Wednesday, November 24, 2010
When you combine two of my favorite things in one film - goofy masala and Prabhas - I am guaranteed to like the result... even if that result is the admittedly messy Darling.
Darling opens, as these films do, with the protagonists as children. Master Prabha and Baby Nandini share a bit of moment while they perform a dance for their fathers’ college reunion. “14” years later Master Prabha has grown up to become, yes, THE YOUNG REBEL STAR PRABHAS!!!!!!!!
(*cough* Sorry, I’ll try to contain the inner fangirl, although I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how young the YOUNG REBEL STAR still looks.)
So, the now Prabhas Prabha breaks the heart of the daughter of some local don (Mukesh Rishi, who I just saw in the same role in Bombaat) and in retaliation, the don gathers up all of Prabha’s friends and holds them hostage unless Prabha agrees to marry his daughter.
Prabha, being a quick-thinking fellow, tells the don that it wouldn’t be fair to his daughter because he could never love her whole-heartedly the way her daddy does. When the don calls “bullshit” on this, Prabha breaks out a story about his long lost love Nandini... and how she tragically (*sob*) lives in Switzerland.
*wavy lines Wayne’s World style*
I really don’t want to give away the plot, which is ridiculous and makes no sense but is enjoyable all the same. (Also, do not read the wikipedia summary of the plot because it gives away the whole story!!!) So here is what I’ll tell you:
Nandini is an angel and is played by Kajal Agarwal.
Prabha’s group of friends are delightful. (They're in a band!)
Prabha gets a rival for Nandini’s affections - this guy, who is a hilarious exaggeration of every filmi cliche for Heroes and at one point challenges Prabha to an ice chopping competition. Yes.
More fights - especially like this crazy one - would have been appreciated.
Kajal Aggarwal is adorable.
Kajal Agarwal is adorable.
And so is Prabhas.
The use of Switzerland is pitch perfect and I thought the song picturizations were great.
While I did enjoy Darling, I couldn’t help but notice that Prabhas looked pretty darn tired through most of the film. He was not quite as exuberant as he usually is and we didn’t get as many fights as usual.
(That doesn't mean he's not the SUPER COOL, though!)
So, if you enjoy silly masala that involves angels stealing chocolate bars, tear-jerking scenes of filial affection, and contests to chop big blocks of ice in half you might enjoy this one. I certainly did!
Note from Filmi Girl:
I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.
If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.
xoxo Filmi Girl