Darbar: Boss is back
Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth), the Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, is on a killing spree. He ruthlessly bumps off all dons in the city in a series of encounters and everyone, from politicians to media to Human Rights Commission, wonder why he is doing so.
In the meantime, we get to know his 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).
On her 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.
The Rajinikanth of 1990s is back in Darbar, directed by A R Murugadoss. From fights to dance to comedy, Rajini proves that he is an ageless wonder and his screen presence and performance are just amazing.
Rajini fans are indebted to Murugadoss for bringing their vintage ‘thalaivar’ back on screen. Nayanthara is typical heroine and looks beautiful, while Nivetha Thomas has a meaty role to play. She has done complete justice.
Yogi Babu evokes laughter in the theatre, and he even makes fun of Rajini in many scenes. Suniel Shetty sends chill down the spine with his merciless acts.
Anirudh Ravichander’s music is next to Rajini and Murugadoss in this film. He is a modern day Deva, so to speak. Santosh Sivan deserves special kudos for showing everyone, especially Rajinikanth, so charming and young on screen. Sreekar Prasad’s editing is sharp.
On the flip side, a few sentiment and romantic scenes could have been trimmed. And, on the whole, Darbar is a full-fledged treat to Rajini fans and they will cherish this movie forever.