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|Directed by||AR Murugadoss|
|Produced by||Allirajah Subaskaran|
|Screenplay by||AR Murugadoss|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||Lyca Productions|
|Box office||est. ₹150 crore|
Darbar (transl. Court) is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner of Lyca Productions. The film stars Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Nivetha Thomas, and Sunil Shetty. The music for the film composed by Anirudh Ravichander while cinematography and editing are performed by Santhosh Sivan and Sreekar Prasad, respectively. The film was released in India on 9 January 2020, coinciding with Thai Pongal.
The film opens with Aadithya Arunachalam IPS on a hell bent rampage on eradicating gangsters in Mumbai. The next day he is questioned by the human rights officers about his violent attitude towards eradicating crime in Mumbai, for which he refuses & slaps the advocate of the human rights officer and forces the officer to alter the report at gunpoint. The officer who knows Aadithya Arunachalam, later narrates his past. Aadithya Arunachalam is revealed to be living with his daughter Valli since the demise of his wife when Valli was just two years old. Aadithya Arunachalam arrives with his daughter Valli and his sidekick Kaushik to Mumbai to take post as Commissioner of Police. Aadithya Arunachalam comes to know about the drug menace that is threatening youngsters in Mumbai. He gets to know that the daughter of the Chief Secretary is kidnapped by the drug dealers. He rescues the Chief Secretary's daughter but reveals that he is still searching for his daughter, while utilising this situation to apprehend drug dealers and woman traffickers. During the mission, he comes to know that some minor girls are kidnapped and gavaged drugs by Ajay Malhotra, the son of industrialist Vinod Malhotra. He rescues the girls and apprehends Ajay Malhotra. Aadithya Arunachalam meets Lily, as part of a marital request by Valli and love blossoms between them. Meanwhile, when Arunachalam goes to prison to meet Ajay Malhotra, he is shocked to see that Ajay has escaped and a proxy is in prison using his identity. Aadithya Arunachalam comes to know that Ajay is in Thailand and requests the Thailand government for deportation of Ajay back to India. Aadithya Arunachalam succeeds in bringing Ajay back to India and fakes Ajay's death by shooting his proxy in prison before requesting the Thailand government. But in a series of event it is later revealed that Ajay is killed after deporting him back to India. At Ajay's funeral Vinod Malhotra reveals that Ajay is not his child. Ajay is the real son of Hari Chopra, a notorious International drug lord.
Hari Chopra comes to know of his son's death. Hari Chopra enters India illegally by infiltrating the Bangladesh–India border in Assam and kills Vinod Malhotra for not taking proper care of his son. He plots to kill Aadithya Arunachalam by ramming a tow truck which injures him and his daughter Valli. The doctor who treats Adithya Arunachalam reveals to Valli that he is safe, however he tells her that she has only two hours to live because she had sustained a serious head injury from the accident. The next day when Aadithya Arunachalam gains consciousness he comes to know about his daughter's death. Aadithya Arunachalam becomes mentally disturbed because of his daughter's demise. Aadithya Arunachalam goes to kill Vinod Malhotra to avenge his daughter, but learns that he is not alive. Frustrated about the incident he goes on a rampage to kill drug dealers and gangsters of the Mumbai underworld. As a result of his wild nature he is suspended and transferred from Mumbai. Later, he comes to know about Valli's death when he views a video clip of Valli's confessions in her phone. In that video clip Valli reveals that Vinod Malhotra's life is in danger and the killer who took her life is actually the one who killed Vinod Malhotra. This prompts Adithya Arunachalam to look more into his daughter's death and rejoin the Mumbai police.
Finally, Aadithya Arunachalam comes to know about that Hariharan "Hari" Chopra & his link to Vinod Malhotra & Ajay Malhotra. Aadithya Arunachalam manages to kill Hariharan Chopra in the same police station which was set ablaze by him 27 years ago that killed many police officers, thus avenging his daughter's death and instilling peace in Mumbai.
- Rajinikanth as Aadhithya Arunachalam
- Nayanthara as Lily
- Nivetha Thomas as Vallikkannu "Valli" (daughter of Aadhithya)
- Suniel Shetty as Hariharan "Hari" Chopra (voiced dubbed by Adithya)
- Yogi Babu as Kaushik
- Prateik Babbar as Ajay Chopra (Ajay Malhotra)
- Nawab Shah as Vinod Malhotra
- Sriman as Lily's cousin
- Dalip Tahil as Chief Secretary
- Jatin Sarna as a gangster
- Shamata Anchan as a police inspector
- Raneesh Thyagarajan as a police inspector
- Sanjay Raghavan as a police inspector
- Manasvi as Lily's niece
- Raajesh Chintu
|"Every one of us grew up with Rajini garu and even professionally, he just has a different vibe. Whenever you see Rajini on-screen doesn’t it remind you of your childhood? I made this movie and wrote the script as a fan, how I enjoyed him on-screen. I didn’t put the same sequences but with an updated concept. He plays a heroic cop from Mumbai. We even have a similar sequence in the film like the one that took place in the recent Hyderabad vet rape case. I had written a similar sequence in the film where the criminal is punished in the same place he committed the crime. We were surprised to see something like that happen in reality."|
|— AR Murugadoss about Darbar and Rajinikanth to Times of India|
Production of the film began with the working title Thalaivar 167. Lyca Productions announced that they would collaborate with Rajinikanth again after their previous collaboration 2.0 with A. R. Murugadoss directing the film. Principal photography began on 10 April 2019 in Mumbai. Filming began on 8th April 2019, with a first look poster released by Lyca Productions on Twitter and Facebook the same day. The first look of Rajinikanth had him surrounded by police dogs, belts, badges and handcuffs.
It was earlier reported that Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar was the main antagonist in Darbar. However, later reports showed that Sunil Shetty was cast as the lead antagonist. Sunil Shetty agreed to play the antagonist despite decling previous offers to play the antagonist in other Tamil films. Murgadoss approached Shetty while he was filming for Marakkar for which Shetty grew his hair long. Murgadoss wanted to do something special with Shetty's long hair. Shetty showed Murgadoss the look of his man bun, which was ultimately used for the film. Shetty returns to Tamil cinema after his debut film, 12B. In a 2019 interview, Shetty revealed how Darbar is his first "meaty" role in Tamil cinema.
The director further wrote that this action thriller is Rajinikanth's 167th film. Rajinikanth has taken up the role of a cop after almost 27 years, his last police role being the 1992 film Pandiyan.. A.R. Murugadoss also stressed on the fact that Darbar is not a political film, "Darbar is a thrilling commercial mass entertainer. I repeat it's not a political film. It is a film about a tough cop like Alex Pandiyan," added the director.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||27 November 2019 (single) |
7 December 2019 (full album)
|Studio||Albuquerque Records, Chennai |
New Edge Studios, Mumbai
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Language||Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam|
|Anirudh Ravichander chronology|
|Singles from Darbar|
The film's soundtrack and score was composed by Anirudh Ravichander, marking his second collaboration with actor Rajinikanth after Petta and also with director A. R. Murugadoss after Kaththi. An instrumental theme song for the film titled "Thalaivar Theme", that accompanies with the motion poster was released on 7 November 2019, the same day that the motion poster was released.
The film's album was launched on 7 December 2019 at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai. The full album was simultaneously made available to stream via Gaana's online music streaming platform, on the same day itself.
|2.||"Chumma Kizhi"||Vivek||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Anirudh Ravichander, Rajinikanth (voice-over)||3:51|
|3.||"Thani Vazhi"||Yogi B, Senthuzhan, Syan||Anirudh Ravichander, Shakthisree Gopalan, Yogi B (rap portion)||3:27|
|4.||"Dumm Dumm"||Vivek||Nakash Aziz||4:33|
|5.||"Tharam Maara Single"||Vivek||Anirudh Ravichander, Arjun Chandy||3:49|
|7.||"Kannula Thimiru"||Chandramukhi, Rachana, Priya Murthi||3:15|
|2.||"Dhummu Dholi"||Anantha Sriram||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rajinikanth (voice-over)||3:51|
|3.||"Pratyeka Margam"||Rakendu Mouli, Yogi B||Anirudh Ravichander, Yogi B (Rap Version), M. M. Manasi||3:27|
|4.||"Dumm Dumm"||Anantha Sriram||Anurag Kulkarni||4:33|
|5.||"Nanytalo Marpu Single"||Anantha Sriram||Nakul Abhyankar, Anirudh Ravichander||3:49|
|2.||"Napde Killi"||Raqueeb Alam||Nakash Aziz||3:49|
|3.||"Aane Wali"||Raqueeb Alam||Amit Mishra, Yogi B (Rap Version), Antara Mitra||3:27|
|4.||"Dumm Dumm"||Raqueeb Alam||Nakash Aziz||4:33|
|5.||"Dil Toh Cute Hai"||Raqueeb Alam||Armaan Malik||3:49|
|2.||"Kaliyakunnu"||Rafeeq Ahamed||Vijay Yesudas, Rajinikanth (voice-over)||3:49|
|3.||"Pratyeka Valli"||Rafeeq Ahamed||Unni Menon, Yogi B (Rap Version), Shashaa Tirupati||3:27|
|4.||"Dumm Dumm"||Rafeeq Ahamed||M. G. Sreekumar||4:33|
|5.||"Gunanilavarattilekk Maruka Single"||Rafeeq Ahamed||Vijay Prakash, Shankar Mahadevan||3:49|
The first look poster, announcing the film's title was released on 9 April 2019, through the official Twitter handle of the production house. The poster was decked up with police instruments and equipment, with the punchline, "You decide whether you want me to be good, bad or worse." The poster was decked up with police instruments and equipment. The second look posters starring Superstar Rajinikanth with two different shades were released by the director AR Murugadoss by his official twitter handle for the fans art. Another poster was released as a Diwali special on 26 October 2019. Rajinikanth's character was revealed to be Aaditya Arunachalam, which is a combination of Murugadoss's son and father's respective names.
The motion poster along with the theme music, was released on 7 November 2019, by Kamal Hassan, Mahesh Babu, Mohanlal and Salman Khan in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi respectively. The first look of Sunil Shetty with salt and pepper hair tied back into a man bun was released in December of 2019.
Speaking to The Hindu, R. Kannan, COO, 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". Mr. Kannan said that around 15 brands such as SpiceJet, Cadbury’s, BookMyShow and Airtel have tied up with the film. "We are spending ₹7-8 crore to promote the film. The marketing investment for this film is one of the highest in Tamil cinema,” he said, adding that the trade is expecting a super hit. The movie promotion began when SpiceJet airlines unveiled Darbar Rajini livery on its flights. The outside branding on the aircraft bearing an image of Rajinikanth in police uniform from the movie Darbar was displayed. A few years ago, producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu, managed to get the decals of Rajinikanth printed on an Air Asia flight. Now, Rajinikanth has become the only Indian actor to get two aircraft with his pictures on it.
This article contains too many or overly lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. (January 2020)
Behindwoods wrote "Rajini's Darbar has the substance perfectly laced with Superstar's style and mass". Firstpost wrote "Yet another ode to superstar Rajinikanth and a celebratory film for his fans". NDTV wrote "Darbar is targeted fair and square at Rajinikanth fans, but it does nothing to give masala cinema a fresh shot of energy".
Neeshita Nyayapati from Times of India wrote "Rajinikanth and Nivetha Thomas let it rip in this one and Murugadoss makes the best use of it." A Mumbai-based critic from mid-day.com noted "Darbar disposes notions of subtlety to present a film that celebrates the loud and the kitschy".
Darbar has two scenes where characters speak of prison inmates being allowed to go out and shop. The dialogues are not mouthed by Rajinikanth in either scene, though the actor is present in the shot in the movie. Lyca Productions announced that it will be removing controversial dialogues in the film, deemed to be a reference to V. K. Sasikala, the jailed aide of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Lyca Productions released a statement on Twitter that read: “In Darbar, particular words and dialogues having references to prisoners or inmates going out of jail or prison during their imprisonment was only included with an intention of providing entertainment to the audience and not intended to refer to any specific individual or to offend anyone. However, since some of those words seemed to have hurt some people, we have hereby decided to remove the same from the film." Talking about the same, Sam Daniel from NDTV wrote, "Fans watching superstar Rajinikanth's Darbar will miss his dialogues on irregularities inside prisons which many felt were a tacit dig at jailed Sasikala Natarajan, close friend of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa".
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