The teaser of Kabir Singh, nee Arjun Reddy, is out and there is both good news and bad news. The bad news is that Shahid Kapoor seems to be simply echoing the decadent, debauched and hedonistic moves of Vijay Devarakonda from the original Telugu film. The good news is that Shahid Kapoor is good at impersonating Vijay Devarakonda.
Although why an actor as skilled as Kapoor would want to just walk on the footprints of another actor is confusing. But then things haven’t exactly been going gung-ho for Shahid’s career. His last outing as Deepika Padukone’s royal husband in Padmaavat found him as miscast as Shakti Kapoor would be as Mahatma Gandhi.
In Kabir Singh, Shahid doesn’t seem miscast, he is mess-cast. To play a man as messed up as Arjun Reddy/Kabir Singh, you’ve got to have courage. But one keeps seeing Devarakonda in every shot of the teaser including the one where Kiara Advani gets a prudish peck on the cheek from this out-of-control rudderless surgeon who enters the OT dead drunk and kills a man on the table.
Do we really need an encore of this despicable man’s life story? We loved Arjun Reddy for its freshness, raw wickedness and sense of inverted morality. The same route taken again seems exhausting.
For fans, Arjun Reddy by any other name is Arjun Reddy. And to imagine any other actor except Vijay Deverakonda going down that decadent route is impractical....