Darbar Review & Rating
Darbar Review: It’s all for Rajini and to Rajini
A top cop is summoned to clean up the criminals thriving in Mumbai city. He has to lock horns with a dreaded mafia leader and bring the situation under control. Darbar brings back the cop avatar of the superstar in lines of Moondru Mugham. Rajini plays the badass cop Aaditya Arunasalam and he exudes style, swag and charisma to the fore.
Aaditya Arunasalam is the ruthless encounter specialist who is out on a killing spree and mafia lords shudder at the mention of his name. Aaditya has to deal with the drug racket and trafficking in the city of Mumbai. There are many moments in the film that glorify the deeds of the bad cop. He eliminates Ajay Malhotra (Prateik Babbar) the son of a powerful businessman who is behind the drug racket. It is proved that the cop does not go by the rule book. After eliminating Ajay, Aaditya has a face-off with Hari Chopra (a dull-looking Suniel Shetty). There is also a thread where Aaditya's relationship with his daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas) is portrayed and another his romance with a much younger lady Lilly (by the way what is Nayanthara doing in the film)
An unabashed tribute to the superstar
Darbar is a full-blown Rajinikanth film that will appease his die-hard fans. The script was written solely for Rajini, keeping in mind the superstar that he is. And Rajini does his part with aplomb. He makes even the weak screenplay watchable and there is a deep gratification one gets when Rajini flips his sun glasses or treads that stylish walk or goes on a killing spree. The flamboyance of the superstar is what makes Darbar engaging.
Rajinikanth's aura is unmatchable. He makes people fall in love with the bad cop on duty. Nivetha Thomas as the daughter is a wonderful pick. The dad-daughter relationship in the film is endearing. We wonder what lady superstar Nayanathara is doing in the film. She looks beautiful in all angles though. We may want a villain who matches the charisma of the superstar and Suniel Shetty has a long way to go to suit the powerful antagonist role.
AR Murugadoss has fully utilized the superstar but he has lost that magic touch he displayed for Ghajini and Ramanna. Compared to his previous outings Spyder and Sarkar, Darbar can be rated high not due his skills but due to Rajini's presence. Muruga made audience say Aandavane many times with sparkless narration. Anirudh Ravichander has given the massy tunes that elevated all the scenes. The music was perfect for the mass and class that Aaditya is. Santosh Sivan's camerawork suited the mood of the film and the veteran has played with the lighting of the film. Editing could have been slicker and a few portions could have been trimmed.
Darbar is an unabashed tribute the the superstar. It appeases the fans of Thalaivar and the mass movie lovers encapsulating all elements of the entertainer. Watch it for Rajinikanth, the Thalaivar.
Of course, Rajinikanth
Lack of a solid screenplay
A rush to end the film
A dull-looking villain