Another Day, Another Ban! #BoycottAliaBhatt Trend Claims 'Darlings' Is Promoting Domestic Violence Against Men

Every week there is a new Boycott Bollywood hashtag trending on Twitter. After Laal Singh Chaddha, Alia Bhatt’s Darlings is getting called out for mocking Domestic violence victims. Darlings set to release on Netflix on August 5, 2022, is directed by Jasmeet K Reen and produced by Alia Bhatt. It follows Badrunissa Shaikh, a victim of domestic abuse, and how she freed herself with the help of her family.

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The trailer shows Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah filing a complaint at the police station claiming that her husband went missing. Meanwhile, other scenes showed Alia and Shefali inflicting some violence on Vijay Varma’s character Hamza. The trailer also features a few glimpses of Hamza abusing Badru often before she decided to stand up for herself. Given the context of the film and being marketed as a comedy release, many claimed that the film made a mockery of domestic violence and is promoting abuse towards men.

The slander against the actress began on social media, with some claiming that she also romanticised the criminal lifestyle in Gangubai Kathiawadi. Others have called her Indian Amber Heard, and some even claimed that the film is insensitive.

Earlier this week, we had a chance to talk to Alia Bhatt and director Jasmeet K Reen about the film’s dark comedy theme and the domestic violence depicted in the film. We asked them about the process that went into navigating the two drastically different tones and if they had a checklist, deciding if something would not be okay to depict on screen.

Jasmeet who has also co-written the script revealed that they had to balance the dark and the comedy in the film and the process began early on during the writing stage. “There are other genres in this film, there’s a thriller, there is also drama and, a bit of romance and, but you can’t go too dark. So because it’s a dark comedy, overall it is fun. We had to maintain that balance. At the writing stage itself, we tried to do it. But even visually you have to be careful as to what is more impactful to show or just draw the line somewhere.”

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Talking about portraying abuse on screen, Alia who is debuting as a producer added, “Speaking about the subject of violence and abuse, I don’t think that was ever treated with insensitivity or a light tone. In fact, we were very, very careful of that because that’s not the point of the story.” The actress revealed that the lightness in scenes comes from the “comedy of errors” and the way Badru and her mother Shamshu are responding in the high-stress situations.

Alia explained that in retrospect it’s humorous, but the film is about showing the audience two sides. “At the end of the day, it’s not just a dark comedy. It’s you just discovering these people and their dynamics and their relationships. You see them evolve as people.”

Filmmaker Jasmeet K Reen also emphasised, “To them, it is a serious problem. They’re not trying to crack jokes, the situation is such that will make you laugh.”

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John Colin

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