It was early Pongal for Rajinikanth fans across Tamil Nadu as the superstar's 200 crore rupee film Darbar released on 7000 screens around the world at 4 AM in many theatres. Their hero donning the role of a policeman after two decades, as Mumbai police Commissioner in Darbar was extra special. Karthy, a young fan who made it to the first day first show said, "It's an extraordinary performance by Rajinikanth. Music is awesome we enjoyed the film, three hours of pucca entertainer." Chandru, a software professional said, "Obviously a very different role for Rajinikanth after a long time. It's designed for him." Another youngster Arun said, "I loved the Chumma Kizhi, which serves as a punch dialogue which opts for the current situation in all the ways."