- 2h 6min
Depressed in life, three youngsters decide to commit suicide and go to a beach house to do it, not realizing that the place is haunted by a ghost.Depressed in life, three youngsters decide to commit suicide and go to a beach house to do it, not realizing that the place is haunted by a ghost.Depressed in life, three youngsters decide to commit suicide and go to a beach house to do it, not realizing that the place is haunted by a ghost.
Darling, the first film in the recent Tamil History to come with an English title, falls in the comedy-horror genre, a genre that attained popularity with Yamirukka Bayamey, Aranmanai. Surely this is not the last of this genre and some more can expected from Tamil Cinema.
The movie succeeds on many steps: The humour has been used to such effect that any outside listener would find it hard to believe that a horror movie is being screened inside.. (given the laughs and claps.) But the traditional Horror stereotypes could have been avoided say the 12'O clock sharp-supernatural-appointment , the excessive kajal around the eyes of the supernatural, the cracked plaster make up, closing of doors.
It is pleasing to see Karunas back after a brief hibernation as an avid suicide enthusiast. Noteworthy of his scenes is when he pranks a religious custom (still worried how it will be received). GV Prakash's (yes, the now familiar musician) debut has very little scope for acting given the only expression that he throws at us (while being thrown across the room several times) is "shock". Not shocking at all.
Nikki Gilrani's debut would have been more acting friendly, if we could somehow peer through the plaster make up (which does a good job of hiding her expressions well).
Several movies have been referenced (I, Puthiya paravai, Thuppaki, even a spoof TV show).Most surprising is when a movie referenced (I) runs in the next screen.
The single most whistles in the movie goes to the cameo appearance of "Naan kadavul" Rajendran as Ghost Gopal Verma with an entry , credits to the graphic designers of Ghost Rider (yes, that Nic-Cage movie).With just two scenes he leaves the audiences in splits alongside a strong impression (his "I am waiting" was the first eye- turner for this low profile movie).
On the whole the movie has overwhelmingly satisfied the viewers and is definitely worth a watch. A fair warning though, the comedy- horror genre slowly develops into comedy-horror-romantic genre towards the end. The only flaw (which comes only in the post-movie- post-mortem) is that excess humour can dissatisfy few (not sure of how much) who go in expecting a full- blown horror movie.
Darling: Dear Devil.
- Jan 18, 2015