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Darbar first look: Rajinikanth to don the cop’s uniform after 25 years



If you are a fan of Rajinikanth, is there a better way to start your day than waking up to the announcement of the Superstar’s new film? Of course not. The first look poster of Rajinikanth’s new film, which has been titled Darbar, was released on Tuesday morning.

Darbar is Rajinikanth’s maiden collaboration with ace filmmaker AR Murugadoss and it is being bankrolled by Lyca Productions. Our first impression of the film is that it is going to be a lot of fun. The poster suggests that Rajinikanth plays a cop, who is mischievous, sly and of course, stylish. The poster features the headshot of a happy Rajinikanth in the backdrop of all things police. We see an IPS badge, police belt and cap, rifles and bullets, a furious dog with a collar belt that says police, handcuffs, and the yellow tape that is used to keep curious onlookers away from a crime scene. And all these are set against the backdrop of Gateway of India, which means the story will unfold in Mumbai.

Rajinikanth will don the police officer’s uniform after more than 25 years. His last cop role was Pandian, which came out in 1992. And his powerful performance as Alex Pandian from Moondru Mugam (1982) remains a favourite cop character.

Darbar, which refers to a king’s court, is the 167th film in Rajinikanth’s career and it will hit screens next year during Pongal. While the filmmakers confirmed that Nayanthara has been roped in to play the female lead, they are yet to reveal details of the remaining cast. The crew, so far, consists of cinematographer Santosh Sivan, music director Anirudh Ravichander and editor Sreekar Prasad. It is Anirudh’s second Rajinikanth film after Petta.

After announcing his intentions to join active politics at the end of 2017, Rajinikanth went on a signing spree. He had three releases – Kaala, 2.0, Petta – in less than a year, which was a departure from his practice of doing just one film a year.

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