all can differentiate right from wrong. But the film mirrors brutal realities,” she told Mid-Day
On the contrary Kiara cherished being part of the Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Personally, for me, it will be a film which will be special to me. The character was obviously very different from what I am. Getting into the debate of what is right or wrong, I don’t know... I wouldn’t want to enter that position. Everyone has said what they wanted to. The movie received feedback which was both overwhelming and strong. I think it started a conversation,” she had earlier told Pinkvilla.
Calling it the vision of a director and how he chooses to shape a character, Kiara added that above anything it was the love story that shined bright, “No one is asking you to be like Preeti or Kabir. They are extremely flawed characters, I think it is the love story which everyone related to. At the end of the day, love is love,” said she.
Kiara’s next Netflix film Guilty however is completely at odds with what she essayed in Shahid Kapoor-starrer Kabir Singh, “It’s the antithesis of Preeti (Kiara’s character in Kabir Singh). The film (Guilty) opened my eyes (towards abuse). It brought me love that was so contagious that I am further motivated to go to work now,” The actor told Mid-Day.
Kiara will be next seen in Bhool Bhulaiyaan 2 opposite Kartik Aaryan and Indoo Ki Jawani.