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Read Darlings Review Before Watching On This Weekend: Alia Bhatt, Vijay Varma, Shefali Shah and Roshan Mathew’s film is Self Questioning 

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Name: Darlings Director: Jasmeet K Reen Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vijay Varma, Shefali Shah and Roshan Mathew Release: Netflix Rating: 3.5 / 5

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It’s difficult to make a film that is entertaining but also has a strong message to convey, and despite several attempts in the past, very few filmmakers have been able to achieve this skill. 

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However, Darlings writer-director Jasmeet K Reen effortlessly manages to execute the mighty task.  Despite showing a large part of the Darlings world in the trailer itself, the dark-comedy has still a lot to offer in its little over two hour run time. Though at no point does the film seem lengthy, major credit for it goes to editor Nitin Baid.

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Darlings revolve around Badrunissa Sheikh aka Badru (Alia Bhatt), a strong-willed girl who tries her best to save her failing or a rather failed marriage with hubby Hamza Sheikh (Vijay Varma). 

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However, an unfortunate incident makes this comedy-drama a bit darker, forcing Badru and her mother Shamshunissa Sheikh (Shefali Shah) to take things in their own hands. 

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This Jasmeet K Reen directorial is a strong statement on domestic violence. It may attract a plethora of opinions on the route that the filmmaker has chosen to make her point, but hopefully it will atleast get people discussing the subject a lot more.

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It also makes you ponder upon topics like alcoholism and its impact on the family, superstition, manipulations, jealousy, karma, and impact of the parents’ lives and their choices on their kids.

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At one moment the character makes a strong statement, the next second she can make you cry, and in the third can bring a big smile to your face.

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Roshan Mathew as Zulfi is the true surprise element of the film, however, for me the real star of Darlings is Shefali Shah.