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‘Kabir Singh’ crosses 250 crore-mark in India

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Shahid Kapoor’s comeback blockbuster “Kabir Singh” shows no signs of slowing down. After pipping “Uri” and “Bharat” to become the biggest Bollywood hit of the year so far, the film has now romped past the Rs 250-crore mark in the domestic market.

“‘Kabir Singh’ stays strong, despite ‘Super 30’ making a dent in business (multiplexes specifically). (Week 4) Friday – Rs 2.54 crore. Total: Rs 252.14 crore. India business,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Saturday.

Ever since the film hit the screens on June 21, it has been slammed by many, especially women, for celebrating “toxic masculinity”. That, however, clearly does not seem to have affected the film’s box office prospects. The film has been a winner right from the start. Earlier when it crossed the Rs 100-crore mark in India, it became Shahid’s first solo-starring century grosser.

“Kabir Singh”, which casts Shahid as a self-destructive lover, is Shahid’s first solo superhit after R… Rajkumar in 2013. The film is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy”, and draws heavy inspiration from the “Devdas” formula.

“Kabir Singh” continues its strong run despite this week’s big release, the Hrithik Roshan-starrer “Super 30”, which had a decent Day 1 on Friday, collecting Rs 11.83 crore.

“Business picked up at metros/urban centres (Mumbai and South specifically) towards evening. Mass pockets are ordinary/dull. Should witness growth on Day 2 and 3. Sustaining and proving its mettle on weekdays crucial. Friday – Rs 11.83 crore. India business,” Taran tweeted on Saturday about “Super 30”.

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US box office : Oh Baby holds well, Kabir Singh is fantastic

Lady superstar Samantha Akkineni’s latest offering Oh Baby is having a decent run at the US box office as it collected more than half a million dollars in the first weekend. Hindi version of Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh is continuing it’s fantastic run and surpassed the $ 2M mark on Sunday.

Oh Baby started off on a promising note with $ 146K from Thursday premiers. Due to good reports, there is a slight uptick of collections on Friday and Saturday as the film collected $ 153K and $ 155K respectively. By Sunday afternoon, the film entered the half a million dollars club. Even though it is not so impressive run given the pre release buzz, Oh Baby did well in the weekend considering its genre and casting. Samantha nailed with her stunning performance in this quirky comedy caper. Nandini Reddy is the director.

Meanwhile, the controversial Bollywood remake film Kabir Singh is continuing it’s strong run in overseas as it crossed the prestigious $ 2M club on Sunday. Despite low ratings, the hard hitting romantic drama has managed to pull in good crowds in the second weekend to extend its dream run. Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who helmed the original, is the director. Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani played the lead roles.

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Sandeep Reddy hits out at Bolly critics strongly, defends his writing

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Tollywood director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has lashed out strongly at Bollywood critics for rating his debut film Kabir Singh, an official remake of Arjun Reddy, very low and making derogatory comments on his directional skills. In an interview with film companion, Sandeep Reddy came down heavily on critics and called them parasites who are a threat to film industry. He defended his writing skills and said it is not love if there is no liberty of slapping each other.

Reacting on 2 star rating given by noted critic Rajeev Masand, whom he called a fat guy, Sandeep said audience gave 200 Crores at box office. He added that when critics glorified the unsavoury journey of Sanjay Dutt in his biopic Sanju and gave 3.5 rating why are they having a problem with Kabir Singh which is honest storytelling. He also clarified that he will continue making films in his own way not giving much heed to critics.

Sandeep said the original version also received flak from critics and some section of audience, but Kabir Singh received four times the same. These harsh statements from Sandeep are likely to raise further discussion in Bollywood film circles.

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Arjun Reddy Hindi Remake Set To Be A Huge Blockbuster

Kabir Singh which is a Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy is having a great run at the box-office and is set to emerge as a Blockbuster. The film which has collected a Nett of 70.9 cr in its first weekend has added 17.55 cr on its first Monday taking four days total to 88.4 Cr. What surprised the trade is the terrific hold of the film on Monday as collections are more than 85% of Friday which itself was a very good day. At this rate the film is expected to breach 200 cr mark in its full run which means it is a huge blockbuster.

Day wise All India Nett Collections for Kabir Singh

Day 1 – 20.22 Cr
Day 2 – 22.73 Cr
Day 3 – 27.90 Cr
Day 4 – 17.55 Cr

Total – 88.40 Cr

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‘Kabir Singh’: A Shahid Kapoor canvas

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Rating 3/5

A Hindi remake of the popular Telegu film “Arjun Reddy”, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s “Kabir Singh”, is the story of an academically brilliant medical student Kabir (Shahid Kapoor) who goes on to become an orthopaedic surgeon, but suffers from severe anger management problems, to the point of getting possessed with anger and getting violent and destructive.

With an unconventional mindset, Kabir thinks differently and does not feel the need to conform to societal norms. After getting violent in a football match where he mercilessly beats up the opponent, he is asked to apologise or leave. He opts to leave, but by happenstance, sets his eyes on a fresher, Preeti (Kiara Advani), who has just joined the medical college.

It is love at first sight and a determined him, stays back in college. His love borders on obsession and how it changes the course of his life, forms the crux of this two hour 55 minutes film.

Their love story is unconventional, yet, intense. The narrative begins on a preposterous note to the point of being repulsive, but does so with the intent of establishing Kabir’s character, his hot-headed nature and short fuse.

The self-destructive phase of Kabir’s life where he becomes an alcoholic and takes drugs, makes for a bit of tedious viewing post half time, but one is convinced of his pain and misery. He is not the archetypal Devdas kind of lover, but instead one who firmly believes, Preeti belongs exclusively to him and should thus be with him.

The film is Shahid Kapoor’s canvas and he portrays the noir and naturally flawed character, Kabir Singh with unmatched sincerity. A nuanced performance, inclusive of all the excesses his character is guilty of, Shahid makes them look real, even though in reality they may seem incredulous. His pain, anger, obsession, caring and even self-destruction appear raw and real.

Matching him is Kiara Advani as Preeti Sikka, a quiet and timid girl, who understands his obsessive love and gradually falls deeply in love with him. She exercises restraint and delivers a strong performance that leaves an impact.

Soham Majumdar as Kabir’s best friend Shiva is a treat to watch. Spontaneous and natural, he is convincing as the devoted friend, who will go to any lengths to see his friend happy and is distraught when Kabir is harming himself, yet stand by him in his darkest phase.

Arjan Bawa as Kabir’s doting elder brother, Karan is effective as are Kamini Kaushal as Dadi and Suresh Oberoi as his father. Nikita Dutta as Ria Sharma, an actress looks striking and is promising.

The back ground score and music complement the situations and mood of the film. “Bekhyali” and “Tujhe kitna chahne lage” stand out.

Overall, the film is engaging and worth a watch.

Rating : 3/5

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Kiara Advani playing a de-glam role

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Bollywood diva Kiara Advani who is known for playing glamorous roles is going to sport a de-glam role for the first time in her career. As per the latest reports, she is going to appear with any make-up in her upcoming film Kabir Singh which is the official remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy.

Kiara is reprising the role of Preethi, played by Shalini Pandey in the origin version. She revealed her look from Kabir Singh and it is clear that the Bharat Ane Nenu and Vinaya Vidheya Rama actress is appearing a de-glam role in the film. She is seen wearing a salwar kameez and a pony tail in the first look.

Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor, is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who directed the original. The Hindi version will be more hard hitting and intense compared to Telugu version.

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