Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani are on cloud nine. Their new release, Kabir Singh, is taking the box office by storm. After earning Rs 70.83 crore in its opening weekend, the film passed the Monday test with flying colours. According to early estimates, it earned around Rs 12 crore, taking its total collection so far to Rs 82.83 crore.
Kabir Singh, which released in 3123 screens in India, is going strong in single screens as well as multiplexes. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the film is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy.
Despite getting negative reviews and not releasing on a holiday, Kabir Singh has emerged as the fourth biggest Hindi opener at the domestic box office this year. Even when the entire film was leaked by piracy website TamilRockers, it did not impact the business much.
Kabir Singh overtook Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat to become Shahid's biggest-ever opener. The actor took to Instagram to share a happy picture with Kiara and director Sandeep Reddy Vanga after the first weekend numbers came in.
Meanwhile, critics have slammed Kabir Singh for its toxic masculinity. India Today reviewer Ananya Bhattacharya gave it 1.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Misogyny is not cool. Neither is Kabir Singh."
"Kabir Singh the film is the same film as Arjun Reddy. It is the same story, the same dialogues, the same character, the same. So if you have seen Arjun Reddy, you would know that Shahid Kapoor is merely play-acting, trying to do a Vijay Deverakonda. Shahid tries so hard to be Vijay Deverakonda that Kabir Singh loses himself after the first few scenes. So what did Sandeep Reddy Vanga and this entire cast and crew do with Kabir Singh? That's a question we don't yet have an answer to," she wrote.
Source: India Today