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Alia Bhatt’s Darlings faces criticism, tweeple call for boycott, here’s WHY

Tweeple are blasting and disapproving of the film and calling it out for promoting domestic violence against men.

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By Utkarsh Tripathi

Alia Bhatt starrer Darlings will hit the silver screen on August 5. Ahead of its release, the film is receiving major criticism on social media. Twitter on Thursday remained dominated by tweets under #BoycottDarlings and #BoycottAliaBhatt.

Tweeple are blasting and disapproving of the film and calling it out for promoting domestic violence against men.

Have a look at Twitter reactions here:

Darlings’ trailer was dropped on July 25. From its trailer, one could guess how the film’s trajectory goes from light-hearted comedy to a dark comedy which touches upon the subject of domestic abuse.

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A section of social media users is calling for boycotting Darlings citing the promotion of domestic violence against men. As burdening as these allegations are, it is quite not the reality of the film.

The plot of Darlings is set inside a premise of how the wife, played by Alia Bhatt, of a volatile and alcoholic husband, played by Vijay Varma, tries to reform her husband’s insensitive behaviour, until one day she had enough, as she seeks revenge.

The storyline of the film can be anything but promoting domestic violence against men. At best, it can be critiqued for trivialising the reality of women who go through similar predicaments but don’t have the option to take similar stringent actions.

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Remember Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh?

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starter Kabir Singh, which did quite a number at the box office, created a massive controversy during the time of its release. The film was accused of encouraging toxic masculinity and sexism in society. Some might also suggest that this portrayal of a woman seeking revenge in Darlings is quite similar to Kabir Singh.

However, the dynamics of both the characters are dissimilar to the point that it doesn’t actually need articulate reasoning for anyone to guess the difference.

Though it is important to comprehend that the actions taken by the lead in Kabir Singh were due to the complexity of the character, which could arguably be a celebrated reflection of hypermasculinity in society. It is quite contrary to the role played by Alia in Darlings.

Alia’s character doesn’t adopt a preceded mindset of every woman, her character only explores the extremes of a woman’s mindset who is responding to domestic abuse which sets the two characters apart as polar opposites in terms of dynamics.

The character played by Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh is an oppressor whereas Alia Bhatt’s character Badru is the one who is being oppressed. This is what would have happened to Preeti in Kabir Singh if she had enough of Kabir’s hypermasculinity way of life.

Nepotism hate

The call for a boycott by the so-called cinema lovers can be speculated to be fueled by the political bias against Bollywood that has recently settled into the country. The vilification of Bollywood, which tangibly came into play after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, began a reservation against star kids who profits off by being a product of nepotism.

Alia Bhatt, the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, also faced a lot of criticism for being a star kid. She, however, managed to recede the tag through her incredible performances in films like Gangubai Kathiawad, Gullyboy, Highway, Raazi, and others.

Bhatt troop and their political opinions

Another faction that has reservations against Alia and her family is the ones whose political ideologies do not align with the Bhatts. Alia and her family have had a history of speaking their mind and sharing unpopular opinions on several occasions.

Alia, during the Police Crackdown on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, posted a question on social media urging her friends from the fraternity to tweet or message Prime Minister Narendra Modi by condemning the actions taken by the police.

Soni Razdan had also once opined how she will believe she would be better off living in Pakistan, which was said in light of the situation in India.

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Alia Bhatt and her citizenship

Alia Bhatt and Soni Razdan have a British citizenship. The mother-daughter duo cannot vote during elections in India. Earlier, Alia has expressed about hoping to have a dual citizenship as she would love to vote.

Both Alia and Soni were brutually trolled over their citizenship back then.

The highly-anticipated film Darlings marks Alia Bhatt’s debut as a producer and her second collaboration with Vijay Varma after Gully Boy. Are you rooting for Darlings?

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GodFather trailer launch: Here’s what Salman Khan said on Bollywood vs South cinema debate

Dabangg actror Salman Khan is making a special appearance in the movie and his fans are super excited to watch him shaking his legs with Chiranjeevi.

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Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan, who is currently busy shooting for Farhad Samji’s Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, will also be seen sharing screen with veteran South Indian star Chiranjeevi’s much-awaited film GodFather.

Both the actors are busy in the promotional activities of the GodFather which is slated to hit the theatres on October 5 in Telugu and Hindi.

Talking to the journalists at the movie’s trailer launch on Sunday, Salman Khan shared his views about the ongoing South vs Bollywood debate and also expressed his desire to work on more Tollywood projects.

While people want to do Hollywood films, he aspires to do South movies. The people want to do Hollywood films but he aspires to do South movies. The people talk about Rs 300-400 crores, but if Bollywood stars and south stars come together, then the movie will be able to earn about Rs 3000 to 4000 crore at the box office and will reach a much wider audience, Khan said at the trailer launch event where both Chiranjeevi and Salman were present.

Dabangg star said the thing is that once Bollywood and Tollywood start working together, just imagine the numbers that they will have, that is the main thing. People watch it here, people watch it in the south. If both fans watch the film so that everyone just grows and grows, the numbers become very large, he also said.

Helmed by Mohan Raja and produced by Ram Charan, GodFather, is the official remake of the 2019 Malayalam film Lucifer, also stars Nayanthara and Satyadev Kancharana in important roles.

Salman Khan is making a special appearance in the movie and his fans are super excited to watch him shaking his legs with Chiranjeevi.

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Adipurush teaser out: Prabhas as Rama, Kriti Sanon as Sita, Saif Ali Khan as Ravana will give you goosebumps | WATCH

The epic drama will release in five languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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The highly-anticipated film Adipurush starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Saif Ali Khan, and Sunny Singh will soon hit the theatres. Prior to its release, the makers dropped the teaser of the film on October 2.

The teaser launch event took place at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. Helmed by Om Raut, Adipurush is based on the epic saga Ramayana written by Valmiki. The film is said to be the celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Adipurush teaser out

The teaser introduced Prabhas as Ramayana, Saif Ali Khan as Ravana, Kriti Sanon as Sita, and Sunny Singh as Laxman. It is absolutely a visual treat and will surely give you goosebumps. The teaser also shows Lord Rama heading to Lanka through Ram Setu to bring back his wife Sita. The scenes from the sea, battles and more add impact.

It also has a powerful voice-over by Bollywood actor Sharad Kelkar.

However, the visuals and VFX will give you a feel of an animation film.

Watch Adipurush teaser here:

Bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Om Raut, Prasad Sutar, and Rajesh Nair, Adipurush will hit the silver screen on January 12, 2023. The epic drama will release in five languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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Bigg Boss 16 Grand Premiere Highlights: From Abdu Rozik’s Boorgir moment with Salman Khan to Manya Singh’s struggle story

Bigg Boss is back to entertain the audience with its sixteenth instalment.

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The grand premiere of the Indian reality show Bigg Boss 16 ushered by Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan aired on Saturday night.

The premier night was a gala affair and the revelations made by the participants hit the viewers like a bolt from the blue. The mere appearance of several participants including Rapper MC Stan left the audience in a state of amusement. Tajikistan singer Abdu Rozik spoke on his meme-material ‘Boorgir’ video, while former Miss India Manya Singh made some shocking revelations, which left the audience teary-eyed.

Bigg Boss 16 Grand Premiere

When all the eyeballs were fixated on the beautifully curated ‘Circus’ themed House, then entered Salman Khan in a teal green tuxedo, and the look left his fans mesmerised.

The first entry to show was Choti Sarrdaarni star Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia followed by Abdu Rozik. The Tajik singer entertained the audience by singing popular songs from Salman’s movies. The funny exchange of dialogues between Salman and Abdu tickled everyone’s funny bones. Rozik spoke about how he likes to give orders and also referred to his viral ‘Boorgir’ video, saying he loves cooking.

The fifth contestant, whose entry was unexpected, was P-Town Ke Basti Ka Hasti Rapper MC Stan aka Altaf Shaikh. Stan is as famous among rappers as his 80 Hazaar Ke Jootey on Instagram. His power-pack rap performance left many spellbound. Conversely, host Salman Khan maintained his witty personality and joked about not understanding a single word of his rap. Stan then shared his story with Salman and said that he was aiming to detox during the show.

Former Miss India runner-up Manya Singh too left a dent with her elegance and poise. She also opened up about her struggle to get a decent role in the industry. Daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver, Manya’s struggles continued even after winning the beauty pageant. Owing to her skin tone, she was not offered many commercials and also failed miserably to make enough money.

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