In a nutshell, director AR Muguadoss has placed a huge burden on 69-year-old Rajinikanth’s feeble shoulders to carry the movie. “Darbar” ends as a half-backed commercial potboiler.
TIMES OF INDIA (Rating: 3/5)
Rajinikanth and Nivetha Thomas let it rip in this one and Murugadoss makes the best use of it despite the predictable story that goes from light-hearted to heavy. Go watch Darbar if you’re a fan of either of the actors, just don’t go in expecting Rajinikanth the actor, you will not be disappointed.
MIRCHI9 (Rating: 2.5/5)
Overall, the screenplay and weak plot kill the enthusiasm built on the strength of the decent first half. What we are left with is a part-engaging, part-frustrating watch.
On the whole, Darbar is a serious cop drama which has some engaging moments going it’s way in the first half. But things get bogged down in the last twenty minutes making the film a bit dull. Rajini’s fans will love their star hero as he is superb. As the other biggies are also releasing, we need to see how this film will cope up the heavy competition. Apart from that, this film ends up as a decent watch this week.