Why: For writer-director Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the divisive and disruptive protagonist of Arjun Reddy (is the man genuinely troubled or just toxic trash?) is a gift that keeps on giving. The 2017 film has been remade in Hindi and Tamil, and is reportedly being adapted in other languages as well. The Hindi version, Kabir Singh, also directed by Vanga, was both loved and hated. The hate came from film critics who universally panned Vanga for glorifying a misogynistic hero with anger-management issues. His film made ‘toxic masculinity’ a talking point on prime-time television. Meanwhile, the audience either didn’t care or didn’t agree with the argument because they turned up in droves to watch the film, making it the highest-grossing Hindi film of the year (so far), with a lifetime collection of Rs 276 crores.
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