Netflix dropped the official teaser for the movie ‘Darlings’ starring Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew. Directed by Jasmeet K Reen, the teaser is how teasers should be – it barely gives anything away.

Going by the first look, Alia’s character romances Vijay Varma and all the protagonists belong to modest lower middle-class families. Alia narrates the famous frog-scorpion fable over the teaser, one which was interestingly featured in another Netflix production – Umbrella Academy (Season 2). For those unfamiliar with the fable, it’s a cautionary tale about how a scorpion seeks a frog’s help to cross the river, then stings it mid-way, dooming both of them to their deaths. What’s the moral? Evil people can be self-destructive and cannot be trusted even with their own lives. Basically – never trust a scorpion/snake (might as well go back to the Biblical example of Adam and Eve eh).

Anyway, back to ‘Darlings’, the teaser is very reminiscent the popular crime series ‘Crime Patrol’, where a lot of the murder cases were love affairs gone wrong. There’s definitely a murder mystery lurking in there somewhere in this film and both Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah make a formidable onscreen pair. Roshan Matthew seems to be the new Netflix ‘darling’, the Malayalam actor was last seen in the 2022 pacy political thriller ‘Night Drive’ ; he is starring in a pivotal role in feature-length Bollywood film for the first time.

The movie will be available to stream on Netflix on August 5. Watch the teaser below –