Darbar Review

By Naresh Kota Jan. 09, 2020, 02:25 pm IST
Darbar Review

Amplified & Messy Rajnification!

Star Cast: Rajinikanth, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas, Nayanthara, Prateik Babbar, Jatin Shah, Dalip Tahil, and Sriman.
Music by Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography by Santosh Sivan
Edited by A Sreekar Prasa
Directed by A R Murugadoss
Produced by Allirajah Subaskaran
CBFC - U/A
Runtime: 159:28 minutes

Superstar Rajnikanth is trying to connect with the younger generation and he is looking for similar visionaries who crafted Annamalai, Baasha, Muthu, Padayappa in the '90s after SP Muthuraman's commercial blasts in '80s. Except for Shankar, none of them could deliver a complete Rajni film experience for the younger generation. But many of them are still interested in his films due to the impact of those early classics. Can Murugadoss bring back the Annamalai, Baasha Rajnikanth back in his Alex Pandian inspired cop avatar? Let's discuss ...

The greatest compliment for Rajnikanth is that he is still trying his best to fit into the young milieu. In this film, he even took up the role of a super cop, Aaditya Arunachalam. He is a man on a mission and he wants to get to the end of an investigation after he gets involved in an accident. His daughter, Valli (Nivetha Thomas) is the major reason for his brutal mission. He keeps eliminating every goon in the city of Mumbai. So, what happened to her? How will Aaditya find him? Does it all involve Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty)? Watch the film to know the answers

As I said earlier, Rajnikanth is still trying and that cannot be discounted. His efforts to stay fit and even show off his body in a sequence, at his age, needs special mention. As an actor, he needs challenging roles but unfortunately, he isn't finding them. In this film, he is asked to walk in hi-speed frames in different while looking younger than his previous films. When you see him putting in so much effort for a script that doesn't really compliment him, we just feel for him.

Nivetha Thomas got a better role than all others. It looks as if Murugadoss had no clue in building other characters after writing his story. His script looks too old school that even Muthuraman sir would have said he needs something fresh in the '80s. None of the actors like Suniel Shetty, Nayantara get at least two good scenes to perform. One or two good sequences that highlight Rajnikanth also look too tired and tested.

Cinematography by Santhosh Sivan is good and music by Anirudh Ravichander lacks his Petta punch. Editing could have been better as several areas look eye-jarring than smooth. Murugadoss as a writer failed to create good enough sequences for the film to hold our interest together. Rajnification of everything seems to have taken over the meat in the screenplay and that hurts the flow on-screen so much that even Rajni couldn't hold it together. Rajni needs better scripts than just those that try to show him as a superman or try to touch the nostalgic nerve of audiences. Our recommendation about watching the film is that you can wait for the festival to rush to the end.

Bottom line: Muruga-Mess!

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