‘Darling’ by Saim Sadiq

by The MovieBabble Staff

As a new show is introduced at an erotic dance theater in Lahore, a sacrificial goat goes missing, a dreamy trans girl desperately tries to become a star, and a naive young boy falls in love.


Nick Kush: Such honest snapshots into other cultures are what I crave in Cinema. Saim Sadiq walks the line perfectly in displaying a grounded look into a sect of Pakistani culture while also showcasing his skills as a director, particularly in one showstopping dance scene. At its core, though, Darling is a great exploration of how people are sadly far more accepting in theory than in practice.



Directed by Saim Sadiq

Written by Saim Sadiq and Rodney Llaverias

Alina Khan as Alina

Abdullah Malik as Shani

Mehar Bano as Shabbo

Produced by Nadia Afgan, Mahak Jiwani, Fahad Nabi, and Jasmin Tenucci

Cinematography: Mo Azmi

Casting: Sana Jafri

Sound Department: Carlos ‘Storm’ Martinez and Carlo Sanchez


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