Shahid Kapoor’s last release Kabir Singh has emerged as 2019’s biggest hit so far. However, the film faced a lot of criticism from a section of the audience and film critics, who deemed it to be misogynist and sexist.
When asked about the film and how he approached the character, Shahid said at India Today Conclave, "If you think cinema is an educational institution that you're taught what you should or should not to do, that's your choice. Cinema is meant to mirror life. It's about representing the truth. It's an adult film, for adults, who can distinguish between right and wrong. Are you telling me that Mr Bachchan is someone who taught people to be a thief? You know you're going to watch a movie right, it's fiction, right? I've seen situations like this in life. When a couple fights, if a third person views it, they'll have a different idea. Fundamentally, they're in love. I've seen independent women date simple boys, and vice versa. That's how life is, it's unpredictable. Why is there a problem? You choose to take away what you want from the film. That's what democracy is all about."
Giving examples of other films, Shahid added, ''The film is about a flawed character. Preity (Kiara Advani) is a stronger character than Kabir. Kabir doesn’t know how to handle himself. Every Kabir needs a Preity in his life. No one brought up Baazigar, when SRK kills Shilpa Shetty. No one said anything about putting a commode seat on Sonam Kapoor’s neck in Sanju. Sab Kabir Singh ke peeche kyun pade hain?''
Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film is the remake of hit Telugu film Arjun Reddy. It hit the screens on June 21, 2019 and collected Rs 278.24 crore at the box office.