As part of the operation, Aaditya crosses paths with dreaded gangster Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty) and the face-off between them forms the crux of the story. Darbar has its moments, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It alters between a masala and mass movie, but if not for Rajinikanth, it would have been underwhelming.
'Darbar' plays to the gallery and manages to entertain in the first half. However, it derails post interval and almost gets unbearable towards the climax. While Rajinikanth is in his element, the film does not give much importance to any of its supporting characters.
Nivetha Thomas, who plays Rajinikanth’s daughter, does a solid job. Nayanthara is a showpiece and has pretty much nothing to do. Suniel Shetty, as the protagonist, lacks colour and a villainous personality.