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Kiara Advani defends playing Preeti in Kabir Singh, addresses backlash against film: 'We can’t cancel everyone'

Oct 19, 2023 02:09 PM IST

Kiara Advani's character was criticised by some for willingly participating in an abusive relationship. Kabir Singh featured Shahid Kapoor in the lead role.

Kiara Advani has said that some people might have found Kabir Singh (2019) unpalatable and toxic, but at least it drew attention to unhealthy relationships. In an interview with Femina, Kiara opened up about her character Preeti from Kabir Singh, 'possibly her most infamous role ever'. The actor spoke about not seeing things as black and white, or judging the characters she plays. Also read: Sona Mohapatra slams Shahid Kapoor for doing ‘misogynistic, patriarchal’ Kabir Singh

Kabir Singh faced a lot of criticism for its allegedly sexist themes, despite being one of the biggest hits of 2019.
Kabir Singh faced a lot of criticism for its allegedly sexist themes, despite being one of the biggest hits of 2019.

Kiara says Kabir Singh started a conversation

She said, “I have never played a character I didn’t like. If I don’t like my character, I better not be doing the movie. We need to accept that there are all sorts of people. We can’t cancel everyone." Kiara added, "If Kabir Singh didn’t start a conversation, that would be problematic. But it did, and that’s a great thing. What we can do is grow from it. That is what matters.”

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Kiara Advani's character was slapped by her boyfriend (Shahid Kapoor) in Kabir Singh.
Kiara Advani's character was slapped by her boyfriend (Shahid Kapoor) in Kabir Singh.

What she said earlier about Kabir slapping Preeti

Kabir Singh was a remake of Vijay Devarakonda’s Telugu film Arjun Reddy, which was also directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Kabir Singh was a box office hit, but it had received mixed to negative reviews from audience and critics for the way it showed the relationship between Shahid Kapoor's Kabir and Kiara's Preeti.

This is not the first time that Kiara Advani spoke about Kabir Singh and the criticism that came her way after the release. The actor had defended her character Preeti from the film in a 2022 interview with Bollywood Hungama.

She had said, “There was a lot of love coming in after the release. But there was this one side that was questioning a lot of important things about the film as well. My opinion has always been very clear and for me deep down it’s a love story and the thing about love is that it’s the only thing that will allow you to forgive certain behaviours in life. Relationships are very complex and it’s very easy for a third person to say ‘get out of that relationship’. But for two people in that relationship, it is another complication altogether.”

Talking about how people focussed on just one part of the movie, the actor had further said, “As for Preeti, after that slap in the movie she leaves him (Kabir) you don’t see that, you forget about that. The fact that she went back to him, had a few sections of people saying ‘oh she shouldn’t have gone back’. But I feel that this is what made heart at the end and that’s what love does. Although at the end of the day it’s just a film and just a story.”

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