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Actress Taapsee Pannu feels people should not compare her upcoming drama ‘Thappad’ with Shahid Kapoor’s 2019 blockbuster ‘Kabir Singh’ just because the two films focus on contradictory ideologies.

The gripping trailer of ‘Thappad’ prompted instant comparison with the romantic drama ‘Kabir Singh’ on social media. In ‘Kabir Singh’, the hero has violent tendencies and is seen slapping the heroine, and she too slaps him. The film’s director Sandeep Reddy Vanga defended the slapping saying a “little bit of violence” is part of a relationship.

The Anubhav Sinha-directed ‘Thappad’ on the other hand takes a serious look at the issue of domestic violence, with particular focus on how violent behaviour is grounds for divorce, irrespective of the number of times it happens. Simply put, even if it is just one slap, it counts as domestic violence.

“It’s not that we have made this film keeping ‘Kabir Singh’ in mind. I feel very sad when I hear people saying that ‘we have made a film to give an answer to another film’. This film was written before the release of ‘Kabir Singh’. I feel the thappad [slap] is only a trigger, but there are so many other things that will unfold about relationships in this film. I agree to the fact that there was one instance in that film [‘Kabir Singh’] that doesn’t match with the ideology of our film, but didn’t it happen in many earlier films? There are thousands of films where women have been slapped by men and what’s new about it? That film [‘Kabir Singh’] has only been the latest one and that’s why people feel this way. It’s trivialising to say that ‘Thappad’ is an answer to ‘Kabir Singh’, because its way beyond that,” said Pannu, while interacting with the media at a promotional event for ‘Thappad’ in Mumbai.

Pannu added she would have never done a film like ‘Kabir Singh’.

“I feel people shouldn’t leave their brain at home while watching a film. ‘Kabir Singh’ collected a lot of money and I congratulate the makers of that film, but I wouldn’t have done that film had I been offered Kabir Singh’s part and, obviously, I would have never done the girl’s part.”

‘Thappad’ features Pannu along with Pavail Gulati, Dia Mirza, Ratna Pathak Shah, Tanvi Azmi, Kumud Mishra and Manav Kaul. The film is slated to release in India on February 28. Watch the trailer below: