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'Kabir Singh' director faces backlash after interview

Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga said that the liberty to slap one's partner was an indicator of true love
The controversy around the film 'Kabir Singh' began with its release, as many people found it misogynistic

The Telegraph   |   New Delhi   |   Published 07.07.19, 04:28 PM

Kabir Singh may have entered the Rs 200 crore club, but it has also riled a considerable number of people. The controversy around the movie began with its release with many people describing it as misogynistic and patriarchal.

The anger had barely cooled down, when it was stoked again by the film’s director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who, in an interview with film critic Anupama Chopra, chose to subscribe to the very actions for which the hero of the movie was lambasted.

Asked about the criticism his film attracted from the critics, Vanga said: 'I feel it's pseudo because...you know...when you're deeply in love, deeply connected with a woman and vice versa, there's a lot of honesty in it. And if you don't have that physical demonstration ...if you don't have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don't see anything there.”

A fresh barrage of tweets followed, this time tearing into the filmmaker for personally endorsing the lead character’s conduct in the movie. 

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Some tried to lighten the situation via memes. 

A journalist even responded with an anecdote relating an incident from her personal life. 

The criticism against the film or the filmmaker, however, is far from all-round. There were many who stood by Vanga, and praised him for his “honest” answer. 

And then there was this tweet.

As much as he is despised by his critics, could Kabir Singh be used to deter people from very vices he has become a symbol of?



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