Have you heard the story of that frog and that scorpion? If you haven’t heard it, you’ll hear this story twice in Darlings. Once at the start and once at the climax. But in the story, who will become the frog in the darlings and who will be the scorpion, you will understand as the story progresses. Will there be two frogs in the story at the end or will there be two scorpions, this will also show you the climax and kudos to the Darlings team for that.
Shefali Shah and Alia Bhatt play the roles of Shamsu and Badru as chameleons. Seeing them at first glance will give you an idea of their characters. Shefali Shah’s piercing eyes but Alia Bhatt’s empty eyes and strong eyes, though helpless, will make you excited for the upcoming story and you would like to know if these two have the same story? Or how different from each other. Vijay Varma does full justice to the character of a ruthless husband with a love interest but this story isn’t his and you’ll miss the script in many places.
Roshan Mathew plays a supporting role in the film but nothing came of his roles to bolster the storyline. It is only used as a prop in this story. Like the rest of the supporting characters in the film – Kiran Karmakar and Rajesh Sharma. It’s not that there wasn’t a place for these characters in the movie but they didn’t get a lot of attention and you’ll see that as you watch the movie.
This is Jasmeet’s directorial debut and she manages to deliver a good movie to a large extent. However, Darlings has its flaws and those flaws may not be present in the story, but they are definitely visible on screen. The first half of the movie tries to keep you engaged every second in every frame by becoming intense drama, while after the interval the movie seems to go fast. If the numbers are anything to go by, you can give full numbers to Jasleen’s direction here, who also tries to keep the second half’s half-baked dark comedy interesting.
Good dialogue balances the film
Darlings’ flaws are more than made up for by his good dialogue. Why do these dead people become drunken executioners of the KP? When this question is asked by a strong woman like Shamsu, a policeman gives her a direct answer without mercy or pity – because the woman lets it go. This is where the condition and direction of Darlings story is indicated and the film does.
The film tackles important questions
I am a bastard, but my love is not a bastard. Think if you don’t love then why kill? If you don’t love why would you tolerate? In the movie, when Hamza tells this to her Badru darlings, she fights a battle of heart and pain. The pain that Hamza gives her every night like a beast and the heart that still has love for Hamza. But even if she falls in love with the wrong person, should she be saved, Darlings talks superficially about it without even touching on the issue.
The closest mirror to domestic violence
Darlings tries to show how society views domestic violence, but in the process of lightening the film, its effect is removed somewhere. Like turning up the music in your house after hearing the sound of the neighbors knocking but don’t interfere between Mian and his wife. Wives do not press charges against police despite domestic violence, if police advise divorce, parents think divorce seal becomes so hard for a woman. But above all, to offer two completely different solutions to combat domestic violence. Where Badru, despite her struggle with domestic violence, wants to give her husband a chance and blames Daru for the violence until it happens without Daru. On the other hand, Badru’s mother who only shows him two options from the start – either kill the husband or leave him.
Music provides good support
It has never been necessary to explain why Gulzar sahib is called the feather magician. Its magic is also clearly visible in the title track Please of Darlings. At the same time, the music for two songs in the movie was given by Vishal Bhardwaj and his impression can be clearly seen on these two songs. At the same time, these songs have a clear effect on the movie and wherever the movie starts to get more serious, these songs are enough to lighten the mood of the movie.
There should be a trigger warning
Honey, even though a sensitive subject like domestic violence was presented as a dark comedy, but when it comes to domestic violence, it only remains dark and the comedy seems to be forced. Certain scenes in Darlings can give many women the mirror of their lives and for that, the movie should come with a trigger warning. We also advise you that if some parts of your life still bother you, the darlings may bother you more than the entertainment.
The star of the movie is Climax
Despite the flaws, the Darlings once again rise to the occasion with their peak. Which will probably be on your mind from the start of the film, but it still comforts you to see the same climax on screen. And that’s what makes this story a star. The usually predictable climax often spoils the audience’s mood, but that’s not the case with Darlings. That’s why the Darlings, while cumbersome in the second half, refresh you with their climax. On our side, this film goes to the entertainment counter. Darlings is streaming on Netflix.