‘Darlings’: An Unflinching – Yet Unpredictable – Interrogation of Domestic Abuse

Story Highlights
  • Impressive tonal variations and compelling performances by Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah make the movie a cut above women's love, heartbreak, rage and revenge.
  • Netizens have flocked criticism on Twitter.
  • The movie is Alia Bhatt's debut production along side Red Chillies.

Alia Bhatt’s maiden production venture- Darlings gained much traction after Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chadda on Friday.

#BoycottAliaBhatt trended for the longest on Twitter on Friday after the movie premiered on Netflix. But Why? Well, some think that the actress is promoting domestic violence against men. While some name Alia a toxic feminist.

“Stop Making violence against men a joke #BoycottAliaBhatt,” wrote a user. “She produced a movie which makes entertainment out of the torture of men by women,” added another user.  

Stepping in the shoes of a producer, Alia Bhatt co-produced the dark humour with Shahrukh Khan. The movie stars Shefali Shah, Alia Bhatt, Roshan Mathew and Vijay as pivotal characters. The plot of which revolves around a domestic abuse victim who sets out to take revenge on her husband who tortures her. The movie comes as a directorial debut for Jasmeet K Reen.

Darlings is a dark comedy entertainer brimming with secrets, mystery and drama. Bhatt who plays Badtunnisa Shiek is smitten by a roadside Romeo portrayed by Vijay Verma who marries him as soon as he secures himself a govt job. Cut to three years of married life, every night seems to be a test for Badru, until one day she decides to stand up and take charge. The epic characters of Badru and Shamshu; the mother-daughter duo features resiliency in fighting for love and finding their footing in Mumbai while battling demons.

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