Darr

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Darr: A Violent Love Story
डर
ڈر
Darr poster.jpg
Theatrical 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
Tanvi Azmi
Dalip Tahil
Music by Shiv-Hari
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by Keshav Naidu
Production
company
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 24 December 1993 (1993-12-24)
Running time
177 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 3.25 crore[1]
Box office est.25.73 crore[1]

Darr: A Violent Love Story (Hindi: डर, "Fear") is a 1993 Indian psychological romantic thriller film directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It stars Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in leading roles. In the film, Shahrukh Khan played the role of an obsessive lover. The film also stars Anupam Kher, Tanvi Azmi and Dalip Tahil.

The film was well received by critics and audiences, earning the film and its actors accolades, it was declared a "blockbuster" at the domestic as well as overseas box office. 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 home to her brother Vijay (Anupam Kher) and his wife Poonam (Tanvi Azmi) for Holi celebrations and being obsessively stalked along the way by Rahul (Shahrukh 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 saves the child hostage. Sunil's Captain Mehra (Dalip Tahil) is also the father of Rahul. Rahul tries to be friendly with Sunil in order to be closer to Kiran.

When Kiran reaches 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 stabs Sunil with knife after feigning surrender, and leaves him for dead. He then goes to the boat and tries to forcefully abduct Kiran, he wants to marry Kiran without her consent. But Sunil comes back and brutally beats him before shooting and killing him. Kiran and Sunil then return to India and reunite with their family.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Sanjay Dutt was the original choice of the role of lead antagonist Rahul but Chopra was unable to finalise 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. Ajay Devgan was offered the role of Rahul but he couldn't accept due to other commitments. Later on, Aamir Khan (who had worked on Chopra's Parampara) was cast as Rahul.[3] Divya Bharti was cast as Kiran, but Khan did not want Bharti and instead wanted Juhi Chawla.[4] Khan later had other issues with the filming as he was not happy with the way Deol's character repeatedly punched his character in a fight sequence. He was further discontented when Chopra refused to give him and Deol a joint narration of the script.[5] Therefore, he ultimately opted out of the film altogether after which Shah Rukh Khan was cast as Rahul. Darr helped bring Shahrukh Khan to stardom and he went onto feature in Chopra's every directorial venture after this film. Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff were offered Sunil's role before Sunny Deol. Nitish Bharadwaj was approached for Sunil's role after Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff rejected the role this is because of his immense popularity as Lord Krishna's role in BR Chopra's Mahabharat. But Nitish rejected the role claiming that the role is not much challenging as it would be.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for Darr was composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia. The film also features the song "Ooops Up" by Snap! and various versions of "Right Here Waiting", originally recorded by Richard Marx.[6]

It was the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album of the year.[7] The soundtrack album sold about 4.5 million units in India,[8] earning at least 10.8 crore (equivalent to 55 crore or US$8.5 million in 2016).[9]

Darr
Soundtrack album by Shiv-Hari
Released 1993
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 42:12
Label HMV Records
Shiv-Hari chronology
Sahibaan
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All lyrics written by Anand Bakshi.

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

Box office[edit]

At the domestic Indian box office, Darr was the third highest-grossing film of 1993, after Aankhen and Khalnayak, and was declared a blockbuster at the box office.[10] In India, it was released on 190 screens, with footfalls of 19.96 million tickets sold. Its domestic gross was 19.73 crore, including a net income of 10.74 crore, which is equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$29 million) when adjusted for inflation.[1] Its domestic gross is equivalent to 339 crore (US$53 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]

At the overseas box office, Darr was the year's highest-grossing Indian film of 1993, grossing $500,000 (1.58 crore).[11] Worldwide, it grossed 21.31 crore,[1] equivalent to 366 crore (US$57 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]

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.[12]

The teaser trailer of five-part webseries Darr 2.0 was released on YouTube on August 30, 2016. 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.[13][14]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result References
National Film Award National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Yash Chopra Won [15]
Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Anupam Kher Won [16]
Best Cinematographer Manmohan Singh Won
Best Director Yash Chopra Nominated
Best Actor Sunny Deol Nominated
Best Actress Juhi Chawla Nominated
Best Villain Shahrukh Khan Nominated
Best Music Director Shiv-Hari Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Udit Narayan Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Inflation rate of 17.17 times: 10.74 crore domestic nett equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$29 million).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "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. ^ "When Yash Chopra sidelined Sunny Deol for Shah Rukh Khan". CatchNews.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Flashback Friday: When Aamir Khan dropped Divya Bharti out of Darr for Juhi Chawla". www.pinkvilla.com. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  5. ^ Moviez Adda (2016-03-14), Top 5 Bollywood Movies Aamir Khan REJECTED | Birthday Special Trivia, retrieved 2016-10-29 
  6. ^ Darr (1993) - Original Soundtrack http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109555/soundtrack.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Making Music Like Ne'er Before". Outlook. 13 March 1996. 
  9. ^ "India Today". India Today. Aroon Purie for Living Media India Limited. 19: iv. 1994. DARR
    Music Director: Shiv-Harl
    Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
    Sales: 40 lakh tapes
    Value: Rs 10.8 crore
     
  10. ^ "Box Office 1993". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Top Overseas Grossers 1993". Box Office India. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  12. ^ He Ram! What's going on? rediff.com
  13. ^ Dixit, Mini. "Shah Rukh's Darr is getting a creepy, stalker-ish, web series makeover". India Today. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (30 August 2016). "Early Shah Rukh Khan Film 'Darr' Revived as Indian Web Series". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  15. ^ Gopalakrishnan, K.; Aggarwal, Semugha. 41st National Film Festival (PDF). Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. pp. 18–19. 
  16. ^ "Filmfare Awards (1994)". Retrieved 12 September 2016.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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