‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s latest blockbuster enters the ₹2 crore ‘Darbar’ on day one— as fans in Chennai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur flock to the theatres
- Darbar featuring
Rajinikanthand Nayanthara has crossed ₹2 crore mark in Chennai.
- It is also off to a good start in several foreign countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.
- The movie is already a winner since it earned as much as ₹220 crore by selling rights.
GLORIOUS OPENING for #Darbar in Chennai city - Day1 gross is a phenomenal 2.27 CR It's a record second 2 CR+ ci… https://t.co/SdajFBVSN7— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) 1578594568000
#Darbar takes a Massive Opening in Hyd RTC X Roads.. Day 1 Gross: ₹ 12.05 Lakhs..— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) 1578621867000
Long before release, Darbar has been the twitter trend. The movie is already a winner since it earned as much as ₹220 crore by selling rights. And, it could bring in viewers en masse since it’s the only movie released during Pongal, the biggest festival in South India.
The film, directed by AR Murugadoss, sees Rajinikanth play a cop named Aaditya Arunasalam, who has no rules or mercy. Like most of the heroes in Murugadoss's films, Aaditya Arunasalam has to break the law to ensure justice is served. When he is sent to Mumbai on a special operation to handle the city's drug menace, he goes on a murderous rampage. He gets labelled 'a murderer' and 'a cop with no ethics' by the papers. As part of the operation, Aaditya crosses paths with dreaded gangster Hari Chopra (Suniel Shetty) and the ensuing face-off between them forms the crux of the story.
Among the other stars are Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas, Prateik Babbar and Nawab Shah.
It is also off to a good start in several foreign countries including Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. It is the number one debut in Singapore followed by 1917, Ip Man 4: The Finale and Ashfall. The film has earned $615 in the USA as well, according to trade analyst Ramesh Bala.
#Darbar debuts at No.1 in #Singapore https://t.co/XkcwD5NUCE— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) 1578621671000
Twitter was flooded with positive reviews soon after the film was released. At some theatres in South India, people were seen showering flowers and coins to celebrate the movie.
Crackers, drums, flowers. These moments make the experience of cinema special for me. An ode to the good old Rajini… https://t.co/PIHlgxqp6e— Arjun Narayanan (@madraswallah) 1578540079000
However, film critics are not very pleased with the movie. They believe the movie is strictly for Rajinikanth’s fans and delivers nothing new.
“Despite A.R. Murugadoss offering very little substance for him to work with, the superstar just about manages to carry this film on his aging shoulders” wrote Srivatsan S from The Hindu.