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Kabir Singh
Kabir Singh.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySandeep Vanga
Produced byMurad Khetani
Ashwin Varde
Bhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Story bySandeep Vanga
Based onArjun Reddy
StarringShahid Kapoor
Kiara Advani
Music bySoundtrack:
Mithoon
Amaal Mallik
Vishal Mishra
Sachet-Parampara
Score:
Harshavardhan Rameshwar
CinematographySanthana Krishnan Ravichandran
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Production
company
Cine1 Studios
T-Series
Release date
  • 21 June 2019 (2019-June-21)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Kabir Singh is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Sandeep Vanga. It is a remake of his own Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017). Jointly produced by Cine1 Studios and T-Series, the film stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani. It focuses on the title character, an alcoholic surgeon who goes on a self-destructive path after his ex-lover marries someone else. Principal photography began in October 2018, and ended in March 2019. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on 21 June 2019.

Premise

Kabir Rajveer Singh, a medical student, goes on a self-destructive path after his lover marries someone else.[1]

Cast

Production

Development

After the success of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017), its writer and director Sandeep Vanga wanted to remake it in Hindi with Ranveer Singh. When it did not work out, he approached Shahid Kapoor. However, producers Murad Khetani and Ashwin Varde of Cine1 Studios, who acquired the remake rights for Hindi, wanted Arjun Kapoor to play the male lead. Disappointed, Vanga said,"I've come to know that the remake rights of Arjun Reddy have been sold and it would star Arjun Kapoor. I am caught in a dilemma, as I've already locked Shahid for the role. It's a very embarrassing situation for me. I don't know how I'll face Shahid."[8] In April 2018, however, it was officially announced that Shahid Kapoor would star, with Vanga returning as director.[9]

Bhushan and Krishan Kumar of T-Series also produced the film,[10] while Vinod Bhanushali received a co-producer credit.[11] The dialogue was written by Siddharth–Garima. Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran was selected as the cinematographer, and Aarif Sheikh as editor.[12] Vanga was confident that the remake would be even more hard hitting than the original: "When I made Arjun Reddy, I wasn't sure where to draw the line in terms of representation of certain things. I don't think I'd have to restrict myself when it comes to the Hindi version. I believe I'll have more freedom in Bollywood."[9]

Casting

Tara Sutaria was initially announced as the female lead,[13] but left due to a delay in the filming of her debut release Student of the Year 2 causing scheduling conflicts.[14] The makers then hired Kiara Advani to play the role of Preeti,[15] after Vanga saw her performance in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016).[16] According to Vanga, "Kiara epitomises the female character in the film to the T. She has the perfect combination of innocence (in terms of looks) and maturity (in terms of performance) that's so important for the character".[17] Arjan Bajwa was initially hesitant to play the male lead's older brother, but accepted at the insistence of Vanga, for whom he was the only choice to play the character.[18] Amit Sharma, who appeared as Amit in the Telugu original, was chosen to reprise his role.[19]

Filming

The makers considered beginning the shoot in August, but it was delayed to September as Vanga wanted Kapoor to grow his beard more for the role.[20] Principal photography eventually began on 21 October 2018 at Mumbai,[21] and the title Kabir Singh was revealed on 25 October.[22] Vanga explained his reasons for choosing this title: "When we started work on the Hindi script, it was a very exciting journey. Kabir Singh, as the protagonist's name, came naturally, considering the character's graph. Kabir Singh has the same punch and madness of Arjun Reddy."[23]

Kapoor dons three different looks for the film. Regarding this he said, "There's a certain mind space and the present which the character is in and there's also the past which he has been part of. Along with this, there's the culmination. So, there are three distinct energies that the film needs."[24] He went through substantial workouts to portray Kabir Singh in two time periods; to achieve the character's "college boy" look, he shed 14 kilos of weight, and for the "puffy, groggy alcoholic" look, he worked out in a way that he would look "bigger but not muscular".[25] Principal photography wrapped on 29 March 2019.[26]

Soundtrack

Kabir Singh
Soundtrack album by
Recorded2017–18
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series

The soundtrack is composed by Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Sachet-Parampara and Vishal Mishra with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil.[27] Harshavardhan Rameshwar composed the score.[11]

Marketing

The official teaser of the film was released on 8 April 2019 by T-Series.[28] In a first-of-its-kind marketing deal, Kabir Singh will become the first Bollywood film to have its very own theatre. As many as 15 PVR theatres in 15 cities across India will be renamed as "Kabir Singh Ka Theatre", with auditoriums reflecting the characteristics of the title character played by Kapoor.[29] The film's official trailer was released on 13 May 2019.[11]

Release

Kabir Singh is scheduled to be released on 21 June 2019.[30] Khetani refused to release the film in Pakistan, following the 2019 Pulwama attack.[31]

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