After the terrible bashing that Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Kabir Singh took for promoting toxic masculinity, misogyny and violence against women, at the end of the day the Bollywood remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy has proved to be a bumper success. In 16 days at the theatres, Kabir Singh became one of the big grossers of 2019 and collected Rs. 226.11 crore till yesterday, the scathing reviews notwithstanding. Trade sources are watching it inch towards Rs. 250 crore this weekend.
Meanwhile, the main beneficiary of Kabir Singh is the romantic drama’s lead actor Shahid Kapoor. The actor, who believes Indian heroes no longer have to stick to playing the ideal man because today’s audience is evolved enough to accept and love even likeable, flawed characters like Kabir Singh, suddenly finds his fortunes on an upswing.
Shahid, whose last film Batti Gul Meter Chalu in September 2018 did not fare well at the box office, had been looking for a hit to re-establish the aura of success he had built around himself after Padmaavat earlier in the year. Unfortunately, the social drama which ran into trouble with former producer Prerna Arora defaulting on payments did not prove to be that film.
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But Kabir Singh undoubtedly is Shahid’s vehicle to being counted among Bollywood’s top actors today. And, according to PeepingMoon.com sources, Shahid believes he is bankable enough to hike his fee. It is being whispered that the actor is looking at charging Rs. 30 crore for his next film.
“And why not?” asked a trade source. “Shahid has hit the jackpot with Kabir Singh. His film has entered the Top 15 big grossers of all time (and is still counting), in the process displacing biggies like Bharat (Rs. 215 crore), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Rs. 210 crore) and Golmaal Again (Rs.205.7 crore). He suddenly finds himself almost in the same bracket as the Khans!”