On the first listening itself, “Dhummu Dhooli” is a winner for the fans. The Tamil version, especially, will be a treat for everyone. At least one can envision such a possibility. However, the same might not be the case with the Telugu audio. It is a repeat of Petta, in away. The tune there was catchy, but the lyrics were let down. With Darbar, it is the opposite, the ‘lyrics’ are likely to find favor, but the music gives a Deja Vu feeling.
The lyrics and spirited rendering by SP Balasubrahmaium will instantly find appreciation among hardcore mass fans of Superstar Rajinikanth. They are typical ‘hero-praising’ one but contain a lot of fun quotient. The music lacks freshness and feels like a rehash.
It means the Darbar musical take-off is at the Petta level. It signals bad news for the Telugu version, but that is where the combination factor comes into play. The only significant difference between Petta and Darbar is the director AR Murugadoss, who has a presence and brand value among the Telugu audience. When such a name is attached to Superstar Rajinikanth, the expectations are different, and much higher compared to a Petta.
Darbar stars Nayanthara in the female lead. The Lyca Productions will hit screens worldwide for Sankranthi 2020, in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.