Alia Bhatt scores another big win as a survivor of domestic abuse in Jasmeet K Reen’s ‘Darlings’, which also has a terrific Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma

Posted on August 5, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The film is a domestic noir-cum-black comedy, and if the Alia Bhatt-Vijay Varma couple takes care of the domestic noir, Shefali Shah’s character keeps you in splits with her deadpan expressions.

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The plural title of Darlings is no accident. The protagonist Badru (played by Alia Bhatt) is from a lower-middle-class Muslim family, and her English consists of odd plural phrases like “I loves you” and “bad lucks”. I felt she sounded like the Rani Mukerji character in Saawariya. (Later, I discovered that director Jasmeet K Reen’s first film was to have been produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.) But apart from this aspect of speech, there isn’t much that is singular about Badru – at least at first. She is a victim of domestic abuse. As her mother (Shefali Shah) says, the world may have changed for “Twitter people” but not for them. Badru listens to a line like this from her husband and melts: “If I don’t love you why would I hit you? And why would you bear it if you did not love me?” Someones should bring her to her senses. And that someones is…

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