Mumbai, August 10 - Actress Alia Bhatt's Gangubai Kathiawadi was a massive hit on Netflix despite being a non-direct OTT release. It scored approx. 55 million viewing hours, becoming one of the most-watched Indian films on the streamer.
With the solid backing of Gangubai Kathiawadi, the actress and producer's dark comedy Darlings
opted for a direct digital release via Netflix, however, it failed to create the same magic as GB this time around. The Jasmeet K Reen-directed film scored 10.21 million viewing hours in the first three days and landed at number 4 among the most-watched non-English films worldwide during the week of August 1 - August 7.
Interestingly, Gangubai Kathiawadi, which was a non-direct Netflix release, had scored 13.8 million viewing hours in the first three days on the streamer and landed at number 1 in the first weekend worldwide. Darlings is unlikely to match Gangubai's viewing numbers as the reviews are mixed as compared to the super positive response to Gangubai.
Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Eternal Sunshine Productions, Darlings has been trending in the top 10 in 16 countries, including at number 1 in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and UAE. The movie also stars Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles.
Meanwhile, SS Rajamouli's RRR
(Hindi) is still trending in the top 10 non-English films worldwide despite completing 12 weeks on Netflix. On its 12th weekend, the movie was watched for 2.55 million hours, which is extraordinary. It has so far scored approx. 70 million viewing hours on Netflix.