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Monica, O My Darling teaser: Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte & Huma Qureshi embark on a roller-coaster ride; we are in on it

The Netflix Original has all the usual trappings of a classic whodunnit: interesting characters, an unassuming man at the center of it all; and lots of intrigue! 

Monica, O My Darling teaser: Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte & Huma Qureshi embark on a roller-coaster ride; we are in on it
The Netflix Original has all the usual trappings of a classic whodunnit: interesting characters, an unassuming man at the center of it all; and lots of intrigue!
  • Pallabi Dey Purkayastha

Last Updated: 09.46 AM, Aug 30, 2022

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Titled after Bollywood's OG diva Helen's iconic song from Caravan (1971), which changed the Indian cinema's landscape in ways more than one, Monica, O My Darling sees a small-town lad Jayant (Rajkummar Rao) hobnobbing with eccentric personalities belonging to a higher social circle: a bold Huma Qureshi is a welcome change, so is a matter-of-factly Radhika Apte, and then, of course, we have the straightshooter Sikander Kher. 

Instead of introducing everything all at once, the minute-long teaser shares snapshots from Jayant's life, and a 'story' that has got everyone talking in town... The teaser is such a tease that we are already wondering who's got dirt on whom, and over what. The slyness of it all, coupled with impactful dialogue delivery, makes Monica, O My Darling a dark comedy-whodunnit we would want to watch. 

A press note from Netflix India states that this film is "a neo-noir that is an ode to movies about the perfect plan that led to mayhem in the lives of the people involved." That there would be oodles of lust with love, betrayals and backstabbings in equal measure, comes as no surprise to me. 

Only aspect of the movie worth contemplating, and I say this as an ardent fan of the actors, is how far is Monica... willing to go—marry darkness with humour, or run both the themes parallely?

Directed by Vasan Bala, produced by Matchbox Shots, Monica, O My Darling stars an incredible ensemble cast including Rajkummar Rao, Huma S Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Sikandar Kher, Bagavathi Perumal, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Sukant Goel and Zayn Marie Khan.

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