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‘Darlings’ trailer: Alia Bhatt’s intriguing dark comedy rekindles an old fable

Helmed by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Alia Bhatt’s Eternal Sunshine Productions, one of Netflix’s most-anticipated movies this year is an intriguing dark comedy. And with the official trailer as well as newly-released character details now setting a wave of conversations across social media, we take a look at what Darlings is all about.

Popular actress Alia Bhatt recently took to Instagram to share details of an exciting venture that is a nod to the age-old fable of the relationship between a scorpion and a frog. Titled Darlings, the new film boasts of a glamorous ensemble and exciting plot-twists. We’re exploring all the details, one social media update at a time.

Diving into Darlings : Teaser, trailer, and character profiles

Written by Parveez Sheikh of the Queen fame and Vijay Maurya from The Great Indian Murder, this dark comedy is headlined by Alia Bhatt . It also features Jalsa’s Shefali Shah, A Suitable Boy’s Vijay Varma and Night Drive’s Roshan Mathew. That’s not all, the composer of the feature is Haider’s Vishal Bhardwaj, with veteran poet Gulzar penning the lyrics.

Naturally, the film is one of the most awaited in the entertainment industry. Building on the buzz, Alia Bhatt took to Instagram to share the trailer of the wacky dark comedy that offers a glimpse of what’s to come. Expect action, comedy, a potential murder, and a tale of justice and vengeance- all told through the lens of a bedtime tale with the moral – vicious people can’t resist hurting others.

Reportedly, the movie will look into the lives of a mother-daughter duo that’s struggling to find their place in the hustle of Mumbai. They chase love and courage amidst difficult circumstances hoping to rise above all obstacles. In the one minute, thirty nine seconds teaser, Bhatt tells the old tale of a scorpion who asks a frog to help it cross the river to ask the fundamental question – can the two be friends?

A series of shots feature Bhatt and Varma, a couple, bantering. Also featured are Bhatt and Shah, who plays her mother, being interrogated at a police station. The trailer sheds a bit more light on the case, with Varma’s character – a hard-working ticket collector – admitting to walking out on his marriage and Bhatt reporting him missing to the authorities. What follows is a series of shots depicting a toxic marriage, careful scheming, and instances of murder and betrayal – all potentially building up to a catastrophe. That aside, there’s evidently more than what meets the eye with this one.


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Bhatt’s character Reflecting on the movie, Bhatt was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “It’s my first film as a producer, that too with Red Chillies. We are very proud and happy how the film has shaped up and we hope it will entertain and engage audiences world over.”

Darlings also marks the feature debut of director Jasmeet K. Reen, who stated, “I couldn’t have asked for a better feature film debut—working with a pool of versatile and talented actors has been an absolute pleasure. I am delighted that Red Chillies and Eternal Sunshine are taking the film across the globe with Netflix,” as per Variety.

The movie is slated to be out on August 5 on Netflix.

All images: Courtesy Netflix

Eshita Srinivas

Eshita spends her days writing, rewriting, and thinking of things to write about. In the little time she has left, she daydreams about going on a solo trip across Asia.


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