It is one thing to do something wrong, and entirely different to defend it and even be proud of it.
Unfortunately, Kabir Singh director Sandeep Vanga seems to be following the latter part of the statement.
In his first major interview post the release of his own 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy's remake, the director defended the film, its toxicity, and misogyny.
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'Kabir Singh' is a box-office champion, despite scathing reviews
For the uninitiated, Kabir Singh, Sandeep's debut Hindi movie, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in the lead, has turned out to be a rage at the box office, despite having received some scathing reviews. It has already raked in Rs. 218 crore.
I knew it would be a big success: Vanga
In an interview with film journalist Anupama Chopra, a confident Sandeep said, "When I started this film, I knew it would be a big success at the box office, but I never thought that the rage would be repeated, and it has multiplied four times now."
He adds that he is hopeful the film will cross the rare Rs. 300 crore mark.
"You have liberty of slapping your loved ones"
Upon being asked about mistreatment of women in his film, and the unabashed display of toxic masculinity, the filmmaker replied, "When you are deeply in love and deeply connected to a woman, if you don't have the liberty of slapping each other, then I don't see anything there."
Well, we feel sorry for your narrow definition of love, sir!
Sandeep believes the criticism was because the critics "hate" him
Clearly unable to deal with criticism, Sandeep slammed the critics who gave his film a bad review, saying that, "Probably they (critics) never experienced (love) in the right way."
He went on to add that, "They were only on the feminist side, they didn't speak about anything else."
Too blinded to find fault in himself/his product, he said, "They (the critics) hate me."
Sandeep believes one can "touch your woman wherever you want"
It's utterly shocking how one can try and justify their wrongdoings with even more dangerous-sounding remarks.
Speaking of a certain scene in the film in which the male protagonist physically abuses his female counterpart, the director said, "If you can't slap, if you can't touch your woman wherever you want, if you can't kiss, I don't see emotion there."
Dear sir, can you please stop making films already?
Some unsolicited advice coming your way, but someone has to say it!
When someone who has the power to influence so many with his art(?), holds (and is even apparently proud of) such regressive and toxic thoughts, we aren't going ahead, as a society.
So, for the sake of this country and a healthy society, can you please stop making films already, dear sir?