Kabir Singh could well have been a Bollywood original. Such an entitled and boorish character, with anger management issues bordering on psychopathic behaviour isn’t out of place in Delhi (or the larger National Capital Region). It must have been precisely because of this fact that major portions of the film is set in Delhi, with Punjabi characters to boot.
The fact that Kabir Singh is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy doesn’t reflect anywhere in the movie. Director Sandeep Vanga, who helmed both projects, has kept the story, characters, plot line and scenes intact and manages to get Shahid Kapoor to internalise the psychopathic character. But beyond the performances of Kapoor and some of the other actors, the film is a pain for the audience due to its diligence in preserving misogyny and masculine toxicity.