Darbar review: Rajanikanth lifts okayish plot
Direction: AR Murugadoss
Cast: Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty and Nivetha Thomas
Superstar Rajinikanth was last seen in Petta which was a blockbuster hit. And now ahead of Pongal festive, Thalaivar has treated his fan with Darbar release. Directed by AR Murugadoss which stars an ensemble star cast present Rajinikanth as an angry cop who is out on murderous rampage to nab the evils. So has the film met with expectations of fans. Will Darbar be bigger hit than Petta is to be seen.
Aditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth) is an angry cop in Mumbai milieu where he has to tackle the drug menace and trafficking. Alike to Murugadoss’ previous film, the protagonist doesn’t follow a rule book. In fact, he breaks the law to serve the justice and same is the case in Darbar. Aaditya nabs Ajay Malhotra (Prateik Babbar), the chief drug supplier. When he eliminates Ajay, Rajinikanth then encounters dreaded kingpin of drug menace – Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty).
Darbar has its own share of pros and cons. The first half is quite enjoyable due to swag and screen-presence of Rajinikanth. But the second half is a huge let-down with shoddy sets and innumerable shoot-outs. The lead actress Nayanthara doesn’t have a meaty role, but carries her small role with grace and dignity. Nivetha Thomas has some fine moments and she has done her part with dedication. It goes overboard on several instances and that’s one of the major grouses. It’s alright to leave logic behind when it comes to scenes featuring Rajinikanth but the same logic doesn’t apply to scenes featuring others characters as well.
To conclude, Darbar is packed with all commercial elements of quintessential Rajinikanth where the latter’s charm picks up the okayish script. Overall, Darbar is an average cop action entertainer packed to satisfy the appetite of the die-hard fans of Thalaivar.
Average Critics Rating: 2