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Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is one angry young man but he’s also a brilliant surgeon & a topper of his college. In a flashback sequence, we know about what led him to this path of self-destruction. As a legend has once said, “Ladki ka chakkar babubhaiya, ladki ka chakkar!”We’ve our leading lady in Preeti (Kiara Advani). A simple, sweet, introvert, who at first didn’t seem, will give her away just like that to someone like Kabir. Kabir, of course, is the most handsome guy around the campus, is her senior and has all the achievements. Preeti starts falling for Kabir and their relationship arc is built in the first half. It’s the second half that unfolds the dramatic portions of Kabir’s journey through his destruction.
Shahid Kapoor touches level he has never done in the past. For me, Haider was his best performance till date but Kabir Singh challenges that throne. The former was complex but the latter allows the star to express his emotions in a very expressive way. Kiara Advani feels & looks her character Preeti. It’s not about how charming she looks, it’s about how well she holds her space when she’s on screen. It’s not at all easy to make your presence felt when you’ve another performer grabbing all the eyeballs. Kiara manages to hold our attention to her performance very well. Soham Majumdar as Shahid’s close friend Shiva contributes highly to the humour quotient of the film. He’s good in emotional sequences too. Arjan Bajwa as Shahid’s brother Karan delivers a fine performance too.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s direction is minus any compromise. He extracts a top-notch performance from Shahid; ensures the drama doesn’t look forced & is not more than required. A healthy amount of humour also makes 171 minutes an entertaining ride. He goes lenient with the pace of the film, which at times comes in as an obstacle for it. Tight editing, removing various unwanted sequences could’ve worked wonders for it. So happy with the way songs were partially used in the film. Most of them were cut in paragraphs including some scenes in between them. This is rare for Bollywood but works very well. Jubin Nautiyal’s Tujhe Kitna Chahe Aur Hum is the best-placed song but I’m humming Vishal Mishra’s Kaise Hua since I’m out. Best song of the album – Bekhayali disappoints with its placement. That level of audio needed another level of video presence.