Kabir Singh is a game changer for Shahid Kapoor. The film met with a grand reception at the box office, even bigger than Padmaavat‘s first day opening collection. The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer is a winner, especially gathering great response from the youth all across the country.

According to film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Kabir Singh had an even bigger opening than Padmaavat which grossed around Rs 19 crores at the box office. The film opened at Rs 20.21 crores at the box office surpassing this year’s bid comedy-drama Total Dhamaal (Rs. 16.50 crores).

Kabir Singh also happens to be Shahid’s biggest career opening till date. Despite garnering mixed reviews, the film is all heart at the box office.

According to a BOI one-day box office collection report, the film is not just minting numbers at the box office but is also doing reasonably well in the heartland.

Kabir Singh is the story of an alcoholic surgeon and his resultant madness when his ex gets married to someone else. The film is a Hindi remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy written and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who has also directed this film.

Recently, after the film’s release, a section of the audience questioned the titular character of the film for representing toxic masculinity. In response to the accusation, the director told PTI, “If you make it like girl-meets-boy story, then it becomes usual. It was deliberate to make the story unusual. It is about this character, who has a specific way of looking at a girl, a specific way of expressing his emotions and his love for her. I have done what was needed for the film. I know there is a section in audience who feel this is not right. I don’t think people in today’s day and age would copy things like that.”

He further added, “It is about how his life changes suddenly due to love. Love does change things. I have tried to make the story, the character as real and simple as possible. I thought it might get remade into other south Indian languages but never thought it will be remade into Hindi. I don’t know why I felt that. So, it is a nice feeling to do it in Hindi.”