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Certificate: A

Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Suresh Oberio and others

Written by: Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Siddharth-Garima

KABIR SINGH  is the official remake of hit Telugu blockbuster ARJUN REDDY (2017). The film follows the same story as that of the original film. It is the story of a heartbroken man walking a road of self loathing and self destruction. The film plays in present time and a lot of the story is being told in flashbacks of Kabir Singh looking back on his past starting from the last year of his medical degree from  a Delhi Medical School. Due to the events that went down and followed the finals of the inter-college football championship, the college Dean (Adil Hussain) asks him to tender an apology or else he’ll be rusticated. Kabir chooses the second option as he’s of the opinion that he did no wrong. But while waiting in the canteen, he sees Preeti Sikka (Kiara Advani) and their eyes meet and in that moment he falls for her and he changes his mind about leaving the college. As luck would have it, Preeti’s family turns out to be Kabir’s family’s friend. Kabir is a topper in college and a rank holder and is also feared by everyone in his college. Slowly, he starts giving Preeti private lessons and that’s how their relationship develops and they fall in love. After their course end, they both are back in Mumbai, in their respective residences. Kabir’s brother Karan (Arjan Bajwa) is about to get married and for the same he decides to go and pick Preeti up from her house for the occasion. Things take an ugly turn when Preeti’s father catches them sharing a private moment on the terrace. If this was not bad enough, Preeti is also forced to get married to a guy, who is his father’s choice, and Kabir can’t do anything to stop it. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film’s story is interesting and something from out of the top drawer. Although the premise is same as the original, the makers have left no stone unturned in making this a great watch. Although a few moments, or certain things seemed to be better in the original, but still the film is thoroughly entertaining. The plot is quite fresh and to a lot of the people, it would be quite relatable as well. The story is stitched together quite well and it comes across quite nicely on the big screen too. The biggest let down is the length of the movie which can get tedious. Clocking in at just under three-hour runtime, the movie does test the patience of the audiences especially in the second half.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran is pretty good and a few scenes have been shot brilliantly. Editing by Aarif Sheikh is average. He should have done better and maybe kept the film more crisp and a few scenes looked like they were dragged unnecessarily. The script and the story were obviously great and it shows. The music is great and it’s even better when watching the film. Bekhayali and Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage were the pick of the lot. The costume design was good. Production design could have been better because a lot of the scenes look the same as they did in ARJUN REDDY.

Performances from the actors were one of the highlights of the film. Shahid Kapoor completely steals the show with his act as Kabir. This is definitely up there as one of his best works. He gets everything right, from the looks to the act. He’s just fantastic. Kiara Advani as Preeti is brilliant as well. She fit the part perfectly as well and carries off the innocent look and the act with great ease. Both of them in the emotional scenes and especially in the climax are superb and their chemistry sizzles on the screen. Arjan Bajwa and Suresh Oberoi (Kabir’s father) provide great support. Soham Majumdar (Shiva) has a very crucial part and is very entertaining. The rest of the cast offer good support.

Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga does a brilliant job with this film. Though a lot of scenes look like the same from ARJUN REDDY, which he had only directed, he has still managed to make a thoroughly entertaining film. He has handled the emotional scenes with great care and it shows.

3.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a thunderous opening and is poised to be one of the sleeper smash-hits of the year.

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