Actor Prateik Babbar will be playing the villain in AR Murugadoss’ upcoming thriller Darbar, which stars superstar Rajinikanth.

“It is such a dream come true to have bagged this project in such little time. This year is looking very positive for me and Sanya (his wife) has been such a great influence on my life professionally and personally,” Prateik said in a statement.

He will shoot in Mumbai and Tamil Nadu.

“I can’t wait to commence shooting with Rajinikanth sir and Murugadoss sir this week and create some magic.”

After the 1992 Tamil film “Pandian”, Rajinikanth will be playing a police officer for the first time — after 27 years.

Produced by Lyca Productions, Darbar has Nayanthara playing the leading lady. This is the third time Nayanthara has been cast with the 68-year-old star. She had previously worked with Rajinikanth in Chandramukhi, and Kuselan, in which she had a small role.

Santosh Sivan will be behind the camera while music has been composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is likely to hit the screens in 2020, and will simultaneously release in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

Prateik Babbar was last seen in web series Four More Shots Please on Amazon Prime Video. Apart from Darbar, the Dhobi Ghat actor has a number of web series in his kitty that will be releasing this year, apart from Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore, Mahesh Manjrekar’s Power and Anubhav Sinha’s Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai.