The Mumbai Police shared a series of Bollywood film scenes in which characters are seen displaying misogynistic behaviour on its official Instagram handle, and Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh bagged a double mention. The video starts off with a line from the film in which the character asks his girlfriend to fix her dupatta.
The caption to the post read, “Cinema is a reflection of our society. Here are (just) a few (of many) dialogues both our society and cinema need to reflect upon. Choose your words and actions with care - unless you want the law to intervene.”
Kabir Singh was heavily criticised upon release for glorifying abusive behaviour displayed by the titular character played by Kapoor. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the 2019 film follows the life of a man with severe anger and violence issues. In a previous interview with Bollywood Hangama, Kapoor highlighted the anger as a flaw in the character, saying, “There is only one problem with Kabir Singh – his anger management. Whether it is his love, his dog, the bai….whenever he loses his temper he messes up. In the first scene itself in the film, the dad says your brother is zero.”
Other scenes that made it into the post included a part from Dabangg in which Salman Khan’s character threatens to hit Sonakshi Sinha’s character, a scene from Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam in which Shah Rukh Khan’s character explains the duties of a wife to Madhuri Dixit’s character, and a scene from Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do in which the character played by Rahul Bose speaks of how he allows his wife to work.
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