Netflix Impresses With Yet Another Socially Impactful Movie With “Darlings” Starring Alia Bhatt

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Netflix has a new show on the air making waves due to its intriguing plot. The Hindi film “Darlings,” starring Bollywood megastar Alia Bhatt, tackles serious social issues other than the comedic scenes it offers. The movie bravely takes on the issue of domestic violence.

In the film, Bhatt’s mother instructs her to put rat poison in her husband’s food for her to be free of an abusive relationship. This is just one of many attempts made by Bhatt’s character to find a solution to her problematic marriage life.

According to Bhatt, the film is brilliant in that it deals with an issue many people face and is not afraid to confront it head-on. She is also a co-producer of the film.

“I need to prove a point, as a producer, that I’m not just producing a film for the heck of it. I have not picked this subject because I could. I wanted to. I chose it, and I wanted to tell this story,” Bhatt told the media in an interview.

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Alia Bhatt has come far in the entertainment industry

Bhatt has become well-known for her projects. In 2019, the Hollywood producer and actress earned an estimated $7 million, settling her a position on Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list. She is one of Bollywood’s highest-paid artists and a Forbes-listed high-ranking woman.

Surface issues are not addressed in Bhatt’s film portrayals. The majority of the projects she worked on dealt with societal issues. She appeared in the 2016 film “Udta Punjab,” about a kidnapped migrant worker. Bhatt also appears in the hit film “Gangubai Kathiawadi,” which tells the story of a woman who is sold into prostitution and then turns into an activist fighting for the rights of others.

Throughout her career, Bhatt has collaborated with top female directors such as Zoya Akhtar and Meghna Gulzar. With “Darlings,” the 29-year-old film professional works with Eternal Sunshine Productions to provide a better representation of Bollywood in the larger entertainment industry.

“I feel — slowly, slowly — from being a very male-dominated room, I (now) see the balance. I see a lot of women. And that’s happened over the last 10 years. I’ve seen the change — and it’s getting to a very juicy, exciting time,” the actress said.

“Darlings” plot

“Darlings” is mainly the story of a mother and daughter relationship. The duo, named Badru (played by Bhatt) and Shamshu (played by Shefali Shah), seek to flee the abuse they faced from Badru’s husband.

Many Indian film critics complimented the movie for its careful handling of the subject matter and consideration of real-life experiences of women facing similar challenges. According to first-time director Jasmeet K. Reen, she didn’t want the violence to be explicit at the beginning of the film because it would trivialize the issue. It was a decision made by Reen to ensure that the audience remembered the impact of the scenes.

Slowly but painfully, the violence perpetrated against the women became clearer and clearer, allowing the audience to feel the film’s eventual unnerving purpose. Likewise, the duo’s determination to break free from the male character’s clutches is also becoming more evident.

“It’s not a normal Bollywood film. I tried to play with structure. I tried to play with genre — to say something and be sensitive towards it,” the film director said.

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Changes should be made in the male-driven Bollywood

“Bollywood, like most industries in India, is male-dominated, and that largely determines who gets represented and how,” said Anwer and Arora, a clinical associate professor at Purdue University’s Honors College.

Plots are becoming more inclusive, and the horizon for the discussion of societal issues is expanding as more films are starring and directed by women. According to Bhatt, the present practice is empowering women to take a stand on major issues that have socially marginalized women.

Reen wishes that now that she has taken the first step, she will inspire more female directors to produce films like “Darlings.”

Source: CNN

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