Screengrabs from Thappad, Kabir Singh (Photo Credit: YouTube)
Trailer release of Taapsee Pannu starrer Thappad opened flood gates of appreciation from cinephiles who questioned the show of violence as an expression of love in Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh and found it overtly problematic. People praised every scene, dialogue in the trailer calling is a slap on Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s romanticising of toxic relationship. Now the actress herself has addressed the debate on cross comparison of her character and film with Kabir Singh.
During her interview with ZoomTV , Taapsee Pannu replied to the comments made by Sandeep Vanga and voiced her disagreement with his statement. Taapsee Pannu stated that cinema is a reflection of society and the filmmakers thinking is seen in his characters and storyline.
Taking about dealing with flawed characters she said, there was no problem in having flawed characters. She added that she herself had played flawed characters in a lot of films and had even worked as an antagonist before. However, it is necessary that a flawed character needs to have a certain kind of redemption, or result, or reciprocation, or one has to have a ramification for his or her deeds. She further said that the filmmaker should bear the responsibility that his audience does not start emulating a flawed character considering it heroic in the Indian society where equality is yet to be achieved completely.
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She then added that it was not right to say that it was okay to be flawed. Taapsee stated that everyone wants to feel that it is heroic to be flawed, but according to her, it is not. She added that in a country like India, where cinema has maximum impact, where the masses copy the hairstyle of their favourite hero, it becomes too dangerous to send the wrong message.
Further talking about how the subject of the movie, the actress shared that domestic violence is always shunned as a subject as something that happens with the uneducated class but she is aware that is happens in educated households as well and he wanted the same to show. The actress further revealed that domestic violence is a very close to her heart subject and she has many personal intentions behind doing a movie on this.
Upon its release, Shahid Kapoor's character drama, Kabir Singh, received a lot of criticism from audiences and critics for making a hero out of a character who is not only flawed in his mannerisms, but also violent. Replying to the critics, the director of Kabir Singh, Sandeep Vanga, called them ‘parasites’ and said that it is okay to be violent when in love.
Thappad is set to release on February 28, 2020. The film is directed by Anubhav Sinha and is produced by Bhushan Kumar. Alongside, Taapsee Pannu, Thappad will also starPavail Gulati, Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvee Azmi, Kumud Mishra, Dia Mirza and Sushil Dahiya in prominent roles.