DARLINGS is the story of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. Badrunissa aka Badru (Alia Bhatt) is the daughter of Shamshunissa Ansari aka Shamshu (Shefali Shah). Her father died many years ago. Badru and Hamza Sheikh (Vijay Varma) are in love. After Hamza lands a
DARLINGS is the story of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. Badrunissa aka Badru (Alia Bhatt) is the daughter of Shamshunissa Ansari aka Shamshu (Shefali Shah). Her father died many years ago. Badru and Hamza Sheikh (Vijay Varma) are in love. After Hamza gets a job on the railroad, he proposes marriage. Both get married and move into an apartment in Barha Chawl, Mumbai. Shamshu also resides in the same chawl, also on the same floor. Three years have passed. Hamza is revealed to be an alcoholic and a woman beater. He would attack Badru at night over trivial matters. In the morning he would apologize or express regret for the violence. Badru would then forgive her. Shamshu hates seeing her daughter get beat up by Hamza. She suggests that she get rid of him and even kill him if possible! However, Badru feels that he will change one day and that might happen when they have a baby. She tells him to stop drinking, but he doesn’t. One day he finds out that he has cirrhosis of the liver. The doctor warns him that if he drinks he could die. Hamza hides this information from her and pretends to have stopped drinking alcohol for good. Her life gets better and Badru is on cloud nine. She gets pregnant. All is going well until Hamza becomes violent again, this time without drinking, attacking Badru so violently that she miscarries. She is taken to the hospital. Here she decides to take revenge and stop suffering. She asks the doctor for sleeping pills because she complains of insomnia. She lies about it and gives Hamza the pills without his knowledge. As soon as he goes to sleep, she ties him up. Shamshu becomes her accomplice, although she doesn’t understand what her daughter is up to with Hamza. What happens next forms the rest of the film.