Shah Rukh Khan Wanted To Play Vijay Varma’s Toxic Lead Role In Darlings!

Alia Bhatt’s debut project as a producer, Darlings has been released on Netflix and has earned massive appreciation. The film stars Alia Bhatt, Vijay Varma and Shefali Shah in the leading roles. The film is about a toxic love story with revenge and a lot of thrill. 

Darlings is a dark satire based on domestic abuse. The story revolves around Badrunnisa/Badru (Alia Bhatt) and her husband Hamza Shaikh (Vijay Varma). But her decision turned out to be a disaster as Hamza, who is an alcoholic, abuses her physically as well as mentally.

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But soon after bearing all the torture, Badru finally changes her mindset and decides to ‘get rid of Hamza’. The revengeful Badru makes plans with her mother (Shefali Shah) to torture his husband and treat him the same way he used to do to her for all these years. 

The critics and fans have actually loved the film a lot and are showering praises on the actors. While various people are busy talking about Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah, we have said this before, and repeating this now, that Vijay Varma is the most phenomenal and show stealer in his role.

Vijay aced the role of a toxic man and perfectly performed all the shades of the character. But do you know, even Bollywood’s Badshah Shah Rukh Khan wanted to play this role? 

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Yes, Shah Rukh Khan is associated with this film as a producer. But when he read the film’s script even he desired to play Hamza.  In an interview with Film Companion, Vijay Varma narrated the story.

He stated, “I remember, somebody had told me, when Shah Rukh sir read the script; he was like ‘Agar main young hota toh yeh role main hi karta’ which was kind of interesting for me to hear. That was also one of the reasons I felt that I could do this role, if Shah Rukh Khan thinks that he can do this role, being an absolute lover-boy and a sweetheart. Of course, I was scared to take up a role like this, but I’m very glad that it hit the nail in the right place.”

Not only this, Vijay Varma went on to talk a lot more about the film, his feelings and the Bollywood standards. He highlighted the fact that Bollywood has actually grown lately and he feels good about the same. 

Vijay Varma said, “Humlog ek achi jagah tak pohoch gaye hain, a society where ek ladki pe hath uthane wala mard, logon ko pasand nahi araha hai, for a change, 80s-90s ke cinema mein humnne dikhaya hai ki kabhi bhi mann karta hai 2 laafe laga dete hain.”

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He was also asked about the comparison between Kabir Singh and his character Hamza in Darlings. To this, he stated,  “I think it was an antithesis, a different point of view, and the magic lies in the gaze, it’s told by a woman…and Jasmeet ka nazariya bohot sahi tha. Uss nazariye se tormentor ko humanise bhi kiya hai, lekin usko bataya hai ki ye monster hai, isko hum celebrate nahi kar sakte.”

While talking about how insecure and nervous he was after playing this role, Vijay Varma quoted, “When I walked out of the screening, I remember Alia was like, ‘are you ok,’ I’m really like, ‘mera career khatam ho jayega iske baad.’ The performance that creates that kind of hate and dread is scary for an actor.”

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