Kabir Singh has given Shahid Kapoor his first ever solo 100 crore film of his career. The movie may not have impressed the critics exactly, who have termed the film portrays ‘Toxic Masculinity”, the film nonetheless, has set the cash registers ringing at domestic ticket windows. The film has crossed the coveted Rs 100 crore-mark in just five days of release. Directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh also stars Kiara Advani in a prominent role.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film made Rs 16.5 crore on Tuesday, taking the total to Rs 104 crore. The film opened to critics widely panning it for its ‘toxic masculinity’ and misogynistic attitude. “The overwhelming success of Kabir Singh has left the industry shocked and stunned,” he wrote. “All calculations have gone for a toss.”
Offering a comparison of how quickly Kabir Singh took to cross the Rs 100 crore mark, Taran wrote that Kabir Singh accomplished the feat faster than Akshay Kumar’s Kesari (7 days), Ranveer Singh’s Gully Boy (8 days) and the ensemble comedy Total Dhamaal (9 days). Only one movie crossed the mark quicker: Salman Khan’s Bharat, in four days, but in over 1000 more theatres than Kabir Singh.
Despite the harsh reviews, the audiences have remained unaffected. Kabir Singh — a remake of the 2017 Telugu hit Arjun Reddy – has been on a record-breaking spree ever since the release on June 21.
Meanwhile, Salman Khan’s Bharat, a super hit itself has survived the emergence of Kabir Singh. Since entering the 200 crore club in its second week, Bharat has been on a steady decline. Released on Eid on June 5, 2019, Bharat is the highest Bollywood opener of this year with a collection of Rs 42.30 crore. It also happens to be Salman Khan’s biggest Eid opener.
But Kabir Singh’s prominence has hit Salman’s film really bad. It seems we are witnessing the last few days before Bharat gets replaced on the screens by new upcoming films.