Kabir Singh is a remake of director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Telugu hit Arjun Reddy. He wanted to create an “unusual love story” where the main character looks at a girl in a “particular way” and expresses his emotions. Shahid Kapoor plays the character Kabir Singh, is the story’s third take. It was also made again in Tamil as Adithya Varma. Criticism has been drawn for all three versions for their portrayal of harmful masculinity as the main character, a doctor, stoops into alcoholism and self-destruction subsequent to heartbreak. In an interview, Sandeep Reddy Vanga told news agency PTI that if the story is like girl meets boy it becomes usual. It was intentional in making the story atypical. It is regarding this character having a particular way of judging a girl, a particular way of conveying his love and his emotions for her.
It is regarding how his life transforms suddenly because of love. Love does change things. The director further said that he has tried in making the story, the character as simple and real as possible. The director mentioned he does not have the plan to make the film again in a different language since he is finished with the story. He was thinking it might get made again into other south Indian languages however never contemplated it will be made again into Hindi. He does not know why he felt that. Sandeep said that doing it in Hindi was a nice feeling and added that he does not want to do further remakes. He is finished with it and does not have the patience.
Asked whether reports mentioning that his own life was the inspiration for making the film were true, Sandeep told that when something is written directly from your heart, it becomes a story of your own in a way.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga has made small twists in the Hindi version however. Eight-nine main scenes that are emotional are preserved the way it is from the original film. He had said that he had added some things in Kabir Singh that were originally there in Arjun Reddy however he had to cut it due to length issues.
The character of Shahid Kapoor is into alcohol and substance abuse however Sandeep said it was done only to remain true to the individuality of Kabir Singh. He mentioned that he has done what was required for the film. He knows that a segment in the audience may feel it is not right. He does not think people in the present age and day would duplicate things like that.
The success Arjun Reddy got has made Sandeep Reddy Vanga a name in the household in his homeland and he is currently looking forward to directing his next Telugu film with the superstar in south Mahesh Babu. He said that the audience has identified with his work with only one film. An impression has been made by him that he will make meaningful cinema and he will be working hard towards proving it with each film.