It has been 25 years since Shah Rukh Khan starrer Darr was released. SRK owes a lot to this movie. His career graph rose steadily after the film tasted success at the box office. Not to forget, his dialogue K, K, K, K Kiran became an instant hit. The movie was on the predictable hero, heroine, and villain plot. SRK’s acting gave it a whole new twist. However, the plot also normalised what Rahul (played by SRK) was doing to Kiran.
When I saw Darr for the first time, I hated Rahul and you are supposed to hate a guy who is following a girl everywhere, who is obsessed with her and scares her. Later, I got to know a disturbing view. It normalized the behavior of SRK’s character in name of love. People believed that it was Rahul’s passionate love over Sunil’s simple love (Played by Sunny Deol) which deserved empathy.
So what went wrong with Darr?
We are rooting for a stalker for 25 years. How many of you still believe that SRK in Darr was a passionate lover and not a stalker? The character knew that ‘Kiran’ was engaged to some other guy and yet we enjoyed the love songs between her and an obsessive lover in a dream sequence.
Can depression justify molesting a woman?
No, depression is a very sensitive topic to address and how can we justify depression causing molestation. It is not the first movie which involves this, something same happened in Bazigar and Khalnayak too. There the actors in the negative roles were disturbed but Darr celebrated love in every wrong way.
Is this behavior ingrained in Bollywood?
The debate was ignited in 2015 when an Indian security guard in Austrailia justified harassment of women as ‘normal’ because of the Bollywood films.
Tweeple also felt the same and pointed out the disturbing part of the movie on its 25th anniversary
— jazz G. (@being_jaspal) December 17, 2018
— Ricci (@AHA1R) December 24, 2018
Obsession v/s Love. Love wins, ALWAYS! #25YearsOfDarr
Celebrating #YashChopra‘s cult classic & the passionate love story.@iamsrk @iamsunnydeol @AnupamPkher @iam_juhi @yrf#25YearsOfDarr #Darr #AViolentLoveStory #DarrAViolentLoveStory #ShahRukhKhan #AdityaChopra #YashRajFilms https://t.co/1GZJ4SpA3O
— Vinayak Kumbhar (@v2kumbhar) December 24, 2018
Rahul’s declaration, Tu hann kar ya na kar, Tu hai meri Kiran, is love or obsession? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.