The biggest blockbuster of 2019, so far, is Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer Kabir Singh. A Hindi remake of the 2017 Telugu hit Arjun Reddy. Kabir Singh faced a lot of criticism from a section of the audience and film critics, who deemed it to be sexist and misogynist. Recently, Shahid Kapoor was present at an event where he talked about his career, the massive success of Kabir Singh and more.
When asked about the film and how he approached the character, Shahid Kapoor explained, "If you think cinema is an educational institution that you're taught what you should or should not to do, that's your choice. Cinema is meant to mirror life. It's about representing the truth. It's an adult film, for adults, who can distinguish between right and wrong. Are you telling me that Mr Bachchan is someone who taught people to be a thief? You know you're going to watch a movie right, it's fiction, right? I've seen situations like this in life. When a couple fights, if a third person views it, they'll have a different idea. Fundamentally, they're in love. I've seen independent women date simple boys, and vice versa. That's how life is, it's unpredictable. Why is there a problem? You choose to take away what you want from the film. That's what democracy is all about."
He further added,
We promoted the film for two months. If someone's bought a ticket, they probably wanted to see something in it. The film is about a flawed character. Preeti (Kiara Advani) is a stronger character than Kabir. Kabir doesn't know how to handle himself. Every Kabir needs a Preeti in his life. No one brought up Baazigar, when SRK kills Shilpa Shetty. No one said anything about Ranbir Kapoor putting a commode seat on Sonam Kapoor's neck as a mangalsutra in Sanju. Sab Kabir Singh ke peeche kyun pade hain?
The movie opened to mixed to positive response and collected Rs 278.24 crore at the box office. It is not only the highest-grossing film of the year but is also the 9th highest-grossing Hindi film of all time, inflation unadjusted.