What is Good:
‘Darling’, as a film never takes itself too seriously. There are a bunch of actors goofing around to have a jolly good time be it in Switzerland or Araku. It’s the little moments of joy which drive the story forward. If you have closely observed Karunakaran’s films then you will realize that there are hardly any villains or grey shades in the character. Same is the case with this film. Almost everyone is good at heart which inturn forces us to concentrate on the budding love story. Although it’s not subtle, the love story has its share of fine moments. Take that scene shot in Switzerland for example, where Kajal realizes that Prabhas is in love with her. Or even the scene where Kajal realizes how nice a person Prabhas is when the later solves a huge predicament of his family friend. Moments like these don’t go futile and the film is filled with such incidents.
Of the star cast, Prabhas seems to have had a good time while shooting for the film. His body language especially in the second half of the film is effective; although he looks dazed in most of his scenes. His style statement especially the costumes and dances are noteworthy. Prabhu, Ahuti Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subramaniam, M S Narayana, Srinivas Reddy, Shraddha Das and Mukesh Rishi are effective in their roles. Amidst all of them, it’s the heroine of the film Kajal Agarwal who dazzles with her exuberance so much that it’s almost contagious! Take that scene where Kajal meets Prabhas’ music band in Switzerland where she pleads for a chance to sing for them. Kajal is quite chirpy in most of her scenes and breezes through them with elan.