Darbar Movie Review

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Starring :  Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Nivetha Thomas, Sunil Shetty

Director :  A.R. Murugadoss

Producers :  Subashkaran

Music Director :  Anirudh Ravichandran

Cinematography :  Santhosh Sivan

Editers :  Srikar Prasad

The Sankranthi season has well and truly started with the release of Darbar today. Let’s see how it is.

Story :

Aditya Arunachalam(Rajinikanth) is a very strict police commissioner of Mumbai. He keeps killing all the notorious criminals one after the other without any mercy. The Human Rights commission starts an enquiry and in their investigation find out that Aditya is actually hunting the killer of his daughter Valli(Nivetha Thomas). Who killed Valli? What is the whole story behind the murder? and how are Nayanthara and Sunil Shetty connected to all this? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

As expected, it is a Rajini show all the way till the end. The star hero has been showcased in a superb manner by Murugudoss and reminds us of vintage Rajini. The superstar is extremely good as the bad cop as his style and mannerisms are too good for the fans.

Sunil Shetty is super stylish as the main villain and brings a good depth to the film. Nayanthara looked beautiful but did not get much to do in the film. Yogi Babu was okay in his role and so were the supporting actors.

The cop setup in Mumbai has been showcased well as the first half of the film has gripping investigation scenes. The way the cop drama and crime angle featuring Pratiek Babbar was showcased is very good.

Last but not the least, Nivetha Thomas gives a solid performance as Rajini’s daughter. The combination scenes of both father and daughter have come out quite well and evoke good emotions in both the halves.

Minus Points :

After a gripping first half, the tempo in the second half drops a bit as the film is rushed in the last fifteen minutes. After showcasing so much crime and investigation to nab Sunil Shetty, one expects a solid climax but that is not the case.

Also, the story of the film is routine as the cop story is given a new twist with screenplay. Sunil Shetty is not utilized properly at all as his role is very weak and has no depth and power in the second half. After Nivetha’s death, things should have been even more gripping but director Murugudoss runs out of ideas and ends the film in a hurry.

Technical Aspects :

Music by Anirudh is ordinary as none of the songs click in the film. But Anirudh has given a rocking background score as it lifts the film to another level. Production values of the film are very good and so was the Telugu dubbing. Editing is decent and production design showcasing the Mumbai cop world is amazing.

Coming to the director Murugudoss, he has done a decent job with the film and narrates the first half in a gripping manner. He pleases the fans in a big way and also showcases Rajini in a mature manner. Story wise there is nothing new from him but if he would have made the latter part of the second half good, things would have been even more gripping.

Verdict :

On the whole, Darbar is a serious cop drama which has some engaging moments going it’s way in the first half. But things get bogged down in the last twenty minutes making the film a bit dull. Rajini’s fans will love their star hero as he is superb. As the other biggies are also releasing, we need to see how this film will cope up the heavy competition. Apart from that, this film ends up as a decent watch this week.

‘Darbar’ Live updates:

  • After a heavy-duty fight sequence, the film comes to an end. Keep watching the space for the complete review

  • As the movie heading to the climax, Rajini is gearing up to attack Sunil Shetty and his gang

  • Some tensed scenes between Cops and Sunil Shetty are going on…

  • After a very good emotional scene of Nivetha, Arunachalam is back to the bad cop active mood

  • Now, all the encounters done by Aaditya Arunachalam are justified. Rajni is now searching for Sunil Shetty

  • Now, its time for a fight…Thalaivar theme song with some dance moves

  • International don Hari Chopra (Sunil Shetty) lands in India… he is now gathering whereabouts of Rajni from his men

  • Post-interval the film kick-starts with Dumm Dumm a wedding song at Nayan’s relations house

  • First Half Report: So far, the film is okay with a few decent elevation scenes for Rajinikanth. Now, the second half turns crucial and have to see how director Murugadoss handled it.

  • The film comes halfway with a Rajinikanth mark dialogue ” I’m a bad cop”.

  • Scenes related to Sunil Shetty’s introduction as Hari Chopra are going on with another twist in the tale

  • A small twist related to Prateek Babbar’s character is unveiled. Thalaivar game starts now…

  • Some nice scenes between the lead pair are being narrated with Pratyeka Margam song playing in the backdrop

  • Scenes between Rajni and Nayan are going on. Comedy scenes between Yogi Babu and Rajni are nice

  • Heroine Nayanthara has been introduced and Rajini meets her in his style with trademark dialogue “Ippudu Choodu”

  • Bollywood actor Prateek Babbar is introduced as Ajay Malhotra, the girl’s trafficking mafia man

  • The film slips into the serious narration. A deputy CM’s daughter is kidnapped and now Rajni’s investigation starts. Typical Murugadoss style intense scenes are going on.

  • Star comedian Yogi Babu has been introduced as Rajini’s assistant. A few fun scenes are on now

  • Flashback completes with Aaditya Arunachalam’s transfer to Mumbai from Delhi

  • Here comes Thalaivar Rajinikanth makes a mass entry with a sword fight. He is stunning in the stylish cop avatar

  • Rajinikanth is yet to make his entry. A few gangster activities are going on

  • Titles started with the backdrop of Gangster setup being canned by Aaditya Arunachalam, secretly.

  • Hi… the film has just started and its duration is 160 minutes

Starring :  Rajinikanth, Nayantara, Nivetha Thomas, Sunil Shetty Director :  A.R. Murugadoss Producers :  Subashkaran Music Director :  Anirudh Ravichandran Cinematography :  Santhosh Sivan Editers :  Srikar Prasad The Sankranthi season has well and truly started with the release of Darbar today. Let’s see how it is. Story : Aditya Arunachalam(Rajinikanth) is a very strict police commissioner of Mumbai. He keeps killing all the notorious criminals one after the other without any mercy. The Human Rights commission starts an enquiry and in their investigation find out that Aditya is actually hunting the killer of his daughter Valli(Nivetha Thomas). Who killed Valli? What is the whole story behind the murder? and how are Nayanthara and Sunil Shetty connected to all this? That forms the rest of the story. Plus Points : As expected, it is a Rajini show all the way till the end. The star hero has been showcased in a superb manner by Murugudoss and reminds us of vintage Rajini. The superstar is extremely good as the bad cop as his style and mannerisms are too good for the fans. Sunil Shetty is super stylish as the main villain and brings a good depth to the film. Nayanthara looked beautiful but did not get much to do in the film. Yogi Babu was okay in his role and so were the supporting actors. The cop setup in Mumbai has been showcased well as the first half of the film has gripping investigation scenes. The way the cop drama and crime angle featuring Pratiek Babbar was showcased is very good. Last but not the least, Nivetha Thomas gives a solid performance as Rajini’s daughter. The combination scenes of both father and daughter have come out quite well and evoke good emotions in both the halves. Minus Points : After a gripping first half, the tempo in the second half drops a bit as the film is rushed in the last fifteen minutes. After showcasing so much crime and investigation to nab Sunil Shetty, one expects a solid climax but that is not the case. Also, the story of the film is routine as the cop story is given a new twist with screenplay. Sunil Shetty is not utilized properly at all as his role is very weak and has no depth and power in the second half. After Nivetha’s death, things should have been even more gripping but director Murugudoss runs out of ideas and ends the film in a hurry. Technical Aspects : Music by Anirudh is ordinary as none of the songs click in the film. But Anirudh has given a rocking background score as it lifts the film to another level. Production values of the film are very good and so was the Telugu dubbing. Editing is decent and production design showcasing the Mumbai cop world is amazing. Coming to the director Murugudoss, he has done a decent job with the film and narrates the first half in a gripping manner. He pleases the fans in a big way and also showcases Rajini…

Darbar Movie Review

Story - Screenplay - 2.75
Star Cast Performances - 4
Technicalities - 3.75
Direction - 3.75

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Darbar Movie Review

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