Darbar Movie (2020) Cast & Crew, Release Date, Story, Review, Poster, Trailer, Budget, Collection


January 9, 2020
2hr 30min
Status: released

Trailer, Teaser & Videos

Where to Watch Darbar (Stream)

Amazon Prime Video

Darbar Movie Details:

Country India
Language Tamil
GenreAction, Thriller
Release date9 January 2020
Running time2hr 30min
Suniel Shetty
Nivetha Thomas
Directed by AR Murugadoss
Written byAR Murugadoss
Produced byAllirajah Subaskaran
Cinematography by Santosh Sivan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
Production CompanyLyca Productions
Distributor Reliance Entertainment

Darbar Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Rajinikanth as Aaditya Arunachalam IPS
  • Suniel Shetty as Hariharan “Hari” Chopra
  • Nayanthara as Lilly
  • Nivetha Thomas as Vallikkannu
  • Yogi Babu as Kaushik, Aaditya’s friend
  • Prateik Babbar as Ajay Chopra a.k.a. Ajay Malhotra
  • Nawab Shah as Vinod Malhotra/Vinod Prathap
  • Sriman as Lilly’s cousin
  • Dalip Tahil as Union Home Secretary
  • Yograj Singh as the head of the gangsters
  • Jatin Sarna as a gangster
  • Adithya Shivpink as Ajay’s proxy
  • Shamata Anchan as a police inspector
  • Raneesh Thyagarajan as a police inspector
  • Shreya Gupto as Minister’s daughter
  • Sanjay Raghavan as a police inspector
  • Soundariya Nanjundan as Lilly’s cousin
  • Manasvi Kottachi as Lilly’s niece
  • Rajesh Chintu as a police inspector
  • Anitha Sampath as a newsreader
  • Yusuf Hussain as Doctor
  • Sumit Giri as a police inspector
  • C. Ranganathan as Lilly’s father
  • Jeeva Subramanian as a dancer in the song “Kannula Thimiru”


Darbar marks Rajinikanth playing the role of a police officer after 27 years; his last police role was in Pandiyan (1992). It follows Aaditya Arunasalam (Rajinikanth), the commissioner of Mumbai Police, who 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.

Darbar Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹190–240 crore
Worldwide Collection₹202—250 crore

About Darbar Movie:

Darbar marks Rajinikanth playing the role of a police officer after 27 years; his last police role was in Pandiyan (1992).

Earlier known under the working title Thalaivar 167, the title Darbar was officially announced on 9 April 2019.

Principal photography commenced in April 2019, with film being primarily shot in Mumbai, and was completed in October 2019.

On 7 November 2019, Rajinikanth started dubbing for the film in Chennai, and completed within two days.

The motion poster of the film was released on 7 November 2019. Kamal Haasan, Salman Khan, Mohanlal and Mahesh Babu, released the film’s posters.

The film’s trailer was released at a launch event in held in Mumbai on 16 December, with Rajinikanth, Suniel Shetty and Murugadoss being present.

The filmmakers spent ₹7–80 million to promote the film. The marketing investment for this film is one of the highest in Tamil cinema”.

On the announcement of the first look release, the makers also planned to schedule the release, coinciding with the Pongal festival. The film was scheduled to release on 11 January 2020. But in November 2019, the makers announced a new release date of 9 January 2020, to get the benefits of the extended holiday weekend, as Pongal falls on 15 January 2020. The film opened in 7,000 screens worldwide, with 4,000 screens across India.

On 7 January 2020, the High Court restrained the film’s release in Malaysia after its producer failed to pay ₹23 crore deficit to its distributor. However, later revoked the claims, after Lyca Productions, had shown a bank guarantee of ₹4.9 crores.

The film was made available to stream on OTT platform Amazon Prime on 24 February 2020. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.

The film grossed ₹202—250 crore at the box office, making it one of Rajinikanth’s highest-grossing films and the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2020. However, it was considered a poor performer, which caused distributors to threaten hunger strikes, demanding that Rajinikanth recoup their losses.

To make the film’s promotion more unique, the makers wrapped a SpiceJet airline with Darbar Rajini livery on its flights. The outside branding on the aircraft bearing an image of Rajinikanth in a police uniform from the movie Darbar was displayed. This is the second time, a passenger jet had been wrapped for advertising an Indian film, after AirAsia India for Kabali (2016).