Darlings is an Indian Hindi-language dark comedy film released in 2022. It marks the directorial debut of Jasmeet K. Reen, who co-wrote and directed the film. The screenplay was penned by Parveez Sheikh, while the production was handled by Alia Bhatt, Gauri Khan (making her debut as a producer), and Gaurav Verma. The film was produced under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment and Eternal Sunshine Productions.
Darlings Hindi Movie 2022 Cast, Plot, Production, & Release
Starring Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles, the film Darlings was released on Netflix on August 5, 2022. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised its content and execution.
Hamza Shaikh is depicted as an individual struggling with alcoholism, leading to him perpetrating domestic violence against his wife, Badrunissa “Badru” Shaikh (née Ansari), throughout their three-year love marriage. In an attempt to make him give up drinking, Badru explores various strategies, including urging Hamza to have a child.
In a dramatic turn of events, Badru takes matters into her own hands by administering sleeping pills to Hamza, restraining him by tying his hands and feet and subjecting him to physical abuse and torture, mirroring the suffering he inflicted upon her. Meanwhile, Hamza’s boss visits their home to inquire about him. In an effort to conceal the truth.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Alia Bhatt||Badrunissa “Badru” Sheikh|
|Shefali Shah||Shamshunissa “Shamshu” Ansari|
|Vijay Varma||Hamza Sheikh|
|Rajesh Sharma||Kasim Kasai|
|Vijay Maurya||Inspector Rajaram Tawde|
|Santosh Juvekar||Janardhan Jadhav|
|Kiran Karmarkar||Ticket Collector Damle|
|Neha Kakkar cameo||A Mumbai performer|
Pre-production for the film began in early January 2021 with plans for a 2021 release. The announcement was made on March 1, 2021, through a motion poster shared by Shah Rukh Khan on behalf of Red Chillies Entertainment.
The film is set in Mumbai and revolves around a conservative lower-middle-class neighborhood. It is hinted to be a story centered around a unique and spirited mother-daughter duo, navigating their way through various circumstances with courage and love.
Principal photography commenced with scenes featuring Bhatt and Varma in Mumbai on July 3, 2021. Bhatt shared her monochrome photos from the sets where she was seen sitting in her make-up van, rehearsing. Shah joined the cast in July but wrapped up filming for her scenes by August.
In March 2021, a promotional video and motion logo of the film were released. A teaser poster featuring the official logo of the film was released as well.
The film’s score is skillfully composed and produced by Prashant Pillai, while the soundtrack is crafted by Vishal Bhardwaj and Mellow D. The lyrics for the songs are penned by the esteemed Gulzar and Mellow D. Zee Music Company took charge of releasing the official three-track soundtrack album on August 2, 2022.
On August 5, 2022, the film Darlings was released exclusively on Netflix. The rights to the film were acquired by Netflix in February 2022, prompting Red Chillies Entertainment to announce that the film would forgo a traditional theatrical release and instead have its digital premiere as an original on the streaming platform.
Official Release Poster
|Directed by||Jasmeet K. Reen|
|Edited by||Nitin Baid|
|Music by||Songs: Vishal Bhardwaj, Mellow D, Ajay Lobo
Score: Prashant Pillai
|Produced by||Gauri Khan
|Red Chillies Entertainment
Eternal Sunshine Productions
|Release date||5 August 2022|
|Running time||134 minutes|
|Written by||Parveez Sheikh
Jasmeet K. Reen
According to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Darlings holds an approval rating of 76% based on 17 reviews. The film received positive reviews, with particular acclaim directed towards its engaging storyline and the performances delivered by the talented cast.
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