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Darr: A Violent Love Story
डर
ڈر
Darr poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed by Yash Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Honey Irani
Javed Siddiqui
Starring Sunny Deol
Juhi Chawla
Shah Rukh Khan
Anupam Kher
Dilip Tahil
Music by Shiv-Hari
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by Keshav Naidu
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 24 December 1993 (1993-12-24)
Running time
177 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 3.25 crore[1]
Box office est.19.73 crore[1]

Darr: A Violent Love Story (Hindi: डर, "Fear") is a 1993 Indian psychological thriller directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It stars Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla & Shah Rukh Khan in the pivotal roles. In the film Shah Rukh Khan played the role of an obsessive lover.

The film was well received by critics and audiences, earning the film and its actors accolades. It has attained classic status over the years and is regarded as one of Chopra's best. Darr was later remade in Kannada as Preethse.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film begins with Kiran (Juhi Chawla), a college student, returning to home for Holi celebrations and being obsessively stalked along the way by Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), her classmate who has a crush on her. Kiran's boyfriend Sunil (Sunny Deol) is a Navy Marine Commando officer, and is on a mission to free a child hostage from some terrorists on the high seas. Sunil's Captain Mehra (Dilip Tahil) is also the father of Rahul. Rahul tries to be friendly with Sunil in order to be closer to Kiran.

When Kiran reaches her brother Vijay's (Anupam Kher) home, she is continually stalked by Rahul on the phone. This causes much stress to herself and her family. He crashes Kiran's family's Holi celebrations incognito as a member of the band. Sunil asks Kiran to offer the band some money for their performance, where Rahul, veiled in Holi colours, whispers "I love you, K-K-K-Kiran" to Kiran, which disturbs her greatly and a foot chase ensues to find the hooligan who's invaded their house, but Rahul soon disappears into the crowd.

When Rahul receives the news of Kiran and Sunil's engagement, he tries to shoot and kill Sunil when the couple are out shopping for a wedding ring. He misses his aim and Sunil begins to chase him, from which Rahul narrowly escapes being recognised by Sunil.

Kiran and Sunil get married but Rahul still refuses to give up on Kiran. He defaces the newly married couple's home with graffiti declaring his love, causing more distress to them. To get away from the stalker, Sunil takes Kiran on a surprise honeymoon to Switzerland. Learning their location through devious means, Rahul turns up at their hotel in the Alps. Kiran recognizes him from college and the couple welcome him to be part of their festivities. That very evening, Sunil finds out from Kiran's brother Vijay that Rahul is the one who has been Kiran's stalker all along. He sends Kiran away on a boat and confronts Rahul. Rahul tries to run but Sunil catches up with him in a forest where they have a fight. Rahul wounds Sunil after feigning surrender,and leaves him for dead. He then goes to the boat and tries to forcefully abduct Kiran, when Sunil comes back and brutally beats him before shooting and killing him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Sunny Deol was the first lead actor to be casted. Rishi Kapoor and Ajit's son Arbaaz Ali Khan were offered Sunil's role before him, but they rejected it. Yash Chopra offered Deol the choice between playing the roles of Rahul and Sunil, and he chose the latter believing it would be an asset to his career.

Sanjay Dutt was the original choice of the role of lead antagonist Rahul but Chopra was unable to get him because of his jail sentence due to illegal possession of arms. Sudesh Berry was then considered for the role but was rejected after a screen test. It was then offered to Ajay Devgan and Aamir Khan, both of whom rejected it because of casting-related conflicts and the anti-hero nature of the role.[3] Shah Rukh Khan was ultimately signed in for the lead antagonist Rahul's role, marking his first collaboration with Yash Chopra and Yash Raj Films.

Divya Bharti was originally casted for the role of Kiran, but she was replaced with Juhi Chawla on Aamir Khan's request, and the change was preserved when he left the project.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for Darr was composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia. It was the second best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.[4] The film also features the song, Ooops Up by Snap! and various versions of Right Here Waiting, originally recorded by Richard Marx.[5]

Darr
Darr 1993 Audio CD.jpg
Soundtrack album by Shiv-Hari
Released 1993
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 42:12
Label HMV Records
Shiv-Hari chronology
Sahibaan
(1993)
Darr
(1993)

All lyrics written by Anand Bakshi. 

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Jaadoo Teri Nazar"   Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 4:41
2. "Darwaza Band Karlo"   Lata Mangeshkar, Abhijeet 6:05
3. "Tu Mere Saamne"   Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan 6:07
4. "Ishq Da Rog"   Lata Mangeshkar, Vinod Rathod 5:43
5. "Solah Button"   Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pamela Chopra 7:35
6. "Likha Hai Yeh"   Lata Mangeshkar and Hariharan 5:12
7. "Ang Se Ang Lagana"   Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Sudesh Bhosle 6:49

Box office[edit]

Darr was the third highest grossing Indian film of 1993 after Aankhen and Khalnayak and was declared a "Super Hit" at the box office.[6]

Remakes[edit]

Darr was remade in Kannada as Preethse, starring Upendra as Chandu (Rahul) Shiva Rajkumar as Surya (Sunil) and Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre playing Kiran.[7]

The teaser trailer of five-part webseries Darr 2.0 was released on YouTube on August 30, 2016.[8] It is to be a retelling of the film in a contemporary setting, portraying cyber-stalking and digital crimes. The webseries is produced by Ashish Chopra under the banner of Y-Films and is directed by Vikash Chandra. Screenplay and dialogues are by Nikhil Taneja and Shubham Yogi.[9]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result References
National Film Award National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Yash Chopra Won [10]
Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Anupam Kher Won [11]
Best Cinematographer Manmohan Singh Won
Best Director Yash Chopra Nominated
Best Villain Shah Rukh Khan Nominated
Best Music Director Shiv-Hari Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Udit Narayan Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Darr - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Preethse review". Rediff. 31 January 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Aamir Khan Rejected Yash Chopra's 'Darr' and Recommended Shahrukh". ibtimes.co.in. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Music Hits 1990–1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Darr (1993) - Original Soundtrack http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109555/soundtrack.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Box Office 1993". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  7. ^ He Ram! What's going on? rediff.com
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1aP9a8-yKg&feature=youtu.be.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Dixit, Mini. "Shah Rukh's Darr is getting a creepy, stalker-ish, web series makeover". India Today. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Gopalakrishnan, K.; Aggarwal, Semugha. 41st National Film Festival (PDF). Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. pp. 18–19. 
  11. ^ "Filmfare Awards (1994)". Retrieved 12 September 2016.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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