U/A 02 hours 40 minutes
  • Casting: Nayanthara, Rajinikanth
  • Director: AR Murugadoss
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Producer: Subaskaran Allirajah
  • Release: Jan 09, 2020
  • Language: Telugu

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There is always some excitement in the air when Rajinikanth movie is around. This time the Super Star is teaming up with Murugadoss, who has his own way of commercial treatment. Can the Rajini charisma and Murugadoss’s tight screenplay compliment each other to create the magic?


Aditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth) is appointed as police commissioner of Mumbai, to clean up the city. In this process, he disturbs the drug kingpin Vinod Malhotra and his son. Rest of the story is all cat and mouse game between police and goons. Rajinikanth’s relationship with his daughter (Nivetha Thomas) and with his love Interest (Nayanthara) are the sub plots.


Murugadoss tries to blend his unique Hero vs Villain screenplay (like Thuppakki and Spyder ) with Rajinikanth style and aura, he succeeds to an extent. Movie starts of in a shaky fashion. Everything seems very cliched , fake and rushed. Then as the movie progresses, slowly Murugadoss screenplay takes over and 45 minutes before the interval is quite riveting. Just when we think the stage is for the second half, Muragadoss takes his own time to tell the emotional subplots. Apart from couple of fan-service episodes whole movie feels prolonged and climax is a usual unexciting hero villain faceoff.

Even when the movie and the script fails in numerous occasions, Rajinikath doesn’t fail, be it his fights, comedy timing, energy or typical mannerisms, he doesn’t miss a bit. Nivetha Thomas was absolutely fantastic, she makes us instantly connect to her character and emotion. Nayantara was wasted yet again. Yogi Babu helps in giving some comic relief. Sunil Shetty is just a wax statue with fancy clothes. Anirudh’s BGM is full on fans stuff.


Our Verdict

Rajinikanth’s charismatic performance and amazing screen presence is treat for fans and for any movie lover. But as a film, Darbar is a let down. Sad that it all goes downhill after a nice first half and even Rajini couldn’t save it after so much effort. It’s not a bad film but… It’s a not a good one either. Yes, Its frustrating!!

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