When Shefali Shah spoke about her unexpected kiss scene in Darlings

That took me completely by surprise: Shefali Shah talks about her ‘unexpected’ kiss scene in Darlings

Shefali Shah, who is known for her work in the movie Dil Dhadakne Do and the Netflix series Delhi Crime, recently entertained fans in Netflix’s Darlings. The movie is about a mother-daughter duo called Badru (Alia) and Shamshu (Shefali Shah), who takes revenge on Badru’s abusive husband Hamza (Vijay Varma) with their friend and confidante Zulfi (Roshan Mathew) helping them reluctantly. Throughout the film, it is implied that Zulfi likes Badru but towards the end, it is revealed that he fancies not the daughter, but the mother.

In a part-hilarious, part-tender scene, Shefali’s character kisses him at a crucial juncture. The unexpected nature of the kiss and how it was filmed has many got talking about how organically the film includes a kiss between an older woman and a younger man without making a big deal about it. Talking about the scene, Shefali says, “That took me completely by surprise when I read the script. There are two moments that completely took me by surprise. One was this and one was in the end when you visit Shamshu’s past. This was unexpected. I thought, ‘hain, ye kya ho gaya’ (wow, what just happened).”

The scene takes place when Zulfi is threatening to spill the beans about the women keeping Hamza captive to the cops and Shamshu decides this is the best way to shut him up. “It’s such a sweet and delicate moment and it had to be handled that way. She does it because she wants to shut this man up because he will go and do some more nonsense now. But the way she does it took me by surprise. I think it’s a lovely moment,” says Shefali.

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