Bollywood actress Kiara Advani, who played the female lead in 2019 blockbuster film 'Kabir Singh' said that she is not a fan of the character.
'Kabir Singh' is one of the most controversial films of the year due to the glorification of toxic masculinity, abuse in relationships and misogyny.
Kiara said that she was not comfortable with some of the scenes in the film, but it just shows that the character played by Shahid Kapoor is flawed and should not be glorified or followed.
She opined that she does not like Kabir Singh as a character and is glad that people are debating on the film and its nature, but she does not want to dwell upon it more.
'Kabir Singh’ received severe flak from both audience and critics for the depiction of misogyny in the film though several sections defended and praised the film.
In the film, Shahid character forces a woman to have sex with him at knifepoint. He kisses Kiara's character and even drags her out of the class against her will. He slaps her for turning down the relationship with him.
The director Sandeep Reddy Vanga defended the abuse saying that that's how couples are in real life and that it is not love "if the pair don't have the liberty to slap each other."
Shahid Kapoor defended his character saying that he is supposed to be flawed. He questioned why no one calls Shah Rukh Khan's character from 'Baazigar' toxic.
Despite the criticisms, 'Kabir Singh' became one of the highest-grossing films and one of the most searched films in Google.
Filmmaker Nandita Das said that the film's success shows that nation endorses misogyny. Sucharita Tyagi faced cyberbullying for giving the film a negative review. Vidya Balan said that Shahid's character does not deserve the sympathy and Kiara's character should not have gone back to him.
South Indian actress Parvathy Thiruvoth slammed the misogyny in both 'Kabir Singh' and its Telugu version 'Arjun Reddy'. Deepika Padukone said that filmmakers should show social responsibility.
However, several people such as Rangoli Chandel, scriptwriter Kanika Dhillon, actor Manoj Bajpayee etc defended the film.