Mumbai-based doctor Pradeep Gadge has filed a complaint against the makers of Kabir Singh for negative portrayal of doctors in the film. He has also written to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Minstry of Information asking for the film to be pulled from theatres.
The doctor wrote in his complaint that he was taken aback with Shahid Kapoor’s character, saying he abused women, bullied people at his workplace and performed surgeries while drunk. He reportedly also questioned the CBFC for clearing the film and urged the Medical Association of India to also speak up.
According to a report by The Hindu, he wrote in his complaint, “The doctor in the film guides nurses to perform an operation when he is intoxicated to a level that indicates alcohol poisoning… I am fully aware and do acknowledge the fact that it is a work of fiction. But my concern and worry is that this work of fiction is depicting an extremely distorted image of reality.”
The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer is a Hindi remake of Vijay Deverakonda and Shalini Pandey’s Telugu film Arjun Reddy which released in 2017. Both the films, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, have the same story. Shahid Kapoor plays an alcoholic doctor and Kiara Advani is his girlfriend who is forced to marry someone else. The film opened to poor reviews and Hindi version has been facing backlash on social media for promoting toxic relationships.
According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, the cast and crew of the film have decided not to comment on the criticism. A source said, “No one is going to sit down and explain why Kabir Singh is what he is. There is really no explanation. And the more one tries to explain the more difficult it gets to fob off the growing volley of attacks, criticism and questioning. So it’s best to just keep quiet.”
However, the film, like the original is earning well at the box-office and is reportedly the third biggest Hindi film at the BO the year.