Both critics and fans across India are eagerly looking to see Rajinikanth in his old charm on screen. AR Murgadoss will bring back this magical Rajinikanth again on screen through Darbar. After over 20 years, Rajinikanth will once again be donning the uniform of a cop. Rajini plays Aaditya Arunasalam, the commissioner of Mumbai Police in the film. Rajinikanth promises to entertain as the ‘bad cop’ with a good heart.
“Darbar is not a political movie. I did not pen the story keeping in mind Rajini Sir's political entry,” says Murugadoss. The film revolves around Mumbai Assistant Commissioner of Police, Aditya Arunasalam. He is a straightforward cop. How he locks horns with the antagonist, essayed by Suniel Shetty, and emerges triumphant, forms the crux of the plot. The antagonist's character has been inspired by a real person.
Why did Murgadoss decide to don Rajinikanth with Khakhi? “I did an analysis of the characters Rajini Sir has done so far. And I thought, why not a policeman's role. It's since several years Rajini Sir has donned khaki. There are some beliefs in the Tamil cinema world that if a hero sports an army uniform, if there's a huge harbour scene with the hero or a film is shot fully in Mumbai, those films won't run. I wanted to break those myths. Darbar has been shot entirely in Mumbai,” reveals Murugadoss.
There are no political overtones in Darbar, Rajini Sir’s inimitable punch dialogues are there in the film. Also, it touches upon topical societal issues including the safety of women.
Darbar, starring Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas, Yogi Babu and Prateik Babbar among others, has been bankrolled by Lyca Productions. The AR Murugadoss directorial will release in January. The film will hit theatres on January 9.