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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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Alia Bhatt's Darlings

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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Watch the trailer here:

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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.

Have a look at the tweet here:

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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Taarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma actor Gurucharan Singh returns home after 25 days

During his religious journey, Gurucharan Singh visited Gurudwaras in many cities like Ludhiana and Amritsar. The police said afterwards, he decided to return home.

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Gurucharan Singh returned home on 17 May after going missing on April 22. The Delhi Police has recorded his statement in the court and said Singh had gone away from home on a spiritual journey.

The Delhi Police started searching for the TV actor on April 22. The 51-year-old actor had to board a flight from Delhi to Mumbai on April 22 evening but he never reached his destination. His father, who lives in Palam, informed the local police after his phone was found not reachable. About 12 nos police teams, including the Crime Branch and Special Cell, were working to locate Gurucharan Singh.

The police had closely monitored his financial transactions from his bank accounts and credit cards. According to reports, the last transaction was of Rs 14,000, which he withdrew from one of his bank accounts on the day he went missing.

CCTV footage recorded from the day Gurucharan Singh disappeared showed him walking with a bag on his back. The police also visited some states like Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand to get any leads in connection with the case. A few days earlier a police officer told the media that Gurucharan Singh had once shown his interest in going to the Himalayas for meditation. During the investigation it was revealed that Singh was in financial trouble with many loans and dues.

His father, Hargit Singh, filed a missing complaint on April 26, which led to an FIR under Section 365 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). His father said that he did not have any idea about his son’s financial troubles. He said Gurucharan Singh never shared anything with him. As a result Hargit Singh was not aware of this. During his religious journey, Gurucharan Singh visited Gurudwaras in many cities like Ludhiana and Amritsar. The police said afterwards, he decided to return home.

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Arjun Kapoor unveils stylish new look after wrapping Singham Again

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Arjun Kapoor recently wrapped shooting for Rohit Shetty’s highly anticipated film, Singham Again, in which he will seen playing an antagonist. The actor is known for his dedication to his characters and maintains a rugged, bearded look throughout the film process. Now he has unveiled his new look with a stylish haircut and beard trim, showcasing his transformation on social media.

In a video shared on Instagram, Arjun Kapoor can be seen getting his new look, humorously asking his hairstylist to make him look sexy. His final appearance exudes confidence and style, perfectly complementing his character in the movie. Alongside the video, he captioned that he had told Siri to get a haircut, adding a touch of modernity to his transformation. 

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The film marks a significant milestone for the actor, as Singham Again is his 20th film. The much awaited film is anticipated to be a blockbuster as it is made under Rohit Shetty’s direction, who is known for his high-octane action sequences. The Ishaqzaade actor expressed his gratitude towards Rohit Shetty, acknowledging him as the Boss of Mass Cinema and emphasizing the importance of this project in his career.

Earlier on February 14, 2024, the makers of Singham Again teased fans with the actor’s menacing first look as the antagonist. The image shared on social media portrayed him with blood smeared on his face, excluding a sinister aura that hinted at the intensity of his character portrayal.

With an ensemble cast including Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Tiger Shroff, Deepika Padukone, and Kareena Kapoor Khan, the movie promotes an immersive cinematic experience. The expansion of Rohit Shetty’s cop universe has built excitement among viewers, who eagerly await every detail about the film’s plot and characters.

Arjun Kapoor’s new look is getting a lot of attention on social media. Fans are excited for Singham again, eagerly waiting to see his powerful performance as the villain in this action-packed movie. 

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Madgaon Express starring Kunal Kemmu now available on Prime Video

Madgaon Express was released in theatres on March 22, 2024

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Kunal Kemmu’s directorial debut Madgaon Express, is now available for free streaming on OTT platform Prime Video. The film was initially released in theatres on March 22, 2024, and garnered positive reviews from critics. After its theatrical run, the film raked in a substantial sum of Rs 44.5 crore across the globe. Madgaon Express features a stellar cast that including Pratik Gandhi, Avinash Tiwary, Divyendu, Nora Fatehi and Chhaya Kadam in key roles.

The streaming platform Prime Video shared on Instagram that the Goa trip film has been released, alongside a poster with the caption that says #MadgaonExpressOnPrime, watch now.

Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, the plot of the film revolves around childhood friends Dodo, Ayush, and Pinku planning an exciting trip to Goa, but their adventure quickly is derailed due to a series of unfortunate decisions and what was supposed to be a fun getaway, turns into a chaotic journey.

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Kunal Kemmu expressed his joy, stating that each member of the cast has given their best to ensure that viewers gain an enjoyable experience while watching the hilarious shenanigans of the three main characters. He also stated his excitement about the opportunity for a broader, international audience to enjoy his passion project on Prime Video as the film will be available for streaming in more than 240 countries.

The Golmaal Again actor previously mentioned his intentions to work on a sequel to Madgaon Express. He expressed the need to begin writing for it but stressed that it would only be meaningful if the storyline matched or surpassed the humour of the original film. The actor-filmmaker elaborated that while there were no initial expectations for the first film, its success now requires him to meet higher expectations in the sequel.

According to reports, Kunal is said to be appearing in the sequel of Go Goa Gone in the future. However, the actor stated that he hasn’t received any confirmation yet. Prior to Madgaon Express, the actor was last seen in the family comedy film Kanjoos Makhichoos, which was released in 2023.

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