Confirmed: Alia Bhatt's Darlings to be remade in Tamil and Telugu
The films will mark Red Chillies Entertainment's foray into the southern markets
Alia Bhatt-starrer Darlings opened to warm responses on Netflix last week. The film, directed by Jasmeet K Reen, tackles the grim subject of domestic abuse, while adopting a vivid, entertaining cinematic grammar. Considerable praise has gone to the performances, especially Vijay Varma as a violent, alcoholic husband.
While the film marks the debut of Alia Bhatt as a producer (with her banner Eternal Sunshine Productions), the other producer, Shah Rukh Khan, with his production house Red Chillies Entertainment has decided to make the film in Tamil and Telugu.
While speaking about the same, Gaurav Verma, Producer and COO, Red Chillies Entertainment, said, “We had the script of Darlings with us for a while now and through the journey of making it, we decided to make it in multiple languages. The film has a certain landscape which can be adapted very well in multiple languages. The process is on as we speak.” Sharing the idea of changing a bit of the film as per local sensibilities, Gaurav adds, “The story remains the same, but we will localize it. Darlings was a story set in Mumbai, but now, we will create a different world for Tamil and Telugu. We localize the characters and their reactions.”
Darlings will mark Red Chillies Entertainment's entry into the Tamil and Telugu market as a standalone banner. “If given an opportunity, it has been a path we want to walk on. Jawan will be released in multiple languages. To go to the Tamil and Telugu market is not something we will consolidate or have offices there, but it’s going to be on a script-to-script basis. Darlings has the potential, so we are taking it there,” he added.
In his concluding statement, Gaurav said, "A lot of people sell off the rights, but we want to participate in the process of taking this story to other languages. We have been associated with the script for 4 years now and we want it to grow in the right way. Of course, there will be language barriers, but we will make sure it’s done correctly.”
“Very rarely do we come across a film which does well commercially and critically. We are all overwhelmed with the response. It’s good to be at the receiving end,” he adds.
You can read our review of Darlings here -