Thalaivar DARBAR decoded - A. R. Murugadoss shows his brilliance
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 05:16 PM
A film that has set the entire town talking already, Lyca Productions' DARBAR will see ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth and Nayanthara in lead roles under A. R. Murugadoss’s direction with music by Anirudh Ravichander and will roll into production from tomorrow (April 10) at Mumbai.
The film’s first look officially released today has now shown director A. R. Murugadoss' prowess at perhaps his best till date as this Darbar poster and his vision has been fulfilled to its best and fullest extent by poster designer Vinci Raj. We here at Galatta have now decoded the poster and is as follows:
‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s role in Darbar has already been revealed in this poster and he will be seen as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
The monument seen atop Rajinikanth’s image in the Darbar poster is the Gateway of India, which was built in Mumbai during the 20th century and was erected in 1911 to honor the arrival of the then King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, George V and his wife, Mary of Teck, Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress of India at the Wellington Pier (formerly known as the Apollo Bunder).
What’s more, the Gateway of India placed above Rajinikanth’s head in the Darbar poster resembles a crown and symbolizes him as the ‘KING OF MUMBAI’.
The police cap shown in the Darbar poster is reminiscent to the one that is usually given to IPS officers in Maharashtra and based on this we can deduce that Rajinikanth is a senior cop in Mumbai.
A part of the handcuff has been designed to look like the number "3", which could also likely symbolize three different phases of Rajinikanth's character. Although a far stretch, it could also hint that ‘Thalaivar’ might even be seen playing a triple role in the film.
As there are more than 10 ranks in the Indian Police Services, an IPS badge has been displayed in the Darbar poster and it looks like Rajinikanth will be appearing as either the Commissioner of Police (CP) or the Director General of Police (DGP).
The police dog in the poster resembles a German Shepherd and is the breed that law enforcement bodies usually employ as a detection dog or sniffer dog in tracking down criminals.
In addition, the handcuff when taken into account wholly is akin to the number "30" and could likely be a date when an important event takes place in the film.
There is a blueprint of the Mumbai city map to the left side of Rajinikanth in the Darbar poster and the skyline of the biggest city in the country is shown below the police car towards the right hand side where there is a caution tape signifying the criminal gangster underworld.
Furthermore, the collar of the leash on the German Shepherd dog has the text “POLICIE” and is mostly used on sniffer dogs from the Police of the Czech Republic, which is the national law enforcement agency of the Czech Republic.
Besides, the Mumbai city map blueprint in the poster shows an outline of the Queen's Necklace location popularly known to all as Marine Drive.
The tagline in the Darbar poster - “You decide whether you want me to be good, bad or worse” - is yet another hint to Rajinikanth’s character as he might be playing a role with negative shades.
There are two guns in the Darbar poster that look similar to a long range sniper firearm machine gun bearing resemblance to the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova) with a sniper scope.
There are also bloodstains on the Mumbai city blueprint map indicating a violent incident taking place in the specific location in Darbar.
The coolers worn by Rajinikanth in the Darbar poster are vintage steampunk double lens flip-up sunglasses.
There are a total of 4 bullets among which two are mounted on each machine gun rifle while the other two placed above Rajinikanth’s head symbolize two horns (Devil’s Horns) and yet again teases negative shades of ‘Superstar’ in the film.
There are also two belts on the Darbar poster with the first one shown in full length starting with the police buckle and ending with a shoe above Rajinikanth’s head. The other one is seen placed near the neck of ‘Thalaivar’ and mashes along with the first police belt.
Upon close inspection using ultra zoom, it is shown that Rajinikanth is also wearing a specific type of Rudraksha prayer bead thus symbolizing his charater is pious and has a belief in God.