Vasan Bala’s ‘Monica, O My Darling’, on Netflix, with Rajkummar Rao and a top cast, is a very enjoyable ‘retro’ murder-mystery, propelled by a super-retro score

Posted on November 11, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

You could see this stylish, irreverent, noir-like film as the bastard child of Thiagarajan Kumararaja and Harmesh Malhotra, who made ‘Nagina’. Snakes play an important role here…

monica, oh my darling

The colour red is everywhere in Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling. It’s in the neon lights in a factory. It’s in the paint, in the colour of a scooter. It’s in the super-sultry Huma Qureshi’s seductive costumes. (She’s the Monica of the title.) It’s in the blood in this story littered with murdered people. And it’s in the anger, where people “see red” – like this person in the opening scene. This opening bit is about a love story gone wrong, and the result is red. A few months later, a robotics specialist named Jayant (Rajkummar Rao) is named the “future” of a tech-company called Unicorn. Jayant was born poor, and he rose to the top on the basis of his genius. This does not sit well with nepo-kid Nishikant (Sikandar Kher), who’s the boss’ son and has been passed over. Apparently, Unicorn is totally unlike Bollywood. Talented outsiders are taken in and provided the facilities to make it all the way to the top. Now, Karan Johar is seeing red.

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