Shahid Kapoor-starrer Kabir Singh has emerged as the highest-grossing film of 2019 (July 8, 2019) with the box office collection inching towards Rs 250 crore in its third week, surpassing Vicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike (lifetime collection Rs 246 crore) and Salman Khan’s Bharat (Rs 211 core).
Kabir Singh is a remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy and expectations are that the film would touch Rs 300 life-time collection. The film has been released in over 2,000 theatres across India.
Jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series, Shahid Kapoor plays title character Kabir Singh, Kiara Advani is Preeti, Suresh Oberoi plays the role of Shahid’s father (Rajdheer Singh) and Adil Hussain is the dean of the college.
Film critic Saibal Chatterjee commented that “Shahid Kapoor stretches himself very thin indeed in trying to convince us that Kabir Singh is a present-day incarnation of Devdas that we should shed tears for. But the man he portrays does not suffer quite as irreversibly as the classic tragic hero did. But he raves and rants through his ordeal and would have us believe that he is more sinned against than sinning. Sorry, we aren’t buying that”.
Film critic Shubhra Gupta gave 1.5 ratings in her Indian Express Review. Raja Sen gave 1.5 ratings in Hindustan Times. CNN IBN and Network 18’s Rajeev Masand gave 2 stars. Many described the film as misogynistic and patriarchal.
Despite mixed reviews by film critics and its controversy on social media, Kabir Singh is a smashing hit and has been well-received by Shahid Kapoor fans.