Remember the announcement from last year which made a million dollar statement? “Aauraton ka apmaan aapki sehat ke liye bohot haanikarak hai!”

Netflix just dropped out the teaser for the Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah starrer new film, in what ended up becoming one of the best edited Indian trailers in recent memory. “Darlings” is directed by Jasmeet K. Reen and it marks Alia Bhatt’s OTT debut as a producer. Darlings is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Eternal Sunshine Productions.

The backdrop of “Darlings” is the famous fable of the scorpion and the frog narrated by Alia Bhatt. The frog carries the scorpion across the river but midway gets stung by the scorpion who could not resist its nature even at the cost of his own life. The parallels seem to be echoed through characters of Vijay Shekar and Alia Bhatt; a love story with layers of complications. It gets even more captivating with the commendable expressions and the mystery that it creates. The characters played by Shefali Shah and Roshan Mathew seems to play a significant yet a passive role in the story line.

From the teaser, what we see is that there is a lot going on in the equation of each pair of characters. And there is a story in the minds of each of them, too. Not only this, there is a questionable crime in the picture as well. But Alia Bhatt claims ‘sirf khayalon mein maara tha.’ The teaser shows that the wonderful darlings are in a police station reporting something from the back of their minds that eventually turned out to be a reality. Like they just lived one of the unreal, thrilling and dark imagination of theirs.

We can’t wait to join the very enthralling dots of this teaser. It creates the impression of a dark satire that makes a comment on the true character of a being that does not change. Like the scorpion who could not resist stinging the frog even if it meant drowning himself.

Netflix will release Darlings on August 5th, 2022.


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