Alia Bhatti has received critical acclaim for her performance as Badrunnisa aka Badru in her latest film Darlings. The film’s director Jasmeet K Reen recently recalled how Alia was feeling unwell while filming a pivotal scene in the movie, but gave a performance where the whole set stood up and clapped. Read also| Vijay Varma feared hurting Alia Bhatt in Darlings physical abuse scenes

The dark comedy follows Alia’s Badru as she takes revenge on her husband Hamza, played by Vijay Varma, after enduring years of domestic violence. She is supported in this by her mother Shamshunnisa aka Shamshu, played by Shefali Shahi, who has been harassing her for a long time to leave Hamza. In one scene of the film, Badru calls her mother to her home and reveals that she has finally tied up her husband. She says, “Fielding bahut ho gayi hai ammi. Ab batting chaalu (Enough defense mama! Now I’m going to play)”, before hitting her husband on the head with a pan.

Jasmeet, who made her directorial debut with The Netflix film, remembered the scene: “Alia was sick one day, but she came for the shooting anyway. I remember meeting her, she didn’t look well and that day she had to deliver almost one page of dialogue. I asked if she was okay and she said she was. We turned the camera and she gave her a shot like a pro, which I loved, but something beautiful happened that day. The whole set stood and clapped, not because she was sick, but because they loved what she was doing. Alia is a positive person, looks at work and lives in the moment.”

Jasmeet added: “Her dedication is very inspiring and infectious. Our shoots were filled with positive energy, laughter and lots of jokes. Lots of birthday celebrations and also cutting cakes. This shot is one of my personal favorites though, it’s a fun scene but it symbolizes how a daughter comes to resemble her mother.”

Darlings, which also stars Roshan Mathew, Rajesh Sharma and Kiran Karmakar, marks Alia’s debut as a film producer. It started streaming on Netflix on August 5.

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