Darbar Movie Review: An out-and-out Rajinikanth Film
Darbar Movie Review | An attractive commercial cocktail of action and drama
Darbar Movie Review and Story: Darbar’s story: A senior police officer is tasked with putting an end to the drug threat in Mumbai, and to do so, he must face the most feared and ruthless mafia lord.
Darbar Review: In AR Murugadoss films, justice is not always respected by respecting the law of the country. Whether in Ramana, Thuppakki or Kaththi, its protagonists must break the law to ensure that justice is done. And that’s what is happening in Darbar, where an angry policeman is furious at killing a most wanted criminal. In the opening scenes, the director declares that his protagonist Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth), a high-ranking policeman who was sent to Mumbai to face the drug threat in the city, is not someone who follows the rule. In fact, we see him threatening and mistreating members of the Human Rights Commission who question him about his violation (the film attempts to project Arunasalam as a person suffering from mental disorders to justify his extrajudicial executions).
During one of his operations, Arunasalam catches Ajay Malhotra (Prateik Babbar), the son of Vijay Malhotra (Nawab Shah), an important businessman, who turns out to be the main supplier of medicines in the city. But when Ajay is eliminated, Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty), a dreaded gangster who turned the police into a laughing stock 27 years earlier, returns to the country to resolve what became a personal score by attacking Arunasalam and his daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas)
Taking charge of Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta, Murugadoss turns Darbar into a celebration of Rajinikanth, the Superstar. Although this film does not turn into a collection of hits like the previous film, Murugadoss exploits the charisma and celebrity of Rajinikanth and offers us a genre film, a crime film, which is a nice commercial cocktail of action and of drama surrounded by uneven writing. The strongest selling point of the film is the father and daughter scenes between Rajinikanth and Nivetha Thomas, whose camaraderie on the screen makes this relationship charming. Murugadoss also gives us a really heartbreaking moment and Nivetha Thomas is fantastic in this part.
Darbar is also mindful of his hero’s age in real life. This is why the romantic piece, between Arunasalam and Lily (Nayanthara, in a character who is only a masterpiece), is pleasant. It is full of playful joy from Rajinikanth and Yogi Babu, who is associated with the Superstar for the first time as a comic companion, clicks. Even when we marvel at the miraculous youth of Rajinikanth in these portions (a magnificent job from the cinematography, makeup and costume departments), we get a scene in which a character comments on the age difference between the two. The dignified manner in which this scene addresses this problem ensures that fans do not take it as an insult to their idol. Murugadoss later even asked Rajini to comment on his age: “Nambaravanukku vayasu Verum number dhaan” (“Age is a number for one with confidence”).
But while the film has a solid central section, full of emotional moments and worthy of a whistle, which includes a training montage where we can see Rajini flexing his muscles and a fight sequence taking place in a train station (reminiscent of the tip) Dhool culminating), the first and third acts are disappointing. While the former seems hesitant (this film has had the weakest introductory scene and Rajinikanth’s song for some time), the latter is in a hurry. The fact that many Bollywood actors seem to speak in Hindi, which leads to the lack of lip synchronization, also prevents us from being immersed in the narrative. And perhaps because his nastiness is often off the screen, Sunari Shetty’s Hari Chopra does not present himself as a powerful antagonist despite his training. Yes, there are many victims, but despite this, the absence of a solid scene of confrontation between him and Arunasalam makes it difficult for us to buy him as a mortal enemy. This is why the climax, instead of stopping, makes me meh. But if this little disappointment fades, it’s simply because of the way Rajinikanth plays this character. While there is the arrogance of Alex Pandian (Murgadoss inspiration for this character), there is also vulnerability. And his contagious energy and his inimitable style encourage us (and hug) his character.