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 Lyca Productions. The film stars Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Nivetha Thomas and Suniel Shetty. The music was composed by Anirudh Ravichander while cinematography and editing are performed by Santosh Sivan and A. Sreekar Prasad, respectively. It marks Rajinikanth playing the role of a police officer in the film after 27 years, whose last police role being featured in Pandiyan (1992).It follows Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth) the commissioner of Mumbai Police, sets out to curb rampant drug-trafficking and prostitution in the city. However, when he uncovers a deeper controversy linked to an international drug lord, he tries to fulfill his secret agenda. Earlier known under the working title Thalaivar 167, the film's title Darbar was officially announced on 9 April 2019. Principal photography of the film commenced in April 2019, with film being primarily shot in Mumbai, and was completed in October 2019. The film was released theatrically in India on 9 January 2020, coinciding with Thai Pongal. It met with mixed reviews upon release, and although the film grossed ₹250 crore at the worldwide box office, making it one of Rajinikanth's highest-grossing films it was considered a poor performer, which caused distributors to threaten hunger strikes, demanding that Rajinikanth recoup their losses.
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