Alia Bhatt on Netflix film ‘Darlings’ to produce with Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood debut with Gal Gadot (EXCLUSIVE)

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Bollywood A-lister Alia Bhatt is enjoying a lot in the year 2022.

“Gangubai Kathiawadi”, in which she played the central, title role, had its world premiere as a Berlinale gala screening, was a box office success and was the #1 non-English film in 25 countries and #1 on Netflix globally. the film was. , “RRR”, in which he stars, is one of the biggest Indian hits of the year.

And now, “Darlings,” Bhatt’s debut as a producer, through his Eternal Sunshine Productions, is set for a worldwide debut on Netflix on August 5. The film, where Bhatt also stars as a victim of domestic abuse, decides to take up cases. With its own hands, manages the feat of treating a serious subject with a dark comedy filter without being insensitive. This feature debutante Jasmeet K. Directed by Reen and written by Reen, Parvez Shaikh (“Queen”) and Vijay Maurya (“Gully Boy”).

“The moment you realize you’re walking a very thin line, it’s a very tight rope in being insensitive. We’re never going to make fun of the topic — and the surroundings — of domestic violence, or domestic abuse.” Nothing is taken lightly,” Bhatt said Diversity, “It’s characters who are so lighthearted and quirky who think they have everything under control, but they don’t really have anything under control. So this is where the humor really comes in. It’s a set of errors.” It’s like a comedy.”

The cast also includes Shefali Shah (Netflix series “Delhi Crime”), Vijay Varma (BBC/Netflix series “A Suitable Boy”) and Roshan Mathew (Netflix film “Choked”).

She says the script came to Bhatt through Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and she “totally loves it”. “Very rarely do you find a script or story that is so intimate, but at the same time, that has so many layers and so much flavor. It made me feel extremely excited to be a part of the world, but then also realized that I could take it to the next step and be a producer on the film too, because it just felt like the right time to start it. travel,” Bhatt said.

Red Chillies co-produced the film with Eternal Sunshine and Bhatt described the experience as “fantastic” and found the highly experienced company put together the logistics of the shoot. “He did it very effortlessly, and he would let me know and keep me updated so that I could focus on acting, because I was on set and I had to flow creatively,” says Bhatt. “I’m so grateful and I think it’s been such a simple, beautiful partnership.”

Bhatt also wrapped her Hollywood debut in “Heart of Stone”, a Skydance/Netflix production directed by Tom Harper (“The Aeronauts”), in which she stars alongside Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan. Plot details are under wraps, but she describes the experience as “amazing.”

“It was my first Hollywood big English picture experience and I had a lot of work ahead because I was shooting for an action film for the first time,” says Bhatt. “But I’m also pregnant so there were a lot of layers for me to deal with. But they made it so effortless and so easy and comfortable for me. It’s something I’ll never forget because of how beautiful and how much with me.” Well behaved.” Bhatt says she was impressed by the safety precautions on the sets and the team took good care of her, especially when she felt uneasy at home while shooting in London.

“I had such a lovely time shooting with Gallo [Gadot], with Jamie Dornan and my director Tom Harper. I think we are doing something really cool with ‘Heart of Stone’ and I can’t wait for the world to see it,” says Bhatt.

The next Disney magnum opus for Bhatt is “Brahmastra Part One: Siva”, with her husband Ranbir Kapoor, which is slated to release on September 9.

“We set out to do something that hasn’t been done before. It’s India’s biggest film ever, with its vision, the scale, the world we’re trying to tap into – we’re really opening up a universe.” Trying to do. Germs and ideas and productions and everything – all credit goes to director Ayan Mukerji and we are just living up to his huge vision,” says Bhatt.

“Rocky and Rani’s love story”, which will be released next year, reunites Bhatt with Karan Johar, who made her film debut as the leading lady of “Student of the Year” (2012). produced and directed, and a song sequence is complete. Bhatt describes the film, which also stars Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Preity Zinta, as “a light-hearted family film filled with song dances and everything wonderful and fabulous and all the family feelings – All packed in a sweet package.”

Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Jee Le Zara’, with Bollywood A-listers Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Katrina Kaif, will debut next year, says Bhatt. There is a film with “RRR” star NTR Jr., but Bhatt says nothing is certain yet.

Meanwhile, as a producer, Bhatt hopes to continue her relationship with Netflix, which she describes as a “partnership for life.” Content being developed at Eternal Sunshine includes “a thrilling show” and “a really lovely movie”.

“Right now, directors are sending a message to young writers, if they want their material to be put together, they should come to me and we will do that,” says Bhatt.