wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
What can you say about a suspense thriller in which you laugh instead of getting thrilled? A suspense thriller in which the plot barely moves but the camera does all the moving?Read more
You know, how sometimes you walk into a movie, but carry a general dislike for one of the actors and are wary of having to watch him/her for the next couple hours. For the first time after a long-long time, I was wary while entering the theatre. Wary not of the actor, not so-much of the director, or the music director either. It was the anticipated giddying camera work that was making me anxious. Who was going to control him given the suspense-thriller genre? And I was not disappointed. Amit Roy does the trick again - of working really hard on what he thinks is cool. The problem is it does not look good at all. The background score too seems like there is a murder-a-minute waiting to happen.
Now, instead of plagiarizing myself, I am going to have you read my complaints, which are the same for this movie, here.
The whole team takes a good share of the blame, because ultimately the director calls the shots and directs the camerawork. Also, what the audience feels has a lot to do with the way the actors are shot. On the other hand, maybe, just maybe if the performances are strong enough they can rise above the other drawbacks. But, none of that happens.
The entire cast does a reasonably mediocre job. Each one of them starts with one expression that suits their character and holds on to it for the rest of the movie. As I mentioned earlier, it is difficult to judge the performances. The extra-dull dialogues didn't help either. The movie was called Darling because Geeta (Esha Deol) wanted to call Aaditya (Fardeen Khan) "Darling" sarcastically every ten mintues. Or may be it was the other way round. The script was far from satisfactory too. If the script does not move forward, how can the actors be expected to change their expressions, you see.
Also, I can't remember another movie in which songs seemed more forced in. Even the item numbers at the beginning and the end seemed to be there to keep people happy. Like a promise to be kept with Nisha Kothari. Or like Isha Koppikar's excessively-clad character needed some breathing space, so "here do an item number, and throw that character-defining sari away". Oh and the crooning, "oooo-oooo-tadap-tadap" sounded so familiar, just can't remember which other movie had a similar tune...it's at the tip of my tongue... Yeah-yeah, I am good at subtle sarcasm.
So, a suspense thriller which makes you laugh instead of making you clench your nails into the seat. A camera that does all the moving on behalf of the plot. I am not left with many insults to fling at the whole team.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, B4U TV : ...Fardeen Khan is a revelation and so is Esha Deol.... full review
Thumbs up, Bollyvista.com : ...The characters of Inspector Reddy and his stern faced colleague Malati Pandey are very well etched and well performed.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...The script is unusual, screenplay is witty and the film is engaging... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...Although the screenplay is captivating and keeps you hooked to the proceedings, the only time it takes a dip is in the post interval portions.... full review
Thumbs up, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...Darling is a horror with ripples of romance, humour and thrill spread over the colourful palette of entertainment... full review
Thumbs up, by Satyajit, SmasHits.com : ...It would have been better for him to have restricted himself to his style of filmmaking rather than trying to plagiarize old-age formulae... full review
So-So, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...Isha Koppikar is somewhat marginalized but she enacts her part of a middle-class wife with conviction.... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...Darling isn’t a patch on Ramu’s finest films like Satya and Company but it isn’t Aag either, which I suppose is cause for celebration... full review
So-So, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...Amit Roy is excellent with camera... full review
Thumbs down, by Jaspreet Pandohar, BBC : ...TWISTS AND TURNS CAN BE SEEN A MILE OFF... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The editing leaves a lot of gaps and the music fails to set the pace.... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...I went mad when Fardeen sang Kahin deep jale kahin dil like Waheeda Rehman did... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Director Ramgopal Varma pushes the envelope considerably, but just a little short of what was required here... full review
Thumbs down, by Praveen Lance Fernandes, indiatimes : ...At one moment, you are laughing and then in the next the ghost is crying... full review
Thumbs down, by Amit Kaundinya, J.A.M : ...Only ghosts should watch this flick, as they wouldn’t have to pay for the ticket.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rashmee Desai, M TV : ...Looks like married life is treating you well, huh, Fardeen?... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...She (Esha) brings depth, despair, pathos and humour into her rather hazily-written role... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Darling's a joke on dead people and drifting ghosts... full review
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Aaditya (Fardeen Khan) is cheating on his wife, Ashwini (Isha Koppikar). His affair with his secretary, Geeta (Esha Deol) has to end. Why? How? All for you to sit through.
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