The large flock of Indian cinema-phenomenon ‘Thalaivar’ Rajinikanth’s die-hard fans at the trailer launch of his mega-movie ‘Darbar’ cheered with frenzied excitement. They were all watching their screen-idol in high-octane action and delivering his infectious dialogue with his stylish swag ‘I am a b-a-a-d cop’ at the end of the trailer.

Also making their presence felt at the event emceed by RJ Archana Pania, were his ‘Darbar’ movie co-stars macho Suniel Shetty (as the main antagonist), suave Prateik Babbar (Shetty’s screen-son) and brilliant director A R Murugadoss (of ‘Ghajini’ fame). 

The revered yet modest sensational superstar  who had specially flown to Mumbai, to launch the trailer of his next film "Darbar", was asked to identify a movie genre, which he would still like to explore. "Actually I've explored it all ! It has been 45 years with over 160 films... So everything has been covered," the bearded actor smiled. As an after-thought the veteran said, "Playing a transgender on screen." 

It may be recalled that acclaimed Southside star-actor Vijay Sethupathi featured as a ‘transgender’ in the widely acclaimed hit Tamil thriller, "Super Deluxe" earlier this year. Bollywood superstar  Akshay Kumar will also be seen as a transgender in the upcoming "Laxmmi Bomb". Asked if he has been offered the role of a transgender, the 69-year-old ‘ ‘Petta’ movie actor Rajini-sir said, nothing on those lines had come his way, so far. 

Supported on-screen by charming South Indian actresses Nayanthara and Nivetha Thomas,  the trilingual movie "Darbar" which will release in mid-January during the Makar Sankranti and Pongal festivities features Rajinikanth as a cop after 25 years.!  Incidentally, Rajini-Sir has also played the role of a daring cop in Bollywood movies like ‘Giraftaar’ (1985), John Jani Janardhan (1984) and of course Pandian-Tamil (1992).  When asked what took him s-o-o long to play a cop again on screen, Rajinikanth said, "I prefer doing easy-going, entertaining characters. A cop is a duty-bound serious character, chasing criminals. So I used to avoid such roles. But director Murugadoss came with a fantastic different subject. This is an extraordinary top-cop police commissioner’s character,” justified Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (that’s Rajinikanth’s real name).

Co-actor Suniel Shetty seemed overawed by Rajini-Sir’s charismatic aura. “When the humble, simple, superhuman being arrived on the sets it is as if a Zen-space Saint has walked in. With his make-up, get-up and when he faces the camera, he transforms into that legendary Superstar”    

The film ‘Darbar’ is backed by Lyca Productions, the same banner which also backed  Rajinikanth's science-fiction and action mega-flick "2.0".