Shahid Kapoor opens up on Kabir Singh's success; calls the audience 'mature'

Updated: Jul 21, 2019, 07:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's film, Kabir Singh has earned Rs 267.29 crores at the domestic box office

Shahid Kapoor opens up on Kabir Singh's success; calls the audience 'mature'
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Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's Kabir Singh's popularity has spread like wildfire. The film refuses to stop at the box office as even after weeks of its release, Kabir Singh is leaving the cash registers ringing. According to trade analyst and film critic, Taran Adarsh, Kabir Singh has collected Rs 267.29 crores domestically.

Talking about this feat achieved by Kabir Singh, the film's male lead, Shahid Kapoor told Hindustan Times that the film has done well because our audience has grown over a period of time. The actor, who has done some edgy characters in films like Kaminey, Haider and Udta Punjab, Shahid believes that Kabir Singh was the most flawed character he ever portrayed. 

"Honestly speaking, when we talk about Kaminey and Haider, for me, the big difference between them and Kabir Singh is [seeing] the way Indian audiences have evolved. I've played complex, edgy and dark characters in the past as well. For instance, Tommy Singh [from Udta Punjab] was really flawed, but the kind of impact those films made were slightly limited," told Shahid to the publication.

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Your love is so overwhelming words will always fall short. Thank you for understanding him forgiving him and loving him with all your heart. We all fall apart. And we all must strive to rise from our faults. To be better. To be wiser. To be kinder. He is flawed. So are we all. You didn’t judge him you experienced him. You understood him. I have never ever felt so thankful. The most flawed character I have ever played. Has become my most loved. Indeed indian cinema and the audience has come a long way. More power to brave choices. More power to you all for your maturity and humanness. You have given me wings to fly. To not only be burdened by the need to be loved to be a star but to have the courage to be hated in equal measure to be an actor. Here’s to cinema mirroring life. To protagonists who don’t have to be restricted by their goodness and can be human and imperfect. There is perfection in imperfection and that is the beauty and the challenge of this human life. Thank you. Again and again. You all are the heroes of this story.

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The Kabir Singh actor believes that the Indian audience has matured a lot over the years and that too, on a wider scale.

"Now, they are accepting and open to all kinds of characters. My most flawed character [of Kabir Singh] has been my most loved one. And that only goes on to show that the audience has matured a lot. And so, this is a very encouraging time for creative people, as now, they don't need to follow the stereotypical trajectory that has been followed in the past. We have a very intelligent, informed and aware audience, who judge things on merit. So, for me, the entire journey has been amazing," says the 38-year-old.

Speaking further about the film, Shahid appreciates the quality of Kabir Singh and says, "I am sure we got something very right with the product that it has had such an impact, and it also continues to connect. It has been several weeks but the kind of response Kabir Singh continues to get is very liberating as an artiste. It means you don't need to feel tied down or bound by norms, restrictions and rules-and-regulations. There are no rules to the game now. If you do something with all your heart and make a film with sincerity, people will see it within that context."

As per trade reports, Shahid Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal's films, Kabir Singh and Uri: The Surgical Strike are the biggest hits of 2019.

Also Read: Shahid Kapoor increases his fee to Rs 35 crore after Kabir Singh's success?

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