Darlings, starring Alia Bhatt, was among the most watched Netflix originals last week and has received positive reviews from both critics and viewers. Jasmeet K Reen is the film’s director, and it is produced by Alia Bhatt’s Eternal Sunshine Productions and Shah Rukh Khan‘s Red Chillies Entertainment. Now the latest update is that there will be Tamil and Telugu versions of Darlings which will also see Shefali Shah and Vijay Verma and will be produced by Red Chillies Entertainment.
Gaurav Verma, Producer and COO, Red Chillies Entertainment, confirmed the news to Pinkvilla saying, “We had the script of Darlings with us for a while now and through the journey of making it, we decided to make it in multiple languages. The film has a certain landscape which can be adapted very well in multiple languages. The process is on as we speak.” Opening up on the idea of tweaking the film as per local sensibilities, Gaurav adds, “The story remains the same, but we will localize it. Darlings was a story set in Mumbai, but now, we will create a different world for Tamil and Telugu. We localise the characters and their reactions.”
Darlings will mark the entry of Red Chillies Entertainment in the Tamil and Telugu market as a standalone banner.
Is that a path they wish to walk on in the future? “If given an opportunity, it has been a path we want to walk on. Jawan will be released in multiple languages. To go to the Tamil and Telugu market is not something we will consolidate or have offices there, but it’s going to be on a script to script basis. Darlings has the potential, so we are taking it there,” he answers.
“A lot of people sell off the rights, but we want to participate in the process of taking this story to other languages. We have been associated with the script for 4 years now and we want it to grow in the right way. Of course, there will be language barriers, but we will make sure it’s done correctly,” he explains. Gaurav signs off on a happy note given all the love that has come his way for Darlings. “Very rarely do we come across a film which does well commercially and critically. We are all overwhelmed with the response. It’s good to be at the receiving end,” he concludes.