Vijay Varma says he was blown away by his upcoming movie’s “fresh and fascinating” script darlingsa film that treads a thin line between darkness and humor.
Directed by Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah, who play the mother-daughter duo, the film marks the directorial debut of writer Jasmeet K Reen.
Varma said he was a mixed bag of emotions when he first read the script, co-written by Reen and Parveez Sheikh.
“I was quite shocked and shocked by the script. At the same time, it intrigued me a lot. It’s a fine line between darkness and humor. I wanted to get a better sense of what the director was thinking.
“So we got a call and I understood where she was coming from. The perspective she was trying to bring made it so much more interesting for me,” Varma told PTI.
On paper, darlings explores the lives of a mother-daughter duo who fight against all odds to find courage and love, but the Gully Boy star said he thought Reen had more to say.
Varma plays Hamza, a train ticket collector and abusive husband of Bhatt’s character Badrunissa in the Mumbai film.
darlings presented an irresistible challenge to take on, he said.
“Just reading it on paper gives you an idea of the story. But what is the director’s opinion? When I got to know that, I found it fascinating. It was a huge challenge and I had to take on that challenge. have a script so fresh and fascinating, a chance to work with Shefali Shah, Alia Bhatt, you don’t really have to think much,” the actor added.
darlings is produced by Bhatt through its banner Eternal Sunshine Productions, in association with superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.
To take on the role of his character Hamza, a man living in the Byculla area of South Mumbai, Varma underwent a series of workshops.
The 36-year-old actor said he followed Reen’s cue, who wanted the character to be played on a “slightly elevated” pitch.
“I worked with Jasmeet a lot before I started filming. Alia, Shefali and I had read our roles and I figured quite early on that the more realistic I play the part, the more presumptuous it can be. So we tried a little ‘mazaa ‘ in it, fortify it a bit and bring more flavor and juice.” Byculla, a bustling middle-class neighborhood in south Mumbai known for its outspoken slang, has a certain kind of flavor that it tried to incorporate, Varma said.
“There are certain habits of the character that you will see in the movie,” he added.
darlings will be released on Netflix on August 5.
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