The trailer for Rajinikanth's Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss, was released on Monday. The film stars Nayanthara as the female lead and has Rajinikanth playing a police officer after 25 years.
The trailer begins with Rajinikanth's character Aadithya Arunachalam, Commissioner of Mumbai, beating up some people and telling his officers, "Police is not a job, we live to protect, we die to serve". However, he's also referred to as a killer, suggesting that the supercop will have grey shades to his character. The trailer shows us glimpses from the 'Chumma Kizhi' song and also scenes between Rajinikanth and Nayanthara.
Suneil Shetty, the villain, appears to be a gangster who tries to threaten Aadithya. There's a hat-tip to Rajinikanth's love for playing the villain too and he ends the trailer by saying 'I'm a baaaad cop!'.
Previously, the lyric video for 'Chumma Kizhi' was released online and featured Rajini at the studio, enjoying the number being sung and saying 'Chumma kizhi' in his trademark style. The song has been sung by SPB, who has given several hit numbers in Rajinikanth films, particularly the introductory songs.
The film has music by Anirudh, who also composed for Rajini's previous film Petta. Darbar was in the news recently after it was revealed at the audio launch that three trans women from the Hyderabad band Spicy Girls had sung for the film for a sequence involving members from the community.
Darbar, which has been produced by Lyca Productions, marks the first time collaboration between Murugadoss and Rajinikanth. The film is expected to release for Pongal 2020. Rajinikanth's next is with director Siva, who has directed Ajith in his last three films. In fact, Siva's last film Viswasam clashed with Rajinikanth's Petta for Pongal last year.
Nayanthara has previously worked with Rajinikanth in Chandramkukhi and Kuselan. Her last release was Bigil, in which she starred with Vijay. Interestingly, Murugadoss directed Nayanthara earlier in Ghajini, and the actor revealed in a radio interview that she regretted doing the film because she wasn't happy with how her role turned out.