Darr

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Darr: A Violent Love Story
Darr poster.jpg
Poster
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Honey Irani
Javed Siddiqui
Starring Juhi Chawla
Sunny Deol
Shahrukh Khan
Anupam Kher
Dilip Tahil
Music by Shiv-Hari
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by Keshav Naidu
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) 24 December 1993
Running time 177 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR15 million (US$250,000)
Box office INR193 million (US$3.2 million)[1]

Darr: A Violent Love Story (translation: Fear) is a 1993 Bollywood romantic psychological thriller film directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It stars Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol, and Shahrukh Khan in the lead roles. It is the second film in which Shahrukh Khan played the role of a villain. It is considered to be one of his best performances and earned him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Villain.

In 1993, Shahrukh Khan won acclaim for his performances in villainous roles as an obsessive lover, respectively, in the box office hits, Darr and Baazigar. In Khan's entry in Encyclopædia Britannica's "Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema" it was stated that "he defied the image of the conventional hero in both these films and created his own version of the revisionist hero."[2] Darr marked his first collaboration with renowned film-maker Yash Chopra and his banner Yash Raj Films, the largest production company in Bollywood.

Darr was later remade in Kannada as Preethse.[3] Shahrukh Khan celebrated 20th anniversary of the release of Darr on 24 December 2013. The film has attained classic status over the years and is regarded as one of Chopra's best.

Plot[edit]

Kiran (Juhi Chawla) is a college girl who is on her way home for Holi break one year when she hears a man serenading her across the campus in Simla. Her heart swells as she assumes that her boyfriend, Sunil (Sunny Deol),

has come to meet her and escort her home. Unfortunately, it isn't Sunil, but Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), a classmate with a crush on her. The opening number, Jaado Teri Nazar, sets the tone for Darr, in which Rahul pursues Kiran with increasingly desperate vigor, much to the chagrin of Kiran, Sunil, her brother Vijay (Anupam Kher) and his wife Poonam (Tanvi Azmi) with whom Kiran lives.

Kiran boards the train back home, disappointed that Sunil did not show up to escort her. Sunil is a Navy officer, and is sent on a mission to free a child hostage from some terrorists on the high seas. With his bravery, a couple of guns, and a knife, Sunil manages to take out at least a dozen machine-gun toting terrorists without breaking a sweat. Rahul is the son of captain Mehra (Dilip Tahil) who also happens to be the captain of Sunil. Rahul tries to be friendly with Sunil in order to be closer to Kiran.

When Kiran reaches her brother's home, she is immediately accosted by a flashlight wielding Rahul, who stops her from entering with what will become his signature line, "I love You, k-k-k-kiran". That terrifying stutter becomes Rahul's calling card, literally, as he continues stalking her over the phone, causing much stress to the family. In order to calm her nerves, Sunil takes Kiran to visit the small home which he has bought for them to live in once they are married. For Sunil and Kiran, marriage is the solution, because no stalker could possibly be crazy enough to continue making threatening phone calls after his dream girl is married .

Rahul longs to be close to Kiran by any means necessary, and constantly schemes to make that happen. When he learns that her family will be celebrating Holi at their home with some friends, he decides to crash the party incognito as a member of the band joining them in holi celebrations and taking part in song after the song. Sunil asks Kiran to go offer the band some money for their performance, at which point Rahul, veiled in Holi colors and with an unshaven face, creeps Kiran out with one of his "I love You, k-k-k-kiran" outbursts. Kiran shrieks and sends Sunil off to take care of the hooligan who has invaded their home, which leads to a foot chase.

When Rahul hears that Sunil and Kiran are engaged, he doesn't take the news well. One day when they are out ring shopping, Rahul takes a shot at Sunil from what he believes is a safe distance. Unfortunately for Rahul, he misses and then begins a chase. Soon Kiran and Sunil are married but the lovelorn Rahul hasn't gotten over Kiran, in fact, in the interim he's been talking to his mother (who died 18 years ago in a car accident) on the phone about the lovely girl he's going to take for a wife. Rahul has 8-foot photographs of Kiran projected on every wall of his bedroom, and he sings to them, he puts lipstick on them, and he promises her that whether she likes it or not she will be his. (tu haan kar ya naa kar tu hai Meri Kiran).

After Sunil and Kiran are married they move to another place, where Rahul had already written on the walls his love notes and seeing this Kiran faints. In order to get as far away from the drama as possible, Sunil takes Kiran on a surprise honeymoon to Switzerland. While the happy couple has been forgetting their woes, Rahul has been back home trying to figure out where exactly they went. He befriends Kiran's brother and through some rather devious means, learns of their honeymoon in the Alps and decides to join them. When he turns up at their hotel, he is surprised to find that Kiran recognizes him from school and welcomes him to join in some of their festivities. That evening after Vijay calls them and tells him about Rahul, Sunil begins to get suspicious and starts to question Rahul's alibi for appearing unannounced in Switzerland. Sunil sends Kiran on a boat and confronts Rahul. Rahul takes off but Sunil catches up with him in the forest where they have a fight. Surprisingly, Rahul is able to surprise him and leaves Sunil for dead before abducting Kiran and forcing her to marry him. Luckily for Kiran, Sunil comes back and beats Rahul up and shoots him 3 times, killing him. The couple then head back to India and reunite with their family.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Yash Chopra had originally offered the role of Rahul to Ajay Devgan. However, Devgan declined because he was busy with other projects. Aamir Khan was then approached but also declined, because he was not happy with how Chopra directed Parampara. Aamir recommended the film to Shahrukh at Salman Khan's Eid party in 1993 and asked him to talk to Chopra because he felt that he was perfect for the role.[4] Thus, Darr marked Khan's first collaboration with Chopra and Yash Raj Films.

Chopra offered Sunny Deol the choice between playing the role of Rahul and Sunil. Deol chose the latter, believing it would be an asset to his career. However, this did not happen.

Soundtracks[edit]

The soundtrack for this film was written by Shiv-Hari. It became the second best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.[5]

Darr
Soundtrack album by Shiv-Hari
Released 1993
Genre Film soundtrack
Label HMV Records
Shiv-Hari chronology
Sahibaan
(1993)
Darr
(1993)
Title Singer(s)
"Tu Mere Saamne" Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar
"Ang Se Ang Lagana" Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Sudesh Bhosle
"Jaadu Teri Nazar" Udit Narayan
"Darwaza Band Karlo" Lata Mangeshkar, Abhijeet Bhattacharya
"Likha Hai Ye" Hariharan, Lata Mangeshkar
"Meri Maa Ne Laga Diye" Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pamela Chopra

Box office[edit]

Darr was the third highest grossing Indian film of 1993 after Aankhen and Khalnayak, being declared a "blockbuster" at the Box Office.[6]

Remake[edit]

Darr originally inspired from the Hollywood movie Cape Fear was remade in Kannada as Preethse (2000) which stars Upendra as Chandu (Rahul) Sivajkumar as Surya (Sunil) and Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre played Kiran..

Awards[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
National Film Award National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Won
Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Anupam Kher Won
Best Cinematographer Manmohan Singh Won
Best Director Yash Chopra Nominated
Best Villain Shah Rukh Khan Nominated
Best Music Director Shiv-Hari Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. (Encyclopædia Britannica (India) Pvt. Ltd), Popular Prakashan. p. 574. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  3. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Preethse review". Rediff. 2000-01-31. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Aamir Khan Rejected Yash Chopra's ‘Darr’ and Recommended Shahrukh". ibtimes.co.in. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Music Hits 1990–1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Box Office 1993". Box Office India. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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