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Darlings review: A reel of reviews

Prior to its release, Darlings got brutally for promoting domestic violence against men and a section of social media users called for boycotting the film.




The highly-anticipated Alia Bhatt’s film Darlings is now streaming on Netflix. Directed by Jasmeet K Reen, the film also features Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma in titular roles.

Darlings also mark the first film of Alia Bhatt as a producer and the second collaboration of Vijay and Alia after Gully Boy. Prior to its release, the film got brutally for promoting domestic violence against men and a section of social media users called for boycotting the film.

The plot of the dark comedy revolves around Badru, played by Alia Bhatt, who is a strong-minded woman and her mother, played by Shefali Shah, kidnaps Hamza who is Badru’s husband, played by Vijay Varma.

Two women take help from Zulfi, played by Roshan Mathew, to find Hamza. The film then takes you through abuse in marriage and how a couple deals with it.

The film is out so are the reviews. Let’s take a look at what leading news websites have to say about the film.

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Darlings review by NDTV

For Saibal Chatterjee, Darlings is a tale of marital discord that assumes the form of a revenge drama. Darlings secured 3 out of 5 stars by NDTV.

“Darlings is embellished with fine performances. Alia Bhatt reveals yet again the full range of her natural ability to get into the skin of a character. Shefali Shah, cast as a woman who has stopped worrying about the world and the impositions it makes on women, serves as the perfect foil,” reviewed NDTV.

Darlings review by Koimoi

Umesh Punwani, in his review, said the film is synonymous with tragedy mein comedy treatment and a plethora of mind-numbing performances.

“Darlings is Bollywood getting as close as it could ever be (to date) to Andhadhun. The ‘tragedy mein comedy’ treatment gives this a soul as Alia Bhatt ends up being the heart of this film,” reviewed Koimoi.

Darlings review by The Indian Express

Reviewed by Shubhra Gupta, Darlings is the film that brings domestic violence to the fore and is done absolutely right. The headline read, ‘Alia Bhatt raises the bar for movies with meaning.’

“With her maiden production, dotted with a clutch of excellent performances, Alia Bhatt has raised the bar for movies with meaning, something a lost-in-the-woods Bollywood can do with,” reviewed The Indian Express.

Darlings review by Bollywoodlife

For Urmimala Banerjee, Darlings is a quirky take on the tale of a woman who is the victim of domestic violence.

“The climax of the film is rather predictable, but that is expected. Coming to the hullabaloo that such films create further prejudices against men when gender laws are already flawed, well Darlings is centred around women, but on an emotional level it does have some appeal for both the sexes,” reviewed Bollywoodlife.

Darlings review by Times of India

Renuka Vyavahare, in her review, said Darlings is a compelling case study on domestic violence impeccably performed by Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah.

“Darlings isn’t quite a dark comedy or a twisted suspenseful thriller. Told in a linear, simplistic fashion, the film is about an abuser exploiting his partner over a man versus woman battle,” reviewed Times of India.

Darlings review by Firstpost

Reviewed by Anna MM Vetticad, Darlings is a flattering black on marital violence that tips Alia Bhatt off balance.

“When a film deals with a matter as serious as domestic abuse, the least one expects is that the writers would round off every argument made during the course of the narrative, so as to avoid perpetuating misconceptions. Darlings does not,” reviewed Firstpost.

Darlings review by News 18

Bohni Bandyopadhyay wrote that Darlings might trigger a lot of independent women who wouldn’t put up with abusive behaviour even for a day.

“Despite being a black comedy, the film has no elaborate or hilarious comic scene and mostly remains an emotional affair. The production design and attention to detail are commendable, as is the pace of editing. Director Jasmeet K Reen has done a good job of telling the story without going into too many complications, while also maintaining a sense of dread all through the narrative,” reviewed News 18.

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Salaar: Prabhas starrer gets new release date, will clash with Deepika Padukone-Hrithik Roshan’s Fighter

Fans will have to wait until next year to witness the Prashant Neel madness, as Salaar will release on September 28, 2023.



After the massive success of KGF chapter 2, Tollywood director Prashanth Neel is set to take the Indian cinema by storm with his yet another Pan-India film.

Prashant has finally announced the release date of his upcoming directorial Salaar, which features the Baahubali actor Prabhas in the lead role. The action thriller will also mark the Kannada film debut of Prabhas and the movie is already declared as the most anticipated movie of 2023.

After the massive success of KGF movie series, Prashanth Neel had announced his next with Prabhas and a fresh pair of him and Shruti Hasan will unravel the new world of Salaar. But the fans will have to wait until next year to witness the Prashant Neel madness, as Salaar will release on September 28, 2023.

But the film will clash with Deepika Padukone-Hrithik Roshan starrer fighter. The movie is backed by YRF and is being directed by Sidharth Anand. And it seems like the Bollywood Vs South will take a higher roar on September 28, next year.

What has even more ignited the anticipation for the action-thriller is its latest poster featuring Prabhas. Billed has a high voltage actioner, Salaar has been shot in the India, Europe, Middle -East and Africa.

If reports are to be believed, then Salaar can have a crossover with KFG Chapter 3, just like Marvel movies. Both the films have been directed by Prashanth Neel and are backed by Hombale Films. Moreover, reports suggest that the upcoming film will unravel the story line and open gates for new twists in Yash starrer KGF Chapter 3.

Salaar is a PAN India film, hence it will be release in the five languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada (original). Apart from Prabhas and Shruti Hasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Jagapathi Babu, Sriya Reddy and Easwari Rao will play key roles. The movie has a high budget of 400 crores.

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Comedian Raju Srivastava critical, remains on life support

Raju was admitted to AIIMS after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday while doing a treadmill in a gym.



Comedian Raju Srivastava critical, remains on life support

Indian stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava is fighting for his life. The condition of the 57-year-old comedian is critical and he remains on life support in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

Raju was admitted to AIIMS after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday while doing a treadmill in a gym. According to the reports, there has been no improvement in Raju Srivastava’s condition. He remains in critical condition and on life support at present. He continued to be unconscious and suffered brain damage after a heart attack.

His brother, Deepu Srivastava, told the media that one of Raju’s brain nerves got blocked after a heart attack. He said the doctors are trying really hard for his recovery. According to the doctors, it may take 7 to 10 days for Raju to recover completely.

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76th Independence Day: Top 5 patriotic films to watch with friends and family

The film industry has been a pivotal force in keeping and reinstating the duties citizens owe to their country.



76th Independence Day: Top 5 patriotic films to watch with friends and family

It is appropriate to remark that Indian cinema has played a major role in reminding citizens of the necessity of patriotic duties in their everyday lives. The film industry has done a commendable job of putting together sometimes-daunting yet inspiring reflections of the socio-political history of the country, which has generated awareness as well as groomed Indian citizens to do better. While some films narrated and made us aware of the historic political situation in some parts of India, others imparted the right idea of patriotism into our hearts.

The film industry has been a pivotal force in keeping and reinstating the duties citizens owe to their country. Hence, we bring to you some of the most gut-wrenching as well as inspiring films that imparted awareness as well as generated a spark of change in the minds and hearts of every Indian.

Article 15

Article 15 is a film produced and directed by renowned director, Anubhav Sinha, in 2019. The film’s plot revolves around a police detective, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, who investigates the disappearance of three girls from a small village, uncovering the long history of caste-based oppression along the way. The movie not only remarks on issues of caste-based oppression, but it also talks about the reservations given by one of the greatest scholars of India, B.R Ambedkar.

Rang De Basanti

Rang De Basanti was released in 2006, starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth, R. Madhavan, Atul Kulkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, and British actor Alice Patten. The film follows a British film student who is traveling to India to make a movie about five freedom fighters from India. She befriends and casts five young men in the film, which inspires them to fight against the corruption of their own government. The movie talks about issues of corruption in the country and how the five men, while drawing parallels from the role of freedom fighters in their own lives, set out to bring reform and change to their country as their forefathers did.


The movie follows the story of an aimless and lazy boy, Karan Shergil, played by Hritik Roshan, who joins the Indian Army and transforms himself into a soldier to make his girlfriend Romila Dutta proud of him. The movie is set around the Kargil war. Released in 2004, the film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in lead roles with Boman Irani and Anjula Bedi in supporting roles. The film was directed by Farhan Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Helmed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film follows the real-life journey of the legendary Olympic champion, Milkha Singh. The film stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and talks about Milkha’s journey from pre-partitioned India to post-partitioned India and how he came to be the prolific athlete he was. The film, while being a document of Milkha Singh’s life, is also a document of the time around independence. The movie stars Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Meesha Shafi, Pavan Malhotra, Yograj Singh, Art Malik, and Prakash Raj.


The film, which is set in the backdrop of an underdeveloped portion of Uttar Pradesh, starts off with the protagonist, who works at NASA in America, Driven by nostalgia, he returns to his roots to find the nanny who raised him in his homeland, intending to bring her back to America. His journey leads him into the rural heart of India, to the village of Charanpur, and sets him on both an outward and an inner quest to find where he truly belongs. The film, released in 2004, stars Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, and Kishori Ballal.

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