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Terribly misogynistic: CBFC member Vani Tripathi Tikoo on Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Kabir Singh’

New Delhi: Censor board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo has blasted Shahid Kapoor-starrer “Kabir Singh” for glorifying violence against women, labelling the film as “terribly misogynistic”. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga of “Arjun Reddy” fame, “Kabir Singh” is the third take on the story, which was also remade in Tamil as “Adithya Varma”. All three versions have drawn criticism for their depiction of toxic masculinity as the central character, a doctor, descends into self-destruction and alcoholism following a heartbreak.

“I’m serious about this thought that Misogyny is ‘Infectious’ have been noticing the narrative around #KABIRSINGH past few days..What a terribly misogynistic and extremely violent film! ‘Arjun Reddy’ was bad enough and now this remake! Am I surprised it’s doing well… Well Well!” Vani tweeted.

In another post, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member questioned Shahid for his decision to star in the film, which raked in Rs 70 crore in its opening weekend.

“I find it baffling that “Big Stars” make these choices who actually lead by Example! As the Cinematic journey of the country has gone beyond its ‘Traditional’ Women as ‘Eye Candy’ routine. Can we remember how movie characters are idolised?” Vani said.

I’m serious about this thought that Misogyny is “Infectious” have been noticing the narrative around #KABIRSINGH past few days..What a terribly misogynistic and extremely violent film! Arjun Reddy was bad enough and now this remake! Am I surprised it’s doing well …Well Well!

— Vani Tripathi Tikoo (@vanityparty) June 25, 2019

I find it baffling that “Big Stars” make these choices who actually lead by Example! As the Cinematic journey of the country has gone beyond its “Traditional” Women as “Eye Candy” routine. Can we remember how movie characters are idolised? #StopMisogyny #KabirSingh

— Vani Tripathi Tikoo (@vanityparty) June 25, 2019

Someone asked me after my last post what’s wrong with an Actor choosing a role? Dear pal there is never a wrong or a right it’s the choices that you make on screen to portray is what defines who you are! A character is only a piece of written paper if not enlivened by an actor!

— Vani Tripathi Tikoo (@vanityparty) June 25, 2019

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“Someone asked me after my last post what’s wrong with an Actor choosing a role? Dear pal there is never a wrong or a right it’s the choices that you make on screen to portray is what defines who you are! A character is only a piece of written paper if not enlivened by an actor!” she added.

Vani Tripathi has also acted in multiple Bollywood films like ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Dushman’ and ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’

Previously, singer Sona Mohapatra had criticised the film.

“How can we keep such deeply disturbing, dark & dangerous politics ‘aside’? Does the actor have no responsibility for choosing to play a part in a narrative that can set us back as a society? Is that all we have become? Creatures of ambition? #LetsTalk #India #KabirSingh,” the singer had tweeted.

& how can we keep such deeply disturbing , dark & dangerous politics ‘aside’? Does the actor have no responsibility for choosing to play a part in a narrative that can set us back as a society? Is that all we have become? Creatures of ambition? #LetsTalk #India #KabirSingh https://t.co/UxUbWdOpAF

— SONA (@sonamohapatra) June 21, 2019

There are 99 problems but @shahidkapoor ain’t one. Leaving the politics of the film aside, it’s a brilliant portrayal. In every frame and owned each of ’em. ????#KabirSingh

— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) June 21, 2019

Sure we must! Exactly the conversation which ensued post watching the film. It’s something I ask myself too having done a fairly popular role which in parts did succumb to the narrative of patriarchy & machismo but eventually redeemed himself.
Contd..

— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) June 22, 2019

A dialogue is a must. We must question it, discuss it.

As an artist, must I judje the character I play? Maybe not.
As a thinking individual? Yes.
Can we seperate the performance from the performer?

Tough questions we must ask ourselves, given the times we are in.

— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) June 22, 2019

(with inputs added in PTI)

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