Darlings Hindi Full Movie Review and Ratings, Hit or Flop?

Darlings Hindi Full Movie Review and Ratings: Alia Bhatt who has tasted a huge success with Gangubai Kathiawadi this year, […]

Darlings Hindi Full Movie Review and Ratings

Darlings Hindi Full Movie Review and Ratings: Alia Bhatt who has tasted a huge success with Gangubai Kathiawadi this year, had another release directly on Netflix OTT platform. Darlings starring herself and Vijay Varma in the lead roles is now streaming on Netflix OTT platform. Teaser and the trailer of the movie looked like a dark comedy thriller. Let us get into the in-depth review of the movie and check if it is worth watching our time.

Darlings Hindi Full Movie Review and Ratings
Darlings Review: Netflix’s dark comedy is Alia Bhatt’s debut as a producer.

Story

Badru thinks her husband Hamza, who is prone to violence, can change for the better if he gives up alcohol. But when his anger becomes uncontrollable, she and her mother take bold measures to exact their vengeance. They start treating him the same way he did, by tying him in his own house not letting a word out. As the complaint will be filed against Hamza’s missing case, police start investigating the details that will lead them to dark truths about the lives of Badru and Hamza.

Cast & Crew

Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, Roshan Mathew, Inayah Chowdhry are among the cast members. Movie is directed by Jasmeet K Reen and Produced by Gaurav Varma, Gauri Khan and Alia Bhatt. Cinematography is handled by Anil Mehta and Music is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj and Prashant Pillai. Nitin Baid is the editor of the film.

Movie NameDarlings
DirectorJasmeet K Reen
Music DirectorVishal Bhardwaj and Prashant Pillai
ProducerGaurav Varma, Gauri Khan and Alia Bhatt
GenreDark, Comedy, Thriller
CastAlia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, Roshan Mathew, Inayah Chowdhry
EditorNitin Baid

Darlings Movie Review

Alia Bhatt chose a sensitive topic like domestic violence as the debut project for her production house. Instead of making a hard-hitting film on it, the story has been wrapped in the garb of a black comedy. But it is the characters’ hopes, dreams and despair that will remain with you till the end, after the credits roll.

Badrunissa (Alia Bhatt) falls in love and marries Hamza (Vijay Varma) who turns out to be an alcoholic who beats his wife. Her mother Shamshunnisa (Shefali Shah) stays in the same chawl in Byculla and encourages her daughter daily to get rid of her abusive husband. But Alia, like many women, has still not lost hope. She wants to have a baby with her husband, fulfill the dreams she had seen with this man and keeps looking for ways to reform him.

The film might be triggering for a lot of us independent women who wouldn’t put up with abusive behavior even for a day. Darlings will anger you, infuriate you, especially after we have had films like Thappad. But you will have to set aside your ideas of right and wrong and try to understand Badru’s desperation to keep her relationship alive, and wait patiently for the limit of her patience.

The question of right and wrong arises many a times in the film, especially in the climax when Badru has to make a decision that will change her life forever. Throughout the film, there is a tussle playing out between the mother who is in favour of more drastic steps, while the daughter follows her heart, until her last hope is also snuffed out, changing the very core of her beliefs.

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Alia Bhatt plays her part brilliantly as the gullible wife who believes she can change her husband. She shoulders the film as an actor as well, as is expected from someone who has delivered Udta Punjab, Gully Boy and Gangubai Kathiawadi. There are times when Badru reminds you of Safeena from Gully Boy.

Darlings reminded me of Gangubai Kathiawadi in moments of Badru’s vulnerability – victim of her circumstances but trying to make the most of it. When she is breaking plates after another episode of abuse and Zulfi (Roshan Matthew) comes in to check on her, it reminded me of Afsaan’s affection for Gangu. But there is a twist in the story here as well.

Vijay Varma seems to have become a master of grey-shaded characters, shedding crocodile tears to get his way, switching from loving husband to a violent demon in the blink of an eye.

Shefali plays a practical mother who is trying to show her daughter the reality of her marriage. She pulls off the quirky role with ease, and is the main source of comic relief in many scenes. Alia and Shefali are totally entertaining as mother and daughter on screen.

Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma’s performances are the brightest parts in this otherwise grim reality that the film represents.

Despite being a black comedy, the film has no elaborate or hilarious comic scene, and mostly remains an emotional affair. The production design and attention to detail is commendable, as is the pace of editing. Director Jasmeet K Reen has done a good job of telling the story without going into too many complications, while also maintaining a sense of dread all through the narrative. Some of the well-directed scenes are the build-ups to episodes of violence between Hamza and Badru. Darlings has good situational songs like La Ilaaj, Bhasad, and Pleaj, which capture the mood quite well.

Darlings might not be the best black comedy out there, but it definitely is worth a watch, especially if you are looking for stories about strong women taking charge of their own lives.

Movie Verdict

Darlings is a funny and dark take on the real life incidents that are still alive in our society. Patriarchy is a social system in which men dominate over others, that was started some millions of years ago and the dominance is still seen in many Indian families. Movie is focusses on one such middle class family women, who has to go through a lot of struggle and torture by her husband and finally decides to take the vengeance against him, vexed with his behavior after multiple attempts to make him understand.

This 2 hour 14 minutes long film is filled with all the elements of thrill, fun and emotions that will connect with every section of audience. Movie is like a roller-coaster ride with multiple elements and great performances from the lead cast. There are some shocking and unexpected scenes that will surely get your attention, and they should be watched only on screen, and that is the reason we are not disclosing much details about it.

Alia Bhatt once again nails her performance in the role of Badru. She looks simple in few scenes, aggressive in other few scenes and frustrated in few more scenes. Shefali Shah is another standout performer in the movie alongside Alia Bhatt. Vijay Varma was good in his role, Malayalam actor Roshan Matthew did a good job and justified his role. All other actors did their part well.

Technically movie is good. Music composed by Vishal Bhardwaj and Prashant Pillai is good and suits the situations in the movie. Anil Mehta was decent with the cinematography and tried to bring the best out, with the limited locations allocated for the making. Director Jasmeet K Reen very well handled a social issue with dark humor added to it, that will surely connect with the audience.

Finally, Darlings is an interesting dark humor movie with some extraordinary performances from the lead cast.

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Ratings

Darlings: Directed by Jasmeet K Reen. With Alia Bhatt, Vijay Varma, Shefali Shah, Roshan Mathew.

Actor: Alia Bhatt, Vijay Varma

 IMDb Rating: 5.4/10


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