Rajinikanth has been admired as the complete actor who stands tall with irresistible fame and face in the Tamil cinema industry for the past four decades and his screen presence, heroism, style are the components that justify why he has been called as Superstar of Indian cinema. Beyond being a star, he holds a magnet of charisma that keeps the gravity towards him and attracts more inspiration not only from the fans of his language but beyond the borders. 'Darbar' is the first megastar movie of the year 2020 and how Rajini opened his mark and does 'Darbar' rajinified his fans with the same charisma? Let's go through his Darbar...
Aditya Arunachalam (Rajinikanth), a daring and a bad cop who is determined to hunt down the assailants who had committed the crime. He has been deployed from New Delhi to Mumbai to retain the belief of the people and to renovate the corridors of the Mumbai police and after arriving in Mumbai, he starts the battle of cleaning the Mumbai from the hands of crime which has the involvement of the big shots and in his battle, his daughter (Nivedha Thomas) was murdered and the rest of the story shows the hostility of the bad cop and how he rockets his revenge for his daughter's death.
The first half of Rajini's 'Darbar' travels with lively scenes and with the combination and play of the actor in different grounds - as a daring and a bad cop with full of audacity, as an affectionate and lovable father, and as a naughty boyfriend. It has been the first movie of Rajinikanth as a cop after many years and director A.R.Murugadoss must be lauded for bringing out the admirable potential of the actor and presenting the complete act and his style. Murugadoss's writing had scripted the first half with smart ideas, full of actions but he had seemingly slipped away in the opening scene of Rajinikanth that was largely expected by his fans and Darbar is not filled with strong punch dialogues, that will usually decorate Rajini movies.
While Murugadoss has moved the first half of the movie with Mumbai crimes, its backgrounds, naughty friendship with Nayanthara, and counter comedies with Yogibabu, he had kept had rest of the story on the shoulders of Rajinikanth throughout the second half. The second half rolls with the least interesting scenes, the weak character of the villain (Sunil Shetty), and with less thriller and more action. Rajinikanth and Nivedha Thomas stay close to the story in the second half and by capturing the interesting grounds of picturing about the blackmark of the Mumbai police and how drug addiction spoils the youth, Murugadoss could have played strongly in the screenplay and despite the high expectations, Darbar had missed and failed to echo the magic Murugadoss performed in Ramana and Thupakki and it was certain that Rajini's style and delivery of the character sails the movie to the shore.
Well, the Lady superstar has no big role in the movie starred by Superstar but she somehow manages to web the audience through her acting and in final, Nivedha Thomas's 'Valli' role had a strong part in the movie than Nayanthara's 'Lily' and Nivedha had kept her acting in the expected level while Rajini's comedic unification with Yogibabu brings laughter and on the grounds of antagonists, Nawab Shah's role in the first half overtakes Sunil Shetty's villain-ism in the second half.
'Chumma Kizhi' holds the quality of rajinifying the fans and Anirudh's background music reveals how the raising music director worked to tune more 'mass' effects to the mass actor while Santhosh Sivan's cinematography neither holds new and special nor criticized and the stunts of the superstar pour doubt whether he is 70-years-old and songs in Murugadoss directed Ghajini and Thuppaki didn't quake down the base of the movie but in Darbar, the marriage-based song has affected the second half of the movie. Overall, it's undoubtedly the Rajini's Darbar in which Murugadoss has a weaker role.