Darbaan Review

A heartwarming story of relationships and loss

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Darbaan Review
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What is the story about?

Based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore, Darbaan is based on an unlikely friendship between the son of a rich coal miner and that of the caretaker of his mansion. Eventually, the duo is separated due to unforeseen circumstances. When the son grows up, he meets the 'Darbaan' again and this time he has a son of his own. The 'Darbaan' bonds with the young child and one day take him out for a walk. The child ends up missing and the blame is put on the 'Darbaan'. Did he knowingly kidnap the child or someone else did? The search for the missing child goes on for a while, till a few surprising events from Anukul's and Darbaan's past are brought up. Whether Anukul gets his son or not forms the crux of the story. 



There is pretty much nothing wrong that can go wrong with a story that is written by Rabindranath Tagore. This film is based on one of Tagore's short stories. The movie has been shot so well that it feels Tagore's words coming to life. Sharib Hashmi, the actor who plays the titular character will break and shatter your heart in pieces with his acting. The movie is a heartwarming tale of friendships, relationships and more importantly of loss. Grief changes us. It changes us in ways we can't imagine. It brings out the best and the worst in people and that is what the film tries to tell us.


Sharib Hashmi wins our hearts all over again. I was reminded so much of his performance from Phullu, yet another film that makes a subtle commentary on the socio-economical politics of our country. He is all hearts in this performance and I feel I will run out of words trying to describe his acting chops. Sharad Kelkar, who had a brief yet stunning performance in Laxxmmi, will win you over as Anukul as well. The rest of the cast don't have much scope as the story rests on the shoulders of Hashmi and Kelkar.

Music & Other Departments

There are four songs in the film  - Khushmizaaj, Rang Bhariya, Dil Bandar, and Behti Si. They are quite melodious and are timed perfectly with the flow of the film. The screenplay is terrific and it is elevated by the superior acting by the leads. The film directed by Bipin Nadkarni is a masterpiece.


Watch it for Sharib Hashmi's heart-wrenching performance. The movie also subtly offers a take on the social and economic disparities in our country. 


None that I could think of.

Did I enjoy it?

None that I could think of.

Do I recommend it?

It is one of the best films of 2020. The film left me in tears by the end of it.

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