Darlings Trailer Shows Alia Bhatt’s Vengeful Wife In Indian Dark Comedy

After unveiling a teaser a few days ago, Netflix has released the first full trailer for its upcoming Indian black comedy. darlingsfeaturing Alia Bhat as a femme fatale who exacts revenge on her abusive husband, played by Bhatt’s Ravine Boy co-star Vijay Varma.

The trailer opens with Varma’s character – Hamza Sheikh – introducing himself and speaking passionately about the love he has for his wife, Badru. In aerial photos of the Mumbai skyline and lively music, we get a glimpse of their married life. But the tone suddenly changes in the middle of the trailer when Hamza disappears. Badru reports her missing to the cops, who immediately become suspicious of her. And they have good reason to be.

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The trailer reveals that Hamza hasn’t disappeared at all, but has been held hostage by Badru and his stepmother in his home. The two were probably helped in their mission by an accomplice, played by Roshan Mathew. Through flashbacks – there’s a lot going on here – we’re told that Hamza was abusive to Badru, and this is his revenge. For the tone of the film, it seems that the rookie director Jasmeet K. Reen tries to mix irreverent humor with heavy themes.

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darlings serves as Bhatt’s debut as a producer. The actor has quickly established himself as one of the brightest and most bankable young stars in Hindi cinema, having recently helmed the period epic Gangubai Kathiawadi to critical and commercial success. She also appeared in the massively successful Telugu language period action film RRRand will then appear alongside her husband Ranbir Kapoor in the fantasy epic brahmastra.

darlings is co-produced by Indian icon Shah Rukh Khan‘s Red Chillies Entertainment, which previously produced titles such as blood bard, beast and Class of 83 for the streamer. The film also features Shefali Shah like Badru’s mother. The veteran actor broke out with a starring role in the director Mira NairGolden Lion award-winning drama monsoon wedding more than two decades ago, and enjoyed a career resurgence more recently with Netflix’s international Emmy-winning series Crime in Delhi. This is the second Netflix project for Varma and Mathew, who previously appeared in the anthology film ghost stories and social satire Muffledrespectively.

darlings will be released on Netflix on August 5th. You can watch the trailer here and read the synopsis of the film below:

Darlings is a dark comedy that explores the lives of a mother-daughter duo trying to find their place in Mumbai, searching for courage and love in exceptional circumstances while struggling through thick and thin.

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