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Shahid Kapoor happy to have solo release for Kabir Singh, says ‘Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao are fantastic actors’

Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh was to clash with Kangana Ranaut’s Mental Hai Kya. The Kangana film has now been shifted to July 26, avoiding the clash.

bollywood Updated: May 14, 2019 08:32 IST
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Shahid Kapoor gestures as he poses for photographs during the trailer launch of the upcoming Hindi film 'Kabir Singh' in Mumbai on May 13.(AFP)

Actor Shahid Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film, Kabir Singh, has said he is happy that his film is now getting a solo release, after Kangana Ranaut-Rajkummar Rao-starrer Mental Hai Kya shifted to July 26.

The film was earlier clashing with Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s “Mental Hai Kya” on June 21, but later the latter film’s producer Ekta Kapoor shifted the date to July 26. As a result, “Kabir Singh” will have a solo release. Shahid has wished Kangana and Rajkummar good luck with their film. “We announced the release date of the film a year back, and we are very clear that we are coming on this date. We are happy that we had a solo release. Now, of course, there was announcement that they (Ekta Kapoor) chose to shift the dates themselves. I wish them all the best. Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut are fantastic actors and we’re happy that we have a solo release right now.”

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Shahid, Kiara Advani and the makers of the film launched the trailer of Kabir Singh, a remake of the 2017 Telugu film Arjun Reddy. The film is laced with foul language and shows alcohol and drug abuse.

The film is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification. Shahid said: “We are hoping to get a U/A certificate. We don’t know whether we will get it or not. There is only belief that there is no reason for us not to get the U/A certificate. It is important that today we are able to tell stories honestly without sugar coating. I think audiences are mature enough to understand that and censors should give into that. There is nothing in the film which is off-putting. It is an honest depiction and it should be allowed to showcase itself.”

He also said the use of alcohol and cigarettes is just to express the pain of the character, and that the audience should not get drawn into it. The film has received flak for the use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and foul language.

Talking about the film and the dark streak of the character he plays, Shahid said here on Monday: “This is a very special film. It is straight from the heart, and I think best films are ones which come straight from the heart. ‘Kabir Singh’ is an intense love and beautiful love story and please don’t get drawn into the fact that there is alcohol, cigarettes and things like that are shown in the film. Sometimes to show the pain a man goes through, you need to use certain things to help the audience understand that and there is a lot of honesty in the film.”

Shahid said constant comparisons are being drawn to the edgy characters that he has played in Udta Punjab and Haider. However, he asserted that his “Kabir Singh” role is “very different from the characters I’ve played before”.

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“Everyone thinks it a very edgy role and people are drawing parallels to my role of Tommy Singh in ‘Udta Punjab’ and some portions of ‘Haider’. But this is a love story and the insanity is there because of the fact that the man has a broken heart, and there is deep emotion at the heart of this film.”

Kabir Singh is written and directed by Sandeep Vanga and is jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series. The film will release on June 21.

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First Published: May 14, 2019 08:29 IST