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    'Kabir Singh' director slammed for misogynistic remarks; Rangoli Chandel comes out in support


    Vanga defended the male protagonist of 'Kabir Singh' in an interview.

    Rangoli Chandel (R) urged fans to protect Sandeep Reddy Vanga (L).
    Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Kabir Singh' has received mixed reviews since its release last month. While some are hailing Kapoor's brilliant portrayal of a self-destructive Kabir, others are upset with the character's toxic masculinity. Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has also received flak from fans. Recently, in an interview with film critic, Anupama Chopra, Vanga defended the male protagonist while saying that if there's no liberty of in a relationship (to slap one's partner), then it is not strong enough.

    While addressing the people who slammed his film for depicting Preeti, played by Kiara Advani, like a doormat in the relationship, Vanga said that his critics may have never 'been in love' or 'experienced it the right way'. He continued to say that in the film, Preeti slaps Kabir for no reason. However, Kabir had a reason to use violence. Vanga didn't stop here, he also said that if a man can't slap, he has no right to touch a woman where he wants.

    The interview released on Saturday and was shared by the 'Padmaavat' actor. His Twitter feeds were then flooded with flak from infuriated fans. While some people called Vanga's statements 'sick', others deemed them 'disturbing'.

    A tweet of support for Vanga came from the sister of Kapoor's 'Rangoon' co-star, Kangana Ranaut. Rangoli Chandel came out in support of the director and urged fans to 'protect' him.

    "I urge all outsiders to protect @imvangasandeep sir, He is no different than @ZoyaAkhtarOff so no step motherly treatment for him please."

    She then went on to slam the interviewer, Chopra, who asked Vanga why he wanted to make Hindi films.

    Chandel wrote, "@anupamachopra ji innocently asking @imvangasandeep ji why you want to work here in hindi movie? Why they ask south People these questions all the time, woh foreigners hai kya? yeh desh Sandeep ka hai, kyun is tarah ke questions pooche jate hain?.."

    'Kabir Singh' has been going strong on the box office since its release. The film entered the Rs 100 crore club in less than a week and became Kapoor's first-ever film to reach the benchmark. This week, the film is at Rs 235 crore. The movie is a remake of Telugu film 'Arjun Reddy'.

    More Politics, Please! Modi Biopic, 'Thackeray' & Other Films That Courted Controversy

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    Election Mode

    It's poll season in India.

    The 2019 multi-phased Lok Sabha elections have kicked off across the country. And it seems that political fervour has found flavour on screen as well. Biopics and films on political intrigue have created quite a buzz on social media, and away from it as well.

    This year, so far, has witnessed the announcement and release of three such movies on top political figures of the country across decades. While some of these have been deemed offensive, others have been touted as political propaganda. Hailed by fans, slammed by critics and trolls, these films nevertheless have been talked about.

    Here's a look at films with political hues that have courted controversy:

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