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Darbar Movie Review
Whenever a Rajinikanth film hits the screens, it’s a celebration in itself. His ardent fans flock to the theatres, worship him, adore him and celebrate his film. And when a filmmaker like AR Murugadoss, who is a self-proclaimed fan of Rajinikanth, directs a film featuring him, it becomes a joyous ode to Superstar. And that was what Darbar is.
Director: AR Murugadoss
Producer: Allirajah Subaskaran
Banner: Lyca Productions
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Starring: Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Nivetha Thomas, Friedrich Popper, Yogi Babu
Release Date: 9th January 2020
Aditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth) is a badass upright commissioner of police in Mumbai who does not go by the rule book. The film begins with various news reports saying Aditya has become mad and his rampant encounter mission continues in the city. When a human rights officer summons him, Aditya threatens her and makes sure that she sends a positive report to her superiors.
Cut to the flashback, we see Aditya dances at a party with her daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas). His superiors ask him to clean the Mumbai city as the reports on child trafficking, illegal drug deals and other nefarious activities are on the rise. Aditya nabs the young drug mafia head Ajay Malhotra (Prateik Babbar) and he is put in Nasik jail.
But during a random inspection, Aditya finds that a proxy has replaced Ajay in the prison. In a neatly sketched operation, Aditya kills Ajay and there comes the twist as he is the son of the most wanted international criminal Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty) who killed several cops by burning them in a staged fire accident. Now, the cat and mouse game begins between Hari and Aditya.
Hari Chopra’s main targets are Aditya Arunachalam and his daughter Valli. Why does he target them? What happens to Valli? If she falls prey in Hari Chopra's net? Watch the movie to know the rest.
Rajinikanth’s look and presence
A few hero elevation scenes
Undoubtedly, Rajinikanth is the main USP of the film as he carried the entire film with his stylish screen presence and massy mannerisms. Looks-wise, he is too young on the screen and delivers an energetic performance in the cop role.
Nayanthara’s character Lilly looks ethereal. There’s not one hair out of place even when she goes jogging and it is tiring to see her look perfect 24x7. That said, her character is of no importance to the story. It looks like she was roped in just to please a certain section of the audience.
Nivetha Thomas has some fine moments and she has done her part with dedication.
AR Murugadoss’s sketch for Suneil Shetty is underwhelming. The Bollywood actor has exactly one expression throughout the film and there’s not much backstory to why he becomes what he does.
Cinematographer Santosh Sivan seems to have had a ball of a time. The use of colors and lens flares light up each frame and makes the entire film look classy.
Editor Sreekar Prasad should have ideally chopped off the wedding song and few scenes to make it crisp. Anirudh music is ok. Technically, there is nothing much to rave about Santosh Sivan's work in the film.
Coming to the direction skills, director AR Murugadoss’ has come up with the age-old storyline that lacks freshness in it. Leaving aside the story, Murugadoss disappoints with his narration part which turns into a mediocre in the second half. He failed to utilize Rajinikanth’s superstardom in a proper manner.
The first half of the film is quite enjoyable due to the style and swag of Rajinikanth. The scene where Aditya brilliantly kills Ajay provides a perfect intermission point. But the second half is a huge let-down with shoddy sets and innumerable shoot-outs. The villains are all caricatures and the rushed climax fight is a big disappointment.
For a large portion of Darbar, you don’t know where things are going… and then it all stretches on so needlessly that you stop caring. It has glaring loopholes that are embarrassing. Like the scene when doctors tell a grievously injured Valli that she has a brain hemorrhage and what we see next is that the girl roams around the hospital spending time with her dad in bed and recording video on her phone!!
As usual, this is a regular cop and Mafia clash script. Yet the screenplay is racy and there is an A R Murugadoss touch. Superstar’s dialogues are fantastic and ARM has continued the “Petta” craze and satisfied the superstar fans. Yet some of the characters in the movie should have been written well, including that of Suniel Shetty. Nivetha is the best choice and she had performed exceptionally well. Although we could see the rushed climax, it is also interesting because this is a Superstar movie. Coming to the music department, Anirudh has done a good job. Yet the Petta effect is slightly missing. But the Thalaiva BGM is extremely superb. Santosh Sivan’s cinematography is mind-blowing and Sreekar Prasad’s editing is good. But, some scenes should have been chopped off to minimize the length.
On the whole, Darbar is an average cop action entertainer packed to satisfy the appetite of the die-hard fans of Thalaivar. Almost all Rajini fans will celebrate the film with Rajinikanth and his style. Rajini's films have a lot of power to do magic without looking at logic. Let’s hope that the Durbar film also does much magic.
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