"Kabir Singh" Review: With Charming Lead And Effective Storytelling, "Kabir Singh" Is A Remake Done Right

Mohnish Singh |Jun 21, 2019

"Kabir Singh" is an official remake of the cult Telugu film, "Arjun Reddy". Headlined by Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, the remake chronicles the life of a brilliant surgeon and how a breakup with his college sweetheart changes his life forever.

After months of wait, Kabir Singh is finally in theatres. What makes the film so much-awaited by cinephiles is its source material; Kabir Singh is an official remake of Telugu-language film Arjun Reddy (2017), which has gained a cult status in no time.

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The original film starred Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey, and Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani play their respective roles in the Hindi remake. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s find out what Kabir Singh is all about and whether or not it is worth your time and money.

Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is the most meritorious medical student and equally proficient surgeon that Delhi Institute of Medical Sciences has ever produced. The entire college is in awe of him. However, he has some shortcomings too. Kabir Singh is ticked off at the slightest provocation and he just cannot control his anger no matter what.

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As the new session begins, he falls in love with Preeti (Kiara Advani), a demure medical student from the fresh batch. Both get into a serious relationship, but the twist in the tale comes when their families raise objections to their marriage. Preeti is married off to a man she not even know, something that leads Kabir Singh to goes deep into a self-destructive rampage.

Will Kabir and Preeti ever meet? Will their path cross again? Will now a womanizer, an alcoholic and a drug addict Kabir Singh manage to maintain his reputation of being one of the best surgeons in the country?

What’s Hot?

As Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor delivers a performance which is beyond expectations. He gets the maximum screen time and the actor ensures that he makes the most of it. Shahid always excels at characters which require him to be reckless and careless and he pulls off Kabir Singh with the same panache. This is definitely one of his best performances.

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Kiara Advani as a quiet, reserved girl impresses too. But the problem is that the storyline does not turn away from Kabir Singh to focus more on her character. Her character needed more depth and more scope to perform, which sadly does not happen with Preeti.

Having said that, the actress does manage to leave an impression even in the presence of Shahid Kapoor. In some of the scenes, she steals the show even from the male lead and that is definitely not a mean feat for an actress who is barely 3 films old in the industry.

Shahid Kabir Singh

Coming to direction and storytelling, Sandeep Vanga proves one thing loud and clear that retelling of some stories can be as effective and addictive as their source material. We all know that Kabir Singh is an adaptation of his own work Arjun Reddy. People who have seen the original film may not find much novelty in Kabir Singh, but for others, it is an absolute delight, despite being a literal adaptation of the Telugu film.

Shahid Kapoor Kapoor Kiara Advani Kabir Singh

What’s Not?

Just like any other film, Kabir Singh also has some flaws and the biggest one of them being the length of the movie. With a runtime of close to 3 hours, Kabir Singh is insufferably long. There are some scenes which are way too lengthy and then there are some scenes which did not need to be there in the film at all. Had makers cut it short by at least 30 minutes, Kabir Singh would have turned out to be an unmissable affair. Having that said, it is still a good watch.

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Final Verdict

What makes Kabir Singh a must watch is a rousing performance from Shahid Kapoor and also the fact that how it deals with modern relationships, heartbreak and melancholy that a broken heart sparks off. On the flipside of it is the exhausting length of the film along with an excess of cumbersome elements to the storyline which detract from the core love story.  I am still going with 3 stars.

Movie Details

Banner: Cine1 Studios, T-Series
Director: Sandeep Vanga
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani
Runtime: 172 Minutes
STARBIZ Rating: 3 Stars

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