Vijay Varma has been getting praised non stop for his performance as Hamza in Darlings and even revealing that he was scared to play the negative role fearing he would get hate from the people. However what is interesting, Shah Rukh Khan wanted to play the part and his interest made Vijay confident about his decision.
Vijay said as Shah Rukh Khan, an actor who has played many negative roles in films like Darr, Baazigar and Duplicate among others said he would like to play Hamza in Darlings if only he was younger. The Netflix film, which stars Alia Bhatt in her debut production, is also co-produced by Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.
In a recent interview with Film Companion, Vijay Varma recalled, “I remember somebody from Red Chillies had told me that when Shah Rukh sir read the script, he was like ‘agar main young hota toh ye role main hi karta (If I was younger, I only would’ve done this role)’, which was interesting for me to hear. That was also one of the reasons I felt like I can do this role, because if Shah Rukh Khan thinks that he can do this role, being an absolute lover-boy, national sweetheart. I was scared to take up a role like this but I am very glad that it hit the nail in the right place.”
Vijay also spoke about the worries he had about the impact of a role like Hamza on his career. He said, “When I walked out of the screening, I remember Alia was like ‘are you okay’ and I was really like ‘I think mera career khatam ho jaayega iske baad (I think my career will end after this).’ Because a performance that creates that kind of hate and dread is scary for an actor.
Darlings, which also starred Shefali Shah, Roshan Mathew, Rajesh Sharma, and Kiran Karmarkar among others, released on Netflix on August 5. Vijay Varma will be next seen alongside Kareena Kapoor and Jaideep Ahlawat in Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of Devotion of Suspect X.