DARBAR - ProView
An Engaging cop Movie
Darbar Story Plot: A top cop is tasked with ending the drug menace in Mumbai, and to do this, he has to take on a most feared and ruthless mafia lord.
Review: In the films of Director AR Murugadoss, justice doesn’t always isn’t done by upholding the law of the land. Be it in Dheena , Ramana or Thuppakki or Kaithi, his protagonists have to break law to ensure justice is served. And that is what happens in Darbar, where an Very angry cop goes on a murderous rampage to take down a most-wanted criminal. Right in the opening scenes, the director establishes that his protagonist #AadityaArunasalam (Thalaivar Rajinikanth, in fine form), a top cop who has been deputed to Mumbai to tackle the drug menace in the city, isn’t someone who goes by the rule book. In fact, we see him threatening and roughing up the members of the human rights commission who question him about his rule-breaking.
In the course of one of his operations, AadityaArunachalam nabs #Ajay Malhotra (Prateik Babbar), the son of a Top Business man, who happens to be the chief drug-supplier in the city. But when Ajay is eliminated, #Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty), a dreaded gangster who turned the police force into a laughing stock 27 years earlier, returns to the country to get his revenge by targeting Aaditya and his daughter #Valli (Nivetha Thomas).
Taking his lead from #Petta, Murugadoss turns #Darbar into a celebration of Rajinikanth, the Superstar. Though he doesn’t turn this Movie into a greatest hits collection like the former film, Murugadoss exploits the charisma and Superstardom of Thalaivar Rajinikanth and gives us a genre film that is an engaging Commercial cocktail of action and drama FILM. The father-daughter scenes are the film’s strongest-selling point, with the camaraderie between Rajinikanth and Nivetha Thomas making this relationship endearing. There is a truly heartbreaking moment and NivethaThomas is Really fantastic in this portion.
Darbar is also alert to the fact that its hero’s age in Real life. We get an enjoyable Romantic track, between AadityaArunachalam and #Lily (Nayanthara, in a character that is simply a showpiece), and even as we marvel at the miraculous youthfulness of Thalaivar Rajinikanth in these portions (a splendid job by the makeup and the costume departments), we get a scene where a character remarks at the age difference between two. The dignified manner in which this scene addresses this issue ensures that fans don’t take it as an insult to their idol.
But perhaps because his villainy is often offscreen, Suniel Shetty’s Hari Chopra doesn’t come across as a powerful antagonist despite being built up as one. Yes, he causes numerous casualties, but still, the lack of a solid confrontation scene between him and AadityaArunachalam makes him underwhelming. Even in the Mass Rushed climax, Aaditya has it too easy.