Darling (2010 film)

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Directed by A. Karunakaran
Produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad
Written by Darling Swamy (dialogues)
Screenplay by A. Karunakaran
Story by A. Karunakaran
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography Andrew
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Distributed by
Release date
  • 23 April 2010 (2010-04-23)
Running time
153 mins
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget 210 million (US$3.2 million)[1][2]
Box office 550 million (US$8.5 million)[3]

Darling is a 2010 Indian Telugu-language family drama film, directed by A. Karunakaran. The film stars Prabhas and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles while Tamil actor Prabhu Ganesan plays a key role. The music is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. The film was released on 23 April 2010 and has received positive reviews from both critics and the audience. The film was a blockbuster at box office.[4] It was later dubbed in Hindi under the title Sabse Badhkar Hum[5] It was remade into Kannada as Bulbul.[6] and in Bengali as Darling.later this film dubbed into Tamil under same title.


The movie starts in the late 1980s when a group of friends celebrate their farewell party. They promise each other to keep in touch. Among them are Hanumantha Rao (Prabhu Ganesan), who has a son named Prabha (Prabhas), and Vishwanath (Ahuti Prasad) who has a daughter Nandini (Kajal Agarwal). To reach their professional goals, Vishwanath and Nandini travel to Switzerland, while Hanumantha Rao becomes a criminal lawyer and settles in India. Thus, Prabha and Nandini get separated in their childhood.

Years later, these old friends call for a reunion where a grown-up Prabha is eager to see his lover Nandini, but Nisha (Shraddha Das), the daughter of a local don (Mukesh Rishi), attempts suicide when Prabha doesn't accept her love. Her father tries to kill Prabha and his friends, but Prabha gets out of trouble by faking a story about his childhood love Nandini.

During the reunion at Bhadram's (Chandra Mohan) farmhouse, Prabha happens to see Nandini. He tries various tantrums to impress her, but in vain. His attempts are always thwarted by her brother. One day, he knowingly gives a lead about his sister's favorite game of basketball, forcing Prabha and his team to create a basketball court. As they play basketball, in comes Rishi (Vamsi Krishna), as Appala Raju's (M. S. Narayana) son, who gatecrashes into the game as he is cheered by Nandini. Both Rishi and Prabha vie with each other to impress Nandini, leading to a cold war between them.

Meanwhile, Prasanna, Bhadram's daughter, confesses to Prabha that she was in love with a man and she would marry him if she could pay a dowry of 5 million, and she forces Prabha to talk to her father into marrying off her to her boyfriend. Prabha is able to convince Bhadram about his daughter's marriage with the help of his father and his friends. Impressed by his managing skills, Nandini begins to show affection to Prabha. Jealous of Nandini's liking for Prabha, Rishi's friends try to paralyse Prabha by misconnecting the power cable of an iron box. Hanumantha Rao, unaware of their conspiracy, accidentally touches the iron box and gets an electric shock, leading to a scuffle between Prabha and Rishi. The fight results in Hanumantha Rao ejecting Prabha out of the house.

Later, Prabha finds out that Rishi is not Appala Raju's son, but Vishwanath's nephew. Vishwanath betrayed his father (Kota Srinivasa Rao) by marrying his girlfriend rather than the girl chosen by his father. As a result, he is ousted by his father. Hanumantha Rao, on Viswanath's behalf, negotiates with his father for a reconciliation. After many attempts, he agrees to forgive Viswanath, but on the condition that his daughter's son should marry Nandini.

Prabha decides not to reveal his love for Nandini and makes up his mind to leave. As Prabha tries to leave, Nandini reveals that she is in love with him all along. She was playing hard to get with Prabha only to know how much he loves her. But to save his father's reputation, he doesn't reveal his love to her and leaves the place leaving Nandini heartbroken. Nisha's father too realizes the truth that the story that Prabha had said was a lie, and tries to kill Prabha. Meanwhile, Nandini gets to know the truth behind Prabha's silence and convinces her father that she loves Prabha and he should get her married to Prabha. Prabha is rescued from Nisha's father in time by Nandini, who urges Nisha's father to spare Prabha as both of them love each other. The film ends with Prabha and Nandini getting married.[7]



The film opened to positive reviews. The Times of India gave a two and half star rating explaining "Director Karunakaran extracts good performances from his actors, but can't come up with a refreshing plot. It looks like the director hasn't really come out of his Tholi Prema hangover as he dishes out yet another one-sided love saga but fails to come up with a valid and logical reason to make a Gen Z lad to hold back his feelings for his lover until the last moment. However, he compensates it all, by adding loads of fun moments in the film and the screenplay does have its share of some touching moments".[8] Sify noted "Prabhas looked very handsome and his performance can be termed as the major highlight of the film".[9] Rediff felt that the film "is entertaining" and lauded the director for "showcasing clean wholesome family entertainment".[10] Local review sites GreatAndhra and Idlebrain both gave a three star rating and praised the actors performance and technical works of the film.[11][12]


Darling Soundtrack Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Released 8 April 2010 (2010-04-08)
Recorded 2010
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 25:56
Language Telugu
Label Supreme Music
Producer G. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology

The film had its audio release function on 8 April at Cyber Gardens, Hyderabad. The audio function was attended by Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja, Kajal Aggarwal, Puri Jagannadh, V. V. Vinayak, S. S. Rajamouli, Boyapati Srinu, Dil Raju, Meher Ramesh, A. Karunakaran, B. V. S. N. Prasad, Krishnam Raju, Sravanti Ravi Kishore, Shyam Prasad Reddy, Gemini Kiran, Aditya Babu, Andrews, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Supreme Raju, Parachuri Prasad, Nallamalapu Bujji, Ananth Sreeram, etc.

The programme started off with a cake cutting on the occasion of Allu Arjun and Ananth Sreeram's birthday. Later the audio was released by all the directors and the first copy of it was received by all heroes who attended the function.[13] The audio was well Received by the Public.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Hoshare" Ananth Sreeram K.K., Lesle Lewis 3:53
2. "Inka Edho" Ananth Sreeram Sooraj Santhosh, Prashanthini 5:17
3. "Neeve" Ananth Sreeram G. V. Prakash Kumar 4:46
4. "Bulle" Ramajogayya Sastry Mallikarjun, Priya Himesh 4:35
5. "Pranama" Ananth Sreeram Rahul Nambiar 3:31
6. "Yeyo" Ananth Sreeram Benny Dayal 3:51
Total length: 25:56

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominee Result
Nandi Awards Best Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao Won
Best Male Dubbing Artist R C M Raju Won
58th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Kajal Aggarwal Nominated
CineMAA Awards Best Actor (Jury) Prabhas Won
Santosham Film Awards Best Cinematographer Andrew Won
Mirchi Music Awards South Best Upcoming Male Singer – Telugu Sooraj Santhosh (for song "Inka Edho")


  • The film was released in 800 theaters worldwide


Darling movie was remade in Kannada as Bulbul starring Darshan, Ambareesh, Ramya Barna, Rachita Ram and directed by M.D Shridhar and Produced by Meena Thoogudeepa.[14]

Darling (2010)
Bulbul (2013)
Prabhas Darshan
Kajal Aggarwal Rachita Ram
Shraddha Das Ramya Barna
Prabhu Ambareesh


  1. ^ "AN AVERAGE FARE". Indian Express. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Namita Nivas. "Down South". Screenindia. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Top Ten Telugu Films of the year". Sify. 
  4. ^ gwapala (18 July 2010). "An Average Fare". Indian Express. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  5. ^ GoldminesTelefilms (20 June 2013). "Sabse Badhkar Hum Hindi Trailer". Youtube. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  6. ^ http://anaamikamathu.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/kannada-box-office-half-year-report-part-i/
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ "Darling Review". Times of india. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Darling review". Sify. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Darling is entertaining". Rediff. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Darling' Review: Watch It For Prabhas!!!!". greatandhra. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Telugu movie review-Darling". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.ragalahari.com/functions/3646/prabhas-kajals-darling-audio-release.aspx
  14. ^ "darling remade in kannada as bulbul". times of india. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

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