Verdict: Darbar’s treatment is clean and clever.

Super Star Rajinikanth and A. R. Murugadoss team up for the first time with Darbar. Fans have been waiting with bated breath for this dream combination that finally materialized. Produced by Allirajah Subaskaran and distributed by Lyca Productions, Darbar has music composed by Anirudh and cinematography has been handled by Santosh Sivan. Nayanthara, Nivetha Thomas, and Suniel Shetty play vital roles and the rest of the cast includes Yogi Babu, Prateik Babbar, Jatin Sarna, Nawab Shah, Dalip Tahil, Sriman and Raneesh Thyagarajan. Releasing today amidst huge expectations, let’s see if the dream combination of A. R. Murugadoss and Thalaivar Rajinikanth stuck the right chord among the fans and the rest of the viewers.

What’s Darbar About:

Aaditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth) is a tough cop and is on a spree to clean up the city of Mumbai from criminals. He lives with his only daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas). Their lives are in danger from a local don, after Aaditya deals with the drug mafia ruthlessly. What happens next forms the rest of Darbar.

What Works:

Darbar is a cocktail of electrifying moments where Rajinikanth delivers one hell of a super cop. He is a complete treat to watch and looks quite young. Once again, he has kicked the ball out of the ground with his trademark mannerisms. The next role that steals the show is Nivetha Thomas, who has gotten more screen time than the lead actress. She is perfect as Rajinikanth’s doting daughter and has enacted her role to perfection. Nayantara’s presence is captivating in the few scenes that she appears and is a perfect fit as Rajinikanth’s love interest. Suniel Shetty plays the baddie and is adequate.

Director Murugadoss, who is known to inculcate some interesting episodes to the narrative, has succeeded once again. The fast-paced first half and the fight at the railway station are the picks of the lot. Santosh Sivan’s camera work is exemplary and all the visuals are vibrant and the Super Star looks like a million bucks. The production design is lavish. Anirudh’s album strikes the right chords and the background score set the right tone. A Sreekar Prasad’s editing is sharp and the film has been cut to perfection.

What Could Have Been Better:

While the movie in totality is a roller-coaster entertaining ride, you may feel a bit lag in some portions of the second half.

Why You Should Watch:

Darbar is a paisa-vasool entertainer and has all that Thalaivar’s fans crave. This latest outing with the dream team of Rajinikanth and A. R. Murugadoss is backed by substance. A perfect start this Pongal season, so go and get entertained.

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