Jump to content

Darbar (film)

Page semi-protected
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Darbar
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAR Murugadoss
Written byAR Murugadoss
Produced byAllirajah Subaskaran
Starring
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Production
company
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 9 January 2020 (2020-01-09)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget190–240 crore[a]
Box officeest. 202—250 crore[6][7]

Darbar (/ðərbɑːr/ transl. Court) is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by AR Murugadoss, and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions. The film stars Rajinikanth, Suniel Shetty, Nayanthara and Nivetha Thomas. It follows Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth), the commissioner of Mumbai Police, who sets out to curb the city's rampant drug-trafficking and prostitution. When he uncovers a deep controversy linked to an international drug lord, however, he tries to fulfill his secret agenda.

The film is Rajinikanth's first role as a police officer in 27 years following Pandiyan (1992). The project's working title was Thalaivar 167 and the title Darbar was officially announced on 9 April 2019. Principal photography commenced the same month, mostly in Mumbai, and was completed in October 2019. Anirudh Ravichander composed the music for the film. The cinematographer was Santosh Sivan and the editor was A. Sreekar Prasad.

Darbar was released theatrically in India on 9 January 2020, coinciding with the Pongal festival. The film met with mixed reviews upon release and grossed 202–250 crore crore at the box office,[7][6] making it the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2020. Despite this, it was considered a poor performer, which caused distributors to threaten hunger strikes and demand Rajinikanth recoup their losses.

Plot

Mumbai Police Commissioner Aditya Arunachalam kills gangsters in the city in police encounters. His behaviour received widespread condemnation, and the National Human Rights Commission of India decided to act against him. One of the panellists on the commission, a former friend of Aditya, discovers the murder of his daughter Valli sparked his killing spree.

Past: A minister assigns Aditya to Mumbai as the new Commissioner to curb the rampant drug trafficking and prostitution in the city. Upon arriving in Mumbai, he rescues three kidnapped women, one of whom is the daughter of the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Sensing an opportunity, Aditya uses the kidnapped women as an excuse to initiate a campaign against the city's drug trafficking and prostitution rings. His efforts are highly successful; the police arrest numerous drug dealers and child traffickers.

Among the arrested is Ajay Malhotra, the son of influential industrialist Vinod Malhotra, who attempts to bail out Ajay, but Aditya refuses bail. Aditya, seeking Ajay's testimony on his involvement in drug smuggling, visits him in prison and discovers a proxy in his place. He asks the state and central governments to investigate and discovers the officials assigned to Ajay's casework for Vinod. Through a covert investigation, Aditya learns Ajay is hiding in Bangkok and has the Royal Thai Police arrest him on passport fraud charges.

Corrupt diplomats on Vinod's payroll falsely declare Ajay imprisoned in India, which leads to his release from Thai custody. Undeterred, Aditya returns to India and has Ajay's proxy killed with the excuse of self-defence and announces that they will display Ajay's corpse to the media. Vinod's accomplices, cornered and with no other options, turn against him; to save themselves, they have Ajay secretly returned to India and killed. At Ajay's wake, however, it is revealed Ajay is not Vinod's son but that of feared mafia boss Hariharan "Hari" Chopra, who is responsible for the massacre of fifty-seven policemen in Mumbai.

While in London, Hari learns of Ajay's murder. Vowing revenge, he secretly enters India via the Bangladesh–India border. Fearing for his life, Vinod contacts Aditya's daughter, Valli, and warns her that Aditya is in danger. Hari later stabs Vinod for his inability to protect Ajay, targets Aditya and Valli, and arranges a gruesome car accident. Aditya survives the attack, but Valli is diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, and her doctor tells her she has only two hours to live. Valli records a video for Aditya and dies. In his grief over her death, Aditya turns violent. Believing Vinod to be responsible for the car accident, Aditya barges into his residence but learns of his murder. Enraged and confused, Aditya sets out to discover the truth behind Valli's death and kills numerous gangsters in the process.

Present: Hari's goons ambush Aditya and his subordinates. Although they survive the attack, they suspend Aditya for his rash behaviour. About to give up, he discovers Valli's video, in which she reveals Vinod's earlier warning and encourages Aditya to persevere with his investigation. Emboldened by the footage, Aditya gets reinstated by the police by proving his physical and mental stability. He then traces Ajay's true biological origins to Hari.

Attempting to evade Aditya, Hari organises the murders of numerous police officers. Undeterred, Aditya traces Hari's location to an old office building of Mumbai Media that media tycoon Pramod Gupta owns, who is one of Hari's associates. With the help of the police, Aditya launches a raid on the complex. He kills Hari's goons and captures Gupta but fails to capture Hari. Hari retreats to the site of his earlier massacre and lures Aditya by holding the families of the murdered police officers hostage at gunpoint. Aditya fights with Hari and wins. Hari attempts to shoot Aditya, but he throws a knife at Hari's neck then stabs Hari repeatedly to death. As Aditya walks out of the police station, a young boy dressed in a police uniform looks at him and salutes with a smile. Aditya returns the smile and salute.

Cast

  • Rajinikanth as Aaditya Arunachalam IPS
  • Suniel Shetty as Hariharan "Hari" Chopra
  • Nayanthara as Lilly
  • Nivetha Thomas as Vallikkannu[8]
  • Yogi Babu as Kaushik, Aaditya's friend
  • Prateik Babbar as Ajay Chopra a.k.a. Ajay Malhotra
  • Nawab Shah as Vinod Malhotra/Vinod Prathap
  • Sriman as Lilly's cousin
  • Dalip Tahil as Union Home Secretary
  • Yograj Singh as the head of the gangsters
  • Jatin Sarna as a gangster
  • Adithya Shivpink as Ajay's proxy
  • Shamata Anchan as a police inspector
  • Raneesh Thyagarajan as a police inspector
  • Shreya Gupto as Minister's daughter
  • Sanjay Raghavan as a police inspector
  • Soundariya Nanjundan as Lilly's cousin
  • Manasvi Kottachi as Lilly's niece
  • Rajesh Chintu as a police inspector
  • Anitha Sampath as a newsreader
  • Yusuf Hussain as Doctor
  • Sumit Giri as a police inspector
  • C. Ranganathan as Lilly's father
  • Jeeva Subramanian as a dancer in the song "Kannula Thimiru"

Production

Development

In March 2015, Rajinikanth was reported to have signed his next film with AR Murugadoss and producer V. Ravichandran of Aascar Films; the project was reported to have been out on hold until his issue with the distributors over the financial losses of his film Lingaa (2014) was resolved. The project was never realised due to Ravichandran's bankruptcy.[9]

On 25 September 2018, media reported Rajinikanth would collaborate with Murugadoss for his next project and would be financed by Sun Pictures, which produced the latter's Sarkar (2018) and the former's Petta (2019).[10] On 25 November that year, Lyca Productions announced it would collaborate with Rajinikanth and Murugadoss again after their previous collaboration of the former's 2.0 (2018) and the latter's Kaththi (2014) .[11] At an awards ceremony held in December 2018, Murugadoss refuted claims the film's title was Narkaali,[12] and stated the film was not about politics like some of his previous films but a "mass entertainer".[13]

Production of the film began with the working title Thalaivar 167. Composer Anirudh Ravichander and cinematographer Santosh Sivan confirmed their involvement in the film. On 29 March 2019, Murugadoss offered a visit to Pazhani Murugan temple to perform a special pooja (prayer ceremony) for the success of the film,[14] and announced the film's title and release date.[15] On 9 April 2019, Lyca Productions released the film's first-look poster on social media platforms, revealing the film's title as Darbar.[16][17] The first look of Rajinikanth had him surrounded by police dogs, belts, badges and handcuffs.[18] It was Rajinikanth's first role as a police officer after 27 years, his previous police role being in Pandiyan (1992).[19] In an interview, Murugadoss stated the film is about a tough police officer like Alex Pandian, a character in Rajinikanth's Moondru Mugam (1982).[20]

Casting

Nayanthara was confirmed as the film's female lead;[21] it was her third collaboration with Rajinikanth[22] after Chandramukhi (2005) and Sivaji: The Boss (2007), despite playing a cameo in the latter.[23] It was earlier reported Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar would play the main antagonist in Darbar.[24] Later reports said Suniel Shetty was cast as the lead antagonist, marking his full debut in Tamil cinema.[25] Shetty agreed to play the antagonist despite declining previous offers to play antagonists in other Tamil films.[26] Murugadoss approached Shetty while he was filming for Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea, for which Shetty grew his hair long.[27] Murugadoss wanted to do something special with Shetty's long hair; Shetty showed Murugadoss the look of his man bun, which was ultimately used for the film.[28][29] In an interview, Shetty said Darbar is his first "meaty" role in Tamil cinema.[30] Darbar is Yogi Babu's first collaboration with Rajinikanth.[31]

Filming

On 4 April 2019, a photoshoot featuring Rajinikanth was held at a studio in Chennai,[32] with photographer Venket Ram and costumes designed by Niharika Bhasin Khan.[33] The stills which were leaked onto the internet and showed the actor in a cop avatar.[34] Principal photography for the film began on 10 April in Mumbai.[35][36] Images featuring Rajinikanth, Nivetha Thomas and Yogi Babu were also leaked onto the internet.[37][38] On 3 May 2019, filming was suspended following reports of friction with college students at a campus that was being used as a location, and it later resumed.[39] The film's first schedule was completed on 15 May.[40][41][42][excessive citations]

The film's second schedule resumed on 29 May and ended on 30 June.[43][44] Suniel Shetty joined the film's second schedule.[45] On 5 June 2019, a video from the filming location was unofficially posted on the internet despite high security on the sets.[46] The filmmakers reported a similar incident during the filming on the last week of June 2019.[47] The team shifted location from Mumbai to Delhi, citing heavy rains.[47] It was reported filming would finish in late August 2019.[48]

After completing the film's second schedule, the makers took a 10-day-long break and filming resumed on 10 July 2019. On 25 July, Murugadoss shared images from the film showing Rajinikanth holding a sword and walking through a cloud of dust in a policeman's uniform; another image showed him looking happier and wearing a light blue suit.[49][50] The final schedule of the film took place on 19 August 2019 in Jaipur, where two action sequences were filmed.[51][52] On 11 October 2019, the makers announced they had completed filming.[53] On 7 November 2019, Rajinikanth started dubbing for the film in Chennai[54] and completed within two days.[55][56]

Music

Darbar
Soundtrack album by
Released7 December 2019
Recorded2019
StudioAlbuquerque Records, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageTamil
LabelDivo
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Gang Leader
(2019)
Darbar
(2019)
Dharala Prabhu
(2020)

Anirudh Ravichander composed Darbar's soundtrack and score, marking his second collaboration with Rajinikanth after Petta (2019) and also with director A. R. Murugadoss after Kaththi (2014). "Thalaivar Theme", an instrumental theme for the film,[57] was released on 7 November 2019 to accompany the motion poster.[58] The film's first single "Chumma Kizhi",[59] whose lyruics were written by Vivek and sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, was released on 27 November 2019.[60][61] The film's album was launched on 7 December 2019 at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai,[62] in the presence of the film's cast and crew;[63][64] it was made available to stream through the online streaming platform Gaana on the same day.[65]

The film's soundtrack has an unreleased hidden song titled "Kannula Thimiru", which was recorded by trans-woman singers Chandramukhi, Rachana and Priya Murthi,[66] and was performed live at the film's audio launch.[67] The song was not included in the album because Anirudh had to release the song with the tune phrase from the theme song of Annaamalai (1992).[68] For the song, Anirudh engaged veteran composer Deva to conduct the song's brass section; a making-of video of the song was released in mid January 2020 and went viral on the internet.[69][70]

Reviewing the soundtrack album, Behindwoods rated it three out of five, stating, "Anirudh packs interesting tunes for every 'Rajini' mode, expect the visuals to add more punch".[71] Indiaglitz gave it the same rating and stated "An album which gets you tapping your feet endlessly".[72] Sify stated "the soundtrack album is quite disappointing as compared to Rajinikanth's earlier film Petta, due to the unimpressive lyrics but it touches the listener's soul and enables them to sing along".[73] Moviecrow gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of five and stated "Anirudh tunes are hardly memorable and the album has no catchy or repeat worthy tracks".[74]

All lyrics are written by Vivek, except "Thani Vazhi" which had lyrics by Yogi B, Senthuzhan and Syan[75]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Chumma Kizhi"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anirudh Ravichander3:50
2."Dumm Dumm"Nakash Aziz4:38
3."Thalaivar Theme" (Instrumental) 0:43
4."Thani Vazhi"Anirudh Ravichander, Shakthisree Gopalan, Yogi B3:26
5."Tharam Maara Single"Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun Chandy3:48
6."Villain Theme" (Instrumental) 1:05
7."Kannula Thimiru"Chandramukhi, Rachana, Priya Murthi3:12
Total length:19:22

Release

Theatrical

On the announcement of the first look release, the filmmakers planned to schedule the release to coincide with the Pongal festival.[76] The film was scheduled to release on 11 January 2020 but in November 2019, the release was preponed to 9 January[77] to get the benefits of the extended holiday weekend because that year's Pongal fell on 15 January.[78][79][80] Darbar opened in 7,000 screens worldwide,[81] including 4,000 screens in India.[82]

On 7 January 2020, the Madras High Court blocked the film's release in Malaysia after its producer failed to pay a debt of ₹23 crore to its distributor.[83][84] The court later revoked the claim after Lyca Productions showed a bank guarantee of ₹4.9 crores.[85]

Distribution

Dheeraj Enterprises bought the distribution rights to Darbar in Karnataka.[86] The Hindi-dubbed version of the film was sold to Reliance Entertainment, which released the film in North Indian cinemas.[87] Prime Media acquired the US rights and released the film on 8 January, a day before the Indian release.[88]

Marketing

The motion poster of Darbar was released on 7 November 2019.[89] Kamal Haasan, Salman Khan, Mohanlal and Mahesh Babu released the film's posters.[90] The film's trailer was released at a launch event in Mumbai on 16 December,[91] with Rajinikanth, Suniel Shetty and Murugadoss in attendance.[92][93][94]

To make the film's promotion unique, the filmmakers wrapped a SpiceJet aeroplane with Darbar Rajini livery.[95] The external branding of the aircraft bore an image of Rajinikanth in police uniform.[96]

Speaking to The Hindu, R. Kannan, chief operating officer (COO) of Lyca Productions said, "The film will release in 7,000 screens across the world. We are planning to release it in a few islands to reach out to the maximum number of people". He said around ₹70–80 million was being spent on promoting the film, calling the marketing investment "one of the highest in Tamil cinema". Kannan said around 15 brands such as SpiceJet, Cadbury's, BookMyShow and Airtel had marketing deals with the film.[97]

Home media

The film was made available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on 24 February 2020. The satellite rights were sold to Sun TV.[98][99]

Critical response

Critics gave Darbar mixed reviews.[100][101] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of 8 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[102]

Sreedhar Pillai, writing for Firstpost gave Darbar a rating of two-and-tree-quarter stars out of five and stated "The first half of Darbar is enjoyable mainly due to Rajinikanth's style and swagger".[103] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of five and wrote "Darbar is targeted fair and square at Rajinikanth fans, but it does nothing to give masala cinema a fresh shot of energy".[104] Writing for The Times of India, M Suganth gave three stars out of five and stated "Darbar is an engaging commercial cocktail of action and drama".[105] Shubhra Gupta, editor-in-chief of The Indian Express, gave two-and-a-half stars out of five and stated "Darbar remains a Rajinikanth film which bows at each step to the continuing myth of the one and only Thalaivar".[106] S Srivatsan from The Hindu stated "Despite A.R. Murugadoss offering very little substance for him to work with, the superstar just about manages to carry this film on his aging shoulders".[107]

Sify gave two-and-a-half stars out of five and stated, "Darbar is an average cop action entertainer packed to satisfy the appetite of the die-hard fans of Thalaivar".[108] Karthik Kumar of Hindustan Times wrote "AR Murugadoss plays on Rajinikanth's strength and swag, but everything else in this film gets a lackadaisical treatment".[109] Baradwaj Rangan wrote for Film Companion, "The film falls in a no-man's land, where the drama and the action is neither powerful nor punchy enough".[110] India Today gave two-and-a-half stars out of five, stating "Barring a clichéd and predictable storyline, Darbar is strictly a film by a Rajinikanth fan for Thalaivar's fans".[111] Sowmya Rajendran of The News Minute gave two-and-a-half stars out of five, and stated "Despite being a stale and predictable cop film, it's Rajinikanth's trademark swag that keeps the scenes alive".[112] News18 gave three stars out of five, stating "Darbar is a terrific entertainer that has its shortcomings and dull moments, but Rajinikanth fans won't be disappointed".[113] Manoj Kumar R. of The Indian Express wrote, "Murugadoss is among the handful of Tamil filmmakers who enjoy the reputation of making sensible and meaningful commercial films as opposed to churning out just brain-dead popcorn fare. And Darbar is the opposite of what we have come to expect of the director."[114]

Economics

Pre-release revenue

The film's pre-release rights for Darbar were sold for 220 crore (US$26 million).[2][115][116] Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film were sold for 60 crore (US$7.2 million),[117] Karnataka theatrical rights were sold for 9 crore (US$1.1 million),[118] rights in Kerala were sold for 6 crore (US$720,000),[117] and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana theatrical rights were sold for more than 15 crore (US$1.8 million).[118] North India rights to the film, which included the Hindi-dubbed satellite, digital and theatrical rights, were sold for up to 40 crore (US$4.8 million).[118] Darbar earned more than 37 crore (US$4.4 million) on overseas rights.[118] The satellite and digital rights of the film were sold for 50 crore (US$6.0 million)[118] while other rights to the film were sold for 3 crore (US$360,000).[118]

Box office

India

Darbar earned ₹180 million in Tamil Nadu on its first day of release,[117] and has grossed approximately ₹110 crore in Tamil Nadu.[119] Chennai was particularly good for Darbar; it grossed ₹14.67 crore in that city.[120] In Kerala and Karnataka it collected ₹8 crore and ₹24 crore respectively. It earned around ₹23 crore from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and around ₹15 crore from the Hindi version.[121] Darbar grossed ₹1.35 billion at the domestic box office in the first 11 days of its release.[122]

Other territories

Darbar grossed over ₹2 billion worldwide in the 11 days after its release.[122][123] The film grossed US$400,000 on its opening day in the United States.[124] In its opening weekend, Darbar earned $1 million (₹7.09 crore) in the US.[125] As of 19 January 2020, the film's revenue had exceeded $1.6 million (₹11.36 crore) in the US.[citation needed] Darbar earned approximately ₹70 crore in the overseas market in the first 11 days of its release.[122]

Re-release in Japan

Darbar was re-released as Dalbar Revenge, in Japan's theatre chain MKC Plex on 16 July 2021, and ran with a full house for a week. The film was supposed to be screened until 21 July but its run was extended to the end of July. According to some reports, it ran until August in some cities.[126] According to Sify:

Multiple shows are being added for [Darbar] in Japan. Huge demand for tickets there. Distributors are very happy with the profits ... According to reports, the movie has created quite a rage among fans. This is likely to be screened in more cities such as Kyoto, Nagoya, and Niigata, among others.[127]

According to media reports, Darbar grossed ¥230 million in Japan.[126] The film earned approximately ₹15 crore.[126] Darbar is the second-highest-grossing film for Rajinikanth in Japan after Muthu.[128]

Controversies

Political statements

Darbar includes two scenes in which characters speak of prison inmates being allowed to go out and shop. The dialogues in either scene are not spoken by Rajinikanth but he is present in the scenes. Lyca Productions announced it would be removing controversial dialogue from the film, which was deemed to be a reference to V. K. Sasikala, the jailed associate of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. Lyca Productions released a statement on Twitter saying these scenes were included with the intention of entertaining audiences and do not refer to any individual.[129]

Distributor's losses and impact

Though Darbar became the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2020, grossing over 2.5 billion (US$30 million),[130] the distributors faced huge losses because of exceeded production costs and pre-release rights.[131] Trade experts said the film incurred a loss of 700 million (US$8.4 million) to the distributors.[132] It did not perform well in other Indian states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, due to competition from Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and Sarileru Neekevvaru,[133] and the Hindi version was unsuccessful at the box office due to a lack of promotion.[134] After failing to meet Lyca Productions regarding the film's losses, several distributors tried to approach Rajinikanth to demand compensation.[135] They also threatened him with hunger strikes if their losses were not recouped.[3][136] According to several industry sources, Darbar became the fourth Rajinikanth film to incur huge losses for distributors after Baba (2002), Kuselan (2008) and Lingaa (2014).[137]

Analysts revealed that the losses resulted due to the huge salaries for the actor and director, lead to a significant increase in the film's production cost.[5] According to DT Next, Rajinikanth was paid a salary of 108 crore (US$13 million) with the inclusion of GST,[5] and had become the first Tamil actor to receive a salary of about ₹100 crore.[138] Murugadoss received a salary of 45 crore (US$5.4 million) whereas Nayanthara received a salary of about 6 crore (US$720,000).[5] The final budget of the film being stood at 240 crore (US$29 million), and Lyca Productions sold the distribution rights to 320 crore (US$38 million), in order to gain profits.[5] This eventually being subjected to criticism as Tamil cinema being not strong enough to pay huge salaries to the directors and actors,[139] and few condemned Rajinikanth on getting a salary of about 100 crore (US$12 million) as he did not have a considerable market value, compared to Vijay and Ajith Kumar.[140][141]

The impact of Darbar's losses significantly affected Rajinikanth's salary for Annaatthe because its producers Sun Pictures decided to halve his salary.[142] Sun Pictures, which announced another film with Murugadoss as director, insisted Murugadoss cut his salary, citing the under-performance of Darbar and financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[143] After Murugadoss refused to cut his salary,[144][145] the production company removed him from the project and replaced him with Nelson Dilipkumar as director, whose film became Beast (2022).[146][147]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Firstpost estimates the film's budget to be ₹1.9 billion,[2] While The Indian Express and The Hindu reported the budget to be ₹200 crore,[3][4] while DT Next estimated it as ₹2.4 billion.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Darbar (2019)". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b MK, Surendhar (9 January 2020). "Darbar pulls in Rs 220 cr pre-release business globally; Sarileru Neekevvaru and Ala Vaikunthapurramulo fetch career-best figures for Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 19 August 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Subhakeerthana, S (4 February 2020). "Will Rajinikanth compensate for Darbar's box office loss?". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 8 May 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ "How will 'Darbar' fare at the box office?". The Hindu. 8 January 2020. Archived from the original on 13 October 2022. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Did Darbar TN distributors incur losses?". DT Next. 11 February 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Highest grossing Kollywood (Tamil) films of all time; Vikram box office collections nears 400 crores worldwide". Pinkvilla. 23 June 2022. Archived from the original on 5 June 2023. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  7. ^ a b "Darbar box office: Film ends up as a colossal flop, distributors plan to approach Rajinikanth". Hindustan Times. 31 January 2020. Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  8. ^ "'He's MY appa, Aaditya Arunasalam': Nivetha Thomas on playing Rajinikanth's daughter in 'Darbar'". The New Indian Express. 18 October 2019. Archived from the original on 6 September 2023. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Rajinikanth Roped in For AR Murugadoss Next?". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 14 March 2015. Archived from the original on 30 November 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  10. ^ "AR Murugadoss's next with Superstar Rajinikanth". The Times of India. 25 September 2018. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Rajinikanth-AR Murugdoss film to be backed by Lyca Productions?". India Today. 25 November 2018. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  12. ^ "NARKAALI IS THE TITLE OF RAJINIKANTH-AR MURUGADOSS FILM? IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION HERE". Behindwoods. 8 December 2018. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  13. ^ "My next film with Rajinikanth will not be a political film: AR Murugadoss". The New Indian Express. 18 December 2018. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  14. ^ "RAJINIKANTH AND ARM'S THALAIVAR 167 RELEASE PLANS". Behindwoods. 29 March 2019. Archived from the original on 5 May 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  15. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (30 March 2019). "Rajinikanth and Nayanthara's next movie Thalaivar 167 release date fixed". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Thalaivar 167 is Darbar. Rajinikanth turns IPS officer to wear khaki in AR Murugadoss film". India Today. 9 April 2019. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Rajinikanth movie Darbar first look unveiled: Highlights". The Indian Express. 9 April 2019. Archived from the original on 16 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Rajinikanth starts shooting for his much awaited film Darbar in Mumbai". Pinkvilla. 11 April 2019. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Rajini's 'Darbar' releases to a full house". Deccan Herald. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 2 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  20. ^ "AR Murugadoss reveals how Darbar with Rajinikanth happened". India Today. 17 October 2019. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Nayanthara teams up with Rajinikanth in AR Murugadoss's film". Hindustan Times. 8 April 2019. Archived from the original on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Nayanthara confirmed as the female lead of Rajinikanth's next". The New Indian Express. 8 April 2019. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  23. ^ "It's official! Nayanthara will team up with Rajinikanth in AR Murugadoss's film". The News Minute. 8 April 2019. Archived from the original on 1 March 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Prateik Babbar to play antagonist in Rajinikanth's 'Darbar'". The Hindu. PTI. 17 April 2019. Archived from the original on 7 November 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Why 'Darbar' is a big deal for Rajinikanth fans". Gulf News. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  26. ^ Sharanya CR (28 February 2018). "I'm in cinema because of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan: Suniel Shetty". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 March 2022. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  27. ^ Janani, K (23 May 2019). "Darbar update: Not Prateik Babbar, Suniel Shetty is main villain in new Rajinikanth film". India Today. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  28. ^ Joshi, Tushar (16 December 2019). "Exclusive! Suniel Shetty on his man bun for 'Darbar': I am one of the few heroes with hair left on my head!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  29. ^ "'I deliberately did not reveal Darbar's plot in the trailer'". The Times of India. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  30. ^ Darbar Climax Fight Scene Making – Suniel Shetty Reveals Unheard Secrets! Super Exclusive Interview. BehindwoodsTV. 17 December 2019. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020 – via YouTube.{{cite AV media}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  31. ^ "Darbar: Yogi Babu joins Rajinikanth in Mumbai for AR Murugadoss film". India Today. 10 April 2019. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  32. ^ "Rajinikanth's photoshoot stills of 'Thalaivar 167' leaked!". The Times of India. 5 April 2019. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  33. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (5 April 2019). "Rajinikanth's Thalaivar 167 picture leaked: The superstar plays this role in Murugadoss' film". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  34. ^ "Rajinikanth's Look in 'Thalaivar 167' Leaked Online". The Quint. 5 April 2019. Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  35. ^ "Rajinikanth starts Darbar shoot in Mumbai". The Indian Express. 10 April 2019. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  36. ^ "'Darbar' stills leaked again, team upset". Sify. Archived from the original on 28 April 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  37. ^ "Darbar leaked picture shows Rajinikanth with Nivetha Thomas and Yogi Babu". Hindustan Times. 25 April 2019. Archived from the original on 11 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  38. ^ "Rajinikanth, Nayanthara shoot for Darbar in Mumbai". The Indian Express. 26 April 2019. Archived from the original on 18 November 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  39. ^ "Superstar Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' crew attacked with stones by Mumbai college students: Reports". The New Indian Express. 3 May 2019. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  40. ^ "Rajinikanth wraps up the first schedule of Darbar". The Times of India. 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 15 September 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  41. ^ "Rajinikanth completes the first schedule of Darbar". Cinema Express. 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  42. ^ "It's a schedule wrap for Rajinikanth's Darbar!". Moviecrow. 16 May 2019. Archived from the original on 18 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  43. ^ "Rajini's 'Darbar' second schedule to commence from May 29". The News Minute. 19 May 2019. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  44. ^ "EXCITING UPDATE ON SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH'S DARBAR". Behindwoods. 12 June 2019. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  45. ^ "Suniel Shetty to join the second schedule of Darbar!". Sify. 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 28 May 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  46. ^ "Video of Darbar shooting scenes leaked on social media". DT Next. 5 June 2019. Archived from the original on 23 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  47. ^ a b "A mass still of Rajini from Darbar leaked again?". Deccan Chronicle. 28 June 2019. Archived from the original on 19 September 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  48. ^ "Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' to be wrapped up by the end of August". The News Minute. 13 June 2019. Archived from the original on 13 June 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  49. ^ "Darbar: AR Murugadoss shares new stills of Rajinikanth from upcoming cop drama". Firstpost. 25 July 2019. Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  50. ^ "AR Murugadoss has interesting work for Rajinikanth fans. Hint: Darbar posters". India Today. 25 July 2019. Archived from the original on 1 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  51. ^ "Darbar final schedule begins in Jaipur, Rajinikanth and Nayanthara join the team". Hindustan Times. 19 August 2019. Archived from the original on 26 March 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  52. ^ "Rajinikanth and Nayanthara Starrer Darbar's Mumbai Shooting Stills Leaked". News18. 29 August 2019. Archived from the original on 22 November 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  53. ^ "Rajinikanth wraps up Darbar shoot, Pongal 2020 release confirmed". Hindustan Times. 6 October 2019. Archived from the original on 19 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  54. ^ "Darbar's dubbing kicks off today". The Times of India. 14 November 2019. Archived from the original on 10 January 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  55. ^ "Rajinikanth completes dubbing for Darbar in record time, see pic". Hindustan Times. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 12 February 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  56. ^ "Rajinikanth completes dubbing for Darbar". The Indian Express. 18 November 2019. Archived from the original on 16 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  57. ^ "Anirudh Ravichander treats fans to Darbar update on his birthday". The New Indian Express. 16 October 2019. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  58. ^ Ratda, Khushboo (16 October 2019). "Darbar Update: Anirudh Ravichander makes a special announcement about Rajinikanth starrer on his birthday". Pinkvilla. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  59. ^ "Darbar: Chumma Kizhi single from Rajinikanth film to release on November 27". India Today. 24 November 2019. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  60. ^ "'Darbar' first single 'Chumma Kizhi' on November 27". The Times of India. 25 November 2019. Archived from the original on 21 June 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  61. ^ "'Chumma Kizhi' from Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' released". The Hindu. 27 November 2019. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  62. ^ "Rajinikanth's Darbar audio launch to take place in a Chennai stadium on December 7". India Today. 4 December 2019. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  63. ^ "CHUMMA KIZHI! DARBAR'S SARAVEDI AUDIO LAUNCH ANNOUNCED! DETAILS HERE!". Behindwoods. 5 December 2019. Archived from the original on 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  64. ^ "Darbar audio launch: Highlights". The Indian Express. 8 December 2019. Archived from the original on 1 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  65. ^ Divo [@divomovies] (8 December 2019). "Listen to the full album of #Darbar exclusively on @gaana" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  66. ^ "Three trans women sing for Rajinikanth's 'Darbar'". The Times of India. 5 December 2019. Archived from the original on 5 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  67. ^ "Meet the three trans women who've become a rage after singing in Rajinikanth's 'Darbar'". The News Minute. 11 December 2019. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  68. ^ "Anirudh reveals his most memorable recording session!". IndiaGlitz. 14 December 2019. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  69. ^ "Anirudh composes Darbar background music with Deva". The Times of India. 13 January 2020. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  70. ^ R, Aishwarya (13 January 2020). "Anirudh Ravichander releases BTS video of Rajinikanth starrer's theme song with veteran musician Deva". Pinkvilla. Archived from the original on 20 October 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  71. ^ "Darbar Songs Review". Behindwoods. 11 December 2019. Archived from the original on 18 July 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  72. ^ "Darbar Music Review". IndiaGlitz. 7 December 2019. Archived from the original on 24 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  73. ^ "Darbar- Audio review". Sify. 9 December 2019. Archived from the original on 9 December 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  74. ^ "Darbar Songs – Music Review". Moviecrow. 8 December 2019. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  75. ^ "Darbar (Tamil) | Anirudh Ravichander". Gaana. Archived from the original on 27 May 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  76. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (9 April 2019). "Rajinikanth's Thalaivar 167 title revealed: Darbar is the name of AR Murugadoss' film [First Look Poster]". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  77. ^ "Confirmed: Rajinikanth starrer 'Darbar' to release on this date". The Times of India. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 20 November 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  78. ^ "Rajinikanth starrer Darbar to hit screens on January 9". The Indian Express. 30 December 2019. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  79. ^ "The title and first look of #Thalaivar167 released!". weportal.in. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  80. ^ "தர்பார் படத்தின் ஃபஸ்ட் லுக் போஸ்டர் – இதையெல்லாம் கவனித்தீர்களா?". WeTalkiess (in Tamil). 9 April 2019. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  81. ^ "Darbar to release in 7,000 screens worldwide, including 4,000 in India on January 9". Business Line. 6 January 2020. Archived from the original on 1 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  82. ^ "Rajini's Darbar to release in 4,000 screens across India". The Hindu. 7 January 2020. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  83. ^ "Madras HC restrains release of Rajinikanth-starrer 'Darbar' in Malaysia after producer failed to pay Rs 23 cr to distributor". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 7 July 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  84. ^ "Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' not to release in Malaysia without bank guarantee: Madras HC". The News Minute. 7 January 2020. Archived from the original on 7 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  85. ^ "HC clears decks for release of Rajinikanth-starrer 'Darbar'". The Hindu. 8 January 2020. Archived from the original on 8 January 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  86. ^ Aravind (29 December 2019). "EXCITING OFFICIAL UPDATE ON THALAIVAR'S DARBAR RELEASE!: KNOW MORE". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  87. ^ "Reliance Entertainment to release 'Darbar' in North India!". Sify. 16 December 2019. Archived from the original on 16 December 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  88. ^ Aravind (7 January 2020). "RAJINIKANTH'S DARBAR- USA THEATRES LIST IS HERE". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 20 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  89. ^ "Darbar motion poster out: Rajinikanth is a kickass cop in new AR Murugadoss film". India Today. 7 November 2019. Archived from the original on 7 March 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  90. ^ "Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' motion poster released". The Hindu. 7 November 2019. Archived from the original on 11 August 2023. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  91. ^ "Darbar trailer review – Superstar Rajinikanth kills it as the Bad Cop". IndiaGlitz. 16 December 2019. Archived from the original on 18 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  92. ^ "Darbar: Rajinikanth and Suniel Shetty lead the team at trailer launch event in Mumbai". India Today. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  93. ^ "Darbar trailer launch Live Updates: Superstar Rajinikanth is a 'bad cop' in Murugadoss film". The Indian Express. 17 December 2019. Archived from the original on 16 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  94. ^ "Inside Darbar pre-release event in Hyderabad". The Indian Express. 5 January 2020. Archived from the original on 20 November 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  95. ^ "'Darbar' promos reach the skies, Spicejet flies aircraft with Rajini image". The News Minute. 2 January 2020. Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  96. ^ Wilson, Rinie (8 January 2020). "Crazy Marketing Strategy Of Rajnikanth's Darbar Is Catching Attention". marketingmind.in. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  97. ^ "Rajini's Darbar to release in 4,000 screens across India". The Hindu. 6 January 2020. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  98. ^ "Amazon Prime February 2020 releases: 'Darbar', 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood', 'Hunters' and more". The Hindu. 4 February 2020. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  99. ^ Aravind (18 December 2019). "OFFICIAL: POPULAR CHANNEL BAGS THE SATELLITE RIGHTS OF RAJINIKANTH'S DARBAR". Behindwoods. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  100. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (22 January 2020). "After 'Darbar' and 'Pattas', Kollywood is looking at festival films". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 July 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  101. ^ "'Darbar' director Murugadoss seeks police protection from distributors". The Week. 6 February 2020. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  102. ^ "Darbar". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 February 2024. Edit this at Wikidata
  103. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (9 January 2020). "Darbar movie review: Yet another ode to superstar Rajinikanth and a celebratory film for his fans". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  104. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (10 January 2020). "Darbar Movie Review: The Film Is Disappointing, Rajinikanth Isn't". NDTV. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  105. ^ Suganth, M (9 January 2020). "Darbar Movie Review : An engaging commercial cocktail of action and drama". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 October 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  106. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (10 January 2020). "Darbar movie review: An out-and-out Rajinikanth film". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 11 April 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  107. ^ S, Srivatsan (9 January 2020). "'Darbar' movie review: A charismatic Rajinikanth shoulders an okayish masala movie". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 February 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  108. ^ "Darbar review: Strictly for Rajini fans!". Sify. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 9 January 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  109. ^ Kumar, Karthik (9 January 2020). "Darbar movie review: Quintessential Rajinikanth movie with its highs and lows". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  110. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (9 January 2020). "Darbar Movie Review: AR Murugadoss and Rajinikanth unite for a barely okay action-drama". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 24 September 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  111. ^ K., Janani (9 January 2020). "Darbar Movie Review: Rajinikanth's film is by a Thalaivar fan for Thalaivar fans". India Today. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  112. ^ Rajendran, Sowmya (9 January 2020). "'Darbar' review: Rajinikanth is thoroughly entertaining in a stale cop film". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 19 June 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  113. ^ "Darbar Movie Review: Despite Shortcomings, Rajinikanth Makes it a Terrific Entertainer". News18. 10 January 2020. Archived from the original on 25 October 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  114. ^ "Rajinikanth's Darbar is AR Murugadoss' failure". The Indian Express. 14 January 2020. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  115. ^ "'Darbar' pre-release business: Rajinikanth starrer crosses 200 crore mark?". The Times of India. 7 January 2020. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  116. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (9 January 2020). "Rajinikanth's Darbar earns this amount before its theatrical release". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  117. ^ a b c "Darbar Box Office Collection Day 10: Rajinikanth's film earns over Rs 10 crore in the US". Business Today. 19 January 2020. Archived from the original on 20 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  118. ^ a b c d e f "Darbar Pre-release Business: Rajinikanth's film earns Rs. 220 cr even before release". Moviecrow. 7 January 2020. Archived from the original on 16 May 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  119. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash (28 January 2020). "After Vijay's Bigil, Amazon Prime acquires Rajinikanth's Darbar". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  120. ^ Johnson, David (27 January 2020). "Box office collection: Psycho displaces Rajinikanth's Darbar from top position in Chennai". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 28 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  121. ^ "Darbar enters Rs 200 crore club, third Rajinikanth film to achieve feat". Hindustan Times. 21 January 2020. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  122. ^ a b c "Darbar enters Rs 200 crore club, fifth Rajinikanth film to achieve feat". Hindustan Times. 21 January 2020. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  123. ^ "'Darbar' box office collection: Superstar Rajinikanth's starrer enters 200 crore club in 11 days". The Times of India. 22 January 2020. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  124. ^ "'Darbar' USA Box Office: Rajinikanth's film sets a new record on a working day". The Times of India. 9 January 2020. Archived from the original on 29 March 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  125. ^ "Darbar box office collection: Day 3". India Today. 12 January 2020. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  126. ^ a b c V, Narayanan (27 July 2021). "The superstar who is sprinting ahead in Tokyo". Business Line. Archived from the original on 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  127. ^ "Superstar Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' is a big hit in Japan!". Sify. 19 July 2021. Archived from the original on 19 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  128. ^ "#DarbarThiruvizhaJapan: Rajinikanth's cop drama sold out in Japan". The Times of India. 19 July 2021. Archived from the original on 11 November 2021. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  129. ^ "Controversial scenes to be removed from Rajini's Darbar". The Hindu. 10 January 2020. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  130. ^ Kumar, Karthik (21 January 2020). "Darbar enters Rs 200 crore club, fifth Rajinikanth film to achieve feat". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  131. ^ "Darbar: Distributors to ask Rajinikanth to compensate the losses incurred". India Today. 1 February 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  132. ^ "Darbar box-office: Film incurs heavy losses, distributors to go on hunger strike after request to meet Rajinikanth is turned down". Hindustan Times. 5 February 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  133. ^ Sivaraman, S. (23 January 2020). "'Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo' and 'Sarileru Neekevvaru': Big-budget planning masterclass". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  134. ^ "Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' is a washout in Hindi". Deccan Herald. 17 January 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  135. ^ "Darbar distributors incur heavy loss; set to meet Rajinikanth". Cinema Express. 30 January 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  136. ^ "'Darbar' Loss: Distributors to go on a hunger strike after Superstar Rajinikanth and AR Murugadoss refused to meet them". The Times of India. 5 February 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  137. ^ "Darbar distributors want Rajinikanth to compensate losses". The Indian Express. 1 February 2020. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  138. ^ Johnson, David (11 January 2020). "Rajinikanth's remuneration for Darbar: Here is how much superstar got for AR Murugadoss' film". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  139. ^ "Darbar loss: Distributors to go on hunger strike!". Sify. 4 February 2020. Archived from the original on 4 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  140. ^ "Murugadoss, Darbar distributors enter into a truce, HC closes cases". The Hindu. 18 February 2020. Archived from the original on 16 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  141. ^ Johnson, David (31 January 2020). "How much does Nayanthara burdens producers with her assistants' expenditures? Find it out in K Rajan's words". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  142. ^ "After Darbar failure, Rajinikanth's salary halved for next film with Sun Pictures". Hindustan Times. 10 February 2020. Archived from the original on 22 December 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  143. ^ Johnson, David (20 August 2020). "Vijay, AR Murugadoss take pay cut for Thalapathy 65: Here's how much actor and director get for this project". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  144. ^ "Did AR Murugadoss refuse to take a pay cut for 'Thalapathy 65'?". The Times of India. 29 October 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  145. ^ "AR Murugadoss walks out of Thalapathy-65?". Sify. 24 October 2020. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  146. ^ "'Thalapathy 65': Vijay teams up with Sun Pictures and director Nelson". The Hindu. 10 December 2020. Archived from the original on 2 February 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  147. ^ "Vijay's new Tamil film titled Beast, first-look poster unveiled on the eve of his birthday". Hindustan Times. 21 June 2021. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 14 February 2022.