Shahid Kapoor's Kabir Singh finds further support, this time by filmmaker Kabir Khan

Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 18:26 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Filmmaker Kabir Khan recently spoke about Shahid Kapoor's Kabir Singh and you decide whose side you're on!

Picture Courtesy: Midday Archives
Picture Courtesy: Midday Archives

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's Kabir Singh is the second highest Bollywood grosser of 2019 after War. Raking in over Rs 278 crores at the box-office, the film resuscitated the leading man's fluctuating career. However, the makers and the actors may not have anticipated the scathing and polarizing reactions and reviews this romantic drama would garner. Critics called out Kabir Singh, both the film and the protagonist, for its misogyny toxic masculinity.

However, there were a lot of people, which also included Bollywood celebrities, which stood by it. The latest name to join the film in its support is filmmaker Kabir Khan. Talking about the problematic portrayal by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Khan spoke at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, "If a character has toxic masculinity, that is not the problem. It is ultimately about I (the filmmaker) show him in the film. That matters. Am I glorifying him or showing him as a broken piece? It also depends on how the audience perceives it. What matters the most is, what comment the filmmaker is making at the end of the film."

He added, "I feel politically incorrect people are damn exciting, so creating such a character is interesting. But it all depends on what comment a filmmaker is making using such a character at the end of the film."

Khan, given his travel bug, has made espionage thrillers like Ek Tha Tiger and Phantom that amalgamated high-octane action, luscious and copious locales, and the central characters' ode to the nation and their reckless battle against terrorism. He's all set for '83, which could be his return to form after the Tubelight fiasco. Starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead, it's a part-fictional, part-real retelling of the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and how it led to the rise and rise of the sport in India and made the Indian Cricket Team the true heroes, who were till then, the underdogs.

The film is all set to release on April 10, 2020.

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