Darling (2007) *MQ*

If you are upset with Ram Gopal Verma for making a horrible remake of a legendary classis, then this week you are about to change your feelings for the maker. Ram Gopal comes up with another out-of-the-box flick, called “Darling”.

Darling is a great combination of horror and comedy.

Cast: Esha Deol, Fardeen Khan, Isha Koppikar

It cannot be considered as RGV’s best film but can be surely categorized amongst his better films. The film is full of humor and eerie moments that can bring in a lot of collection at the box office as compared to his AAG. Darling is one of the rarest films that have a unique combination of horror along with comedy. Probably, could be called a modified version of “Ghost” and “Raaz”.

The story revolves around three characters, Fardeen Khan (Aditya), Ishaa Kopikar and Esha Deol. Fardeen Khan is shown to be married to a traditional Ishaa Kopikar and runs into an affair in the office with Esha Deol. The story takes a huge twist when Esha Deol threatens Fardeen to marry her and when the latter denies, there is something that accidentally leads to Esha’s death and she becomes a ghost.

Esha has never pulled so many strings from her histrionic kitty. She brings depth, despair, pathos and humour into her rather hazily-written role.Esha comes across hazily for more than one reason. Like in “Aag”, Ram Gopal Varma gets together with his over-experimental director of photography Amit Roy to shoot “Darling” in a bluish lens-tinted light that covers the ghostly goings-on in a pall of gloom.

But Esha brightens up even the dullest frame. Not since Arjun Sablok’s “Na Tum Jano Na Hum” have we seen her seek such sensitive alcoves in her personality. Taking long, restless romps between frightful bouts of misadventures in cafes and cinema halls, Varma still manages to give Esha the camera space to convey the restless anguish of a woman scorned.

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