Superstar Rajnikanth had last appeared on screen in the karthik Subbaraj directorial petta and had recently was seen in his 167th movie darbar helmed by AR murugadoss and this movie is bankrolled by lyca productions which had earlier collaborated with Rajnikanth in 2.0.
Darbar which had been canned predominantly in mumbai has Superstar playing a cop two decades after the disastrous Pandian and the movie co-stars Lady Superstar Nayanthara, nivetha thomas and antagonists prateik babbar, suniel shetty and comedian Yogi Babu and has music scored by Anirudh.
The movie got released on pongal and has been criticized heavily and it ended as a failure at the Box-Office. In this case, nivetha thomas opened about the movie and she said, "I am not sure about the Box-Office prospects, but working in 'Darbar' with Rajini sir gave me a whole lot of experience which I would learn in 10+ movies. I never mind about critics or movie buffs. When the audience enjoys a movie, why should we bother about others? I am totally focused on my next set of movies. I wanted to try various genres and new storylines."