Whenever a Rajinikanth film hits the screens, it’s a celebration in itself. His ardent fans flock to the theatres, worship him, adore him and celebrate his film. And when a filmmaker like AR Murugadoss, who is a self-proclaimed fan of Rajinikanth, directs a film featuring him, it becomes a joyous ode to Superstar. And that was what Darbar is.
Hari Chopra (Suneil Shetty) brutally kills a bunch of policemen in Mumbai and flees the country to become one of the biggest drug dealers in the world. Meanwhile, Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth) and his daughter Valli (Nivetha Thomas) come to Mumbai where the former takes up the job of freeing the city from the hands of drug dealers. As he is halfway through his mission, Aaditya and Hari’s paths meet. What follows is a typical revenge story.
Unlike the underwhelming trailer, Darbar has a lot of substance in terms of script, which makes it a watchable affair. Director AR Murugadoss’s idea of making a cop with grey shades works to a great extent, thanks to Rajinikanth’s brilliant rendition of Aaditya Arunasalam.