Darbar Movie Review by Naveen


Get Rajinified from start to end


– Review

‘Vayasanalum un styleum azhagum unnai vittu pogala’. This popular dialogue uttered by Ramya Krishnan in ‘Padayappa’ more than two decades ago comes active and alive in each and every scene in ‘Darbar’.

Directed by A R Murugadoss, the film brings back the Rajinikanth of the 1980s and 1990s in full form and is a complete treat to ‘thalaivar’ fans. From beginning to the end credits, the audience will get Rajinified in each and every scene.

The story starts with Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth), the Commissioner of Mumbai Police, ruthlessly bumping off all dons in the city in a series of encounters. Everyone, from politicians to media to Human Rights Commission, is completely perplexed as to why he is doing so.

Now we are shown Aaditya’s personal side. A widower, he has a beautiful and chirpy daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas) and an assistant (Yogi Babu). While Aaditya wants his daughter to get married, Valli wants her father to enter wedlock again first and hunts for a suitable bride, till she comes across Lilly (Nayanthara).

Following his daughter’s request, Aaditya starts wooing Lilly. When everything goes fine, a shocking incident changes the life of Aaditya after he kills the wicked son of an influential business tycoon, for running a drug racket.

Aaditya is now on revenge mode to find out the one who is behind all the brutal acts. His investigation leads him to Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty), who is an international don. The rest is all out war between Aaditya and Hari.

You have to watch the film to believe what we say. Rajini is like a man in his 30s, full of energy and delivering ‘full-meals’ to his fans. Both the mass and class sides of the superstar have been utilised to the maximum extent.

Nayanthara has nothing much to do in this movie, but Nivetha Thomas has a great role and delivers solid performance. Yogi Babu brings the roof down with his one-liners and his main target of trolling is Rajini himself.

Santosh Sivan’s cinematography is an invisible actor in ‘Darbar’ and the way he has shown Rajini is awesome. Anirudh Ravichander has replaced Deva in delivering the mass music that fits the ‘thalaivar’ well. Sreekar Prasad’s editing is like a razor.

One should not mind logic while watching a Rajini film and this fits to ‘Darbar’ too. Also, a few scenes come with an overdose of sentiments. But for these factors, ‘Darbar’ is an out and out treat by Rajini to his fans and this man clearly justifies why he enjoys such a following.

Rating: 4 out of 5

By Naveen


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