The Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani has hit the theaters today. Vijay Deverakonda, who essayed the titular role in the original film, has set the bar high for Shahid with his impeccable performance.
The Lead actor and the rest of the cast represent the only little alterations effected in this totally redundant reiteration of the tale of a young orthopedic surgeon who goes on a self-destructive rampage when the medical college junior he loves is prevented from marrying him.
Shahid Kapoor touches a new level in his performance which he has never done in the past. Shahid was brilliant in Haider and Udta Punjab in recent past now Kabir Singh will fight for the top spot. Shahid was so expressive with his emotions and was endearing to watch him throughout the movie.
Kiara Advani feels & looks very fresh on screen. It’s not only about how charming she looks, but it’s also about how well she holds her space when she’s on screen. It’s not at all easy to make your presence felt when you have another performer grabbing all the eyeballs. Kiara manages to hold our attention to her performance very well.
Soham Majumdar as Shahid’s close friend Shiva contributes highly to the humor quotient of the film. He’s good in emotional sequences too. Arjan Bajwa as Shahid’s brother Karan delivers a fine performance too.
It is obvious that comparison with the original will be done, and how the performance and movie fares. Well, it is the only aspect that can’t be undone. As said at the start, Shahid Kapoor has a few great acting moments to his credit. So, Kabir Singh lacks the freshness that was associated with Vijay Deverakonda’s act in the original. However, keeping the minor cliches aside those who have not seen the original will develop an emotional connect for sure.
Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga who has directed the original Arjun Reddy has helmed the remake as well. He didn’t bother to change the mood or premise of the movie Almost every shot, every scene, every camera angle and every line from Arjun Reddy is replicated in Kabir Singh, leaving one wondering why the director felt the need to create a separate Hindi version in the first place when all that he has done is give us the same film all over again with just the language and setting changed for the understanding of a pan-Indian audience. He could have well dubbed Arjun Reddy and re-released it nationwide. Same as Arjun Reddy, The length is an issue, but it is needed to have a full impact of the original. The central character of Kabir Singh will be a problem with a segment due to the perceived misogynistic attitude from a certain section.
Multiple composers have provided the music, and the music stands out. One of the biggest reasons for the huge buzz for the movie is the music. The songs are already chartbusters. The background scores mostly reused from the original, and it is suited to the premise. The cinematography is neat, and editing is alright and could have been better. The writing is good and never feels like it is a South Indian language version re-written for Hindi.
Overall, Kabir Singh is a decent remake from the director of the original. One can watch any version and be satisfied. To those who have no clue of Telugu version, Kabir Singh will be an emotional tale. So, if you are a sucker for romantic dramas then you can definitely head to the cinema's this weekend and buy a ticket. Otherwise, you can sit this one out.
However, overall the movie is breezy and entertaining.