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Darr: A Violent Love Story

“Darr” means fear in Hindi, and this 1993 movie is appropriately billed as a “Violent Love Story.”

A beautiful young woman, Kiran, who recently graduated from college is engaged to marry a Naval officer, Sunil. As she and Sunil prepare for their wedding, she has a series of telephone and personal encounters with a stranger whose face she never sees. He tells her that he loves her and expresses hostility toward her fiance.

We are now introduced to Rahul, this person who has secretly loved Kiran during all their time at college together. As we first meet him, he is walking along a ledge at the top of a tall building. He is plucking petals from a rose and saying “she loves me, she loves me not” (or rather the Hindi equivalent) and stepping closer to the end of the ledge with each petal he plucks. He obviously is prepared to walk right off the building if it turns out “she loves me not.” We learn that he has continuous slide shows of huge photos of Kiran projected on all the walls of his bedroom and that he enjoys long telephone conversations with his mother who just happens to have died when he was a little bitty boy. His dad is Sunil's commanding officer in the Navy. Although unaware of Rahul's fixation on Kiran, he is a tad bit concerned about the sanity of his son.


Rahul is a charming and handsome young man who often hides his insanity and manages to ingratiate himself with Sunil and other members of Kiran's family, although Kiran herself never meets him. The steps he takes to secure his love for himself have ever more frightening results for Kiran and Sunil.

Daar contains examples of:

  • Action Hero: Sunil established as such early in the movie as he singlehandedly rescues a kidnapped child from a cruise ship. His body count was 11 in just a few short minutes. He wore a black bandana on his head ninja style. It was hilarious.
  • Ax-Crazy: Rahul is not stable and not very good at hiding it.
  • Evil Laugh: Rahul, of course. Interestingly he has pretty much the same laugh in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge but in that movie he plays a Jerk With a Heart of Gold, so the laugh becomes somewhat annoying rather than sinister.
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  • Goal in Life: Rahul has one in spades.
  • Hollywood Healing: people in the movie do major things after receiving major injuries.
  • Lighter and Softer: Shahrukh portrayed a creepy stalker in Anjaam which was released a year later with none of the sympathetic characteristics of his character in this movie.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The whole premise of the film.
  • Verbal Tic: Shah Rukh Khan's famous stutter was put to good use and his Kkkkiran became a Catchphrase among the audience
  • Voice of the Legion: Rahul sometimes has a bad case of this.
  • Yandere: Rahul is a love-fueled, crazed stalker who fawns over Kiran, and will do anything to get her love, though she is unaware of this.


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