We at TFI have a quality which is not possessed by any other media portal. Instead of beating around the bush, we call spade a spade. And hence we today declare Alia Bhatt’s upcoming project ‘Darlings’ a misandrist film.
Alia Bhatt’s upcoming project ‘Darlings’ is all set to release on the OTT platform Netflix on August 5. Well, Netflix is losing subscribers in India and films like these are only going to decimate the platform further. Not to be surprised, #BoycottAliaBhatt is trending on Twitter and for all the correct reasons. Netizens have gone all guns blazing at her new film over normalising domestic violence and making a mockery out of it.
Alia Bhatt being compared to Amber Heard
Alia Bhatt is facing backlash for her upcoming OTT release film Darlings, in which Alia is playing the character of Badrunissa Shaikh, under her banner Eternal Sunshine Productions in collaboration with Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. Film Darlings is a dark comedy and Alia’s character is a victim of domestic abuse.
The trailer raised eyebrows when it shows a woman torturing her husband the same way he tortured her. For torturing her husband, Bhatt’s character is even being compared to Amber Heard.
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Alia Bhatt’s film ‘Darlings’ normalises domestic violence
Bhatt’s character is being shown torturing her husband and to your surprise, the film “Darlings” instead of criticising it is playing it for laughs, that instead takes away the seriousness of the crime.
Well, you might be thinking that we are exaggerating in the wake of Men’s rights. So, let me break down some scenes. Alia’s character not only kidnaps his husband played by Vijay Raaz but also tortures him on a daily basis and all this played with the background score of laughter. Badrunissa not only ties Hamza’s hands and stabs him, but has been also shown pulling him by hair as the second male actor force feeds him liquor. The scenes only get progressively worse as Alia’s character gags Hamza and forcefully injects him with a weird substance.
The clear message from the movie is one woman can and should avenge the torture committed on her. Glorifying violence on a large scale can be very damaging to the social and cultural fabric of the society. Also, the film Darlings comes at a time when lakhs of men face domestic abuse every year and the toll is increasing every year. Showing women in flawed characters, or bold, strengthened is in any way acceptable but revenging for your ‘apmaan’ should not be acceptable at any cost.
How misandry is becoming mainstream?
Would the makers have ever dared to put a female through the same treatment? The clear answer to it is, NO. The point we are trying to make here is that violence should not be justified under any circumstances, but gradually under our noses it is becoming mainstream and five years from now, misandry will be as normal as sexism.
From ads to TV shows to movies, every woke institution is busy painting men in a negative hue and this has furthered into misandry. Domestic violence is abuse faced by a spouse, and spousal abuse should be free from preconceived notions of gender.
Feminism is all that is wrong with Bollywood
Bollywood has been known for its misogyny, which is the wrong portrayal of women. Bollywood and its sexist approach is hidden from none. Many privileged women from the industry may have turned into the flag bearers of ‘social-media feminism’, but the industry as a whole is guilty of objectifying women, as it helps the producers mint money.
As per a UN-sponsored global study of female characters in popular films across the world, India is guilty of not portraying women in significant speaking roles and confining them to just helpless roles. The argument stands true barring some exceptions like Mother India.
From here, the western idea of feminism found the space to put its foot in the Indian industry, a minute section of women began retaliating and women were finally at the centre stage of the script. But what went wrong, misandry became a response to misogyny and Alia Bhatt’s Darlings can be simply seen in that light.
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