Kabir Singh | Not a Movie Review (Honestly, just a Rant)
. “Kabir Singh aka Arjun Reddy glorifies toxic masculinity.” Yes, sure but it depends a lot on how you exactly define glorification. If pissing in one’s pants is glorification then sure it is. If losing your girl, career and slogging your sorry ass in a beat-up apartment on drugs and alcoholism then yes Kabir Singh surely promotes toxic masculinity. The thing people fail to notice is if a film is named after a character that doesn’t mean the character is a hero and in many ways Kabir Singh is NOT. In fact in more than half of the film, he presents a classic case of an antihero. From here on, this review contains spoilers. Tread carefully. .
First, if you watch the film with prejudice, clearly you would fail to notice what the film is trying to convey. After all, it doesn't even try to convey anything. It tells the story exactly the way it happened. Period. A story's motive is not always to send a message. It's not always about the heroics. Sometimes, it is about degradation too. However, it does become important to notice how the antihero in question loses all just because of his borderline psychotic behaviour and things never get sorted for him until he finally announces that he would change for good. The temper is always there, the self-destructive tendencies too. But in no way the film tries to glorify it. And I am not talking for the gullible audience who gives thunderous applause to Salman Bhai films. No film speaks to them in any case. So if they root for a psycho trying to rape a woman, they lose their credibility there and then. Films never tell you how to feel. It’s your own inherent thought process that resonates with the frames appearing onscreen. You want to be a Kabir Singh? Try once and fail miserably. Or even if you manage to succeed, witness your life going down the toilet. Sure how he pursued his woman was downright insane and probably that’s where the film fails. It fails to communicate the romance from the lady’s perspective (continued in comments) - 22 minutes ago