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Gabbar Singh Review

Gabbar Singh
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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
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Gabbar Singh and Dabangg have a lot in common.

For instance, both movies set out to resurrect the sagging careers of former superstars.

But calling Gabbar Singh a remake of Dabangg is as unfair to the former as it is to the latter, a film that nicely merged art and commerce, packaging old wine in a new bottle so chic you gained new respect for the wine. Gabbar Singh is basically an adaptation of Dabangg to the Telugu market, which means that it is a film made the only way our filmmakers know how to - rather want to - make one.

One thing Gabbar Singh proves is that it is indeed possible to further Telug-fy Dabangg, a film that itself had the kind of plot that south-Indian audiences love to love, by giving it more straight lines than curves, and more blacks-and-whites than greys.

The theme remains that of a rowdy Robinhood-esque cop with an enemy in the form of a local goon with political ambitions. But gone are the subtleties in the writing (things are spelt out, and rarely conveyed through visual cues), and an actual plot, as also the layers in the relationships the hero originally had - with his mother, his step-dad, his brother. G Singh feels very few emotions, but everything here is about G Singh. Or, in this case, Pawan Kalyan. Indeed, Gabbar Singh has more Pawan Kalyan than Dabangg had Salman, but this isn't surprising at all.

Elements from the original are all here - mother (Suhasini), villain (Abhimanyu Singh), step-father (Nagineedu), brother (Ajay), heroine (Shruti Haasan), heroine's alcoholic father (Kota Srinivasa Rao) etc. - but tweaked to alarming simplicity, evidently the result of the makers having realized the Truth: that dishum-dishums, comedy and "powerful" dialogues are the path of least resistance in this land. As is a healthy dose of the leading man. And some megalomania (which is okay - none of us has anything against references to megastar elder brothers and other family members, as long as they are not an end in themselves).

The movie's agenda is to entertain quickly, making the most use of its existing set of elements at any given moment, like in a furious game of Tetris. While this suspiciously makes it look as much of a rush job as a designer whipping together a template just 3 minutes away from his deadline, the film works. The humour is clean, and is helped by Ali, who has much more airtime than Brahmanandam.

The action-comedy genre works well for Pawan Kalyan, who is all over the place here. Umpteen dialogues glorifying his erstwhile star status tell you that his charisma hasn't faded, and you want to believe them all, and also enjoy that tongue-in-cheek line in which he cynically calls popularity a "passing cloud".

The only problem is that the hero fails to emotionally connect with the audience. But this is a character all our leading men have played at some point in their lives, and Pawan Kalyan has no problems fitting into the khaki chokka.

Shruti Haasan, we must say, hardly looks the part, since she is too urbane-looking. Look, a langa-voni does not a Telugu village girl make, and it's a wonder none of our directors realizes this.

Most other performances are brilliant, thanks to the roles having been written right. Tanikella, Kota, Jayaprakash Reddy (who only has a cameo, but a wonderfully hilarious one), Nagineedu and Suhasini (whose mother-role is an irony, given that she romanced Pawan Kalyan's brother once upon a time) are great to watch. Abhimanyu Singh is good at being menacing, but the lip sync kills it. Ajay has a limited role, as does Happy Days' Gayatri Rao as an oversexed village belle (what the hell was that, anyway?) and Harshavardhan is around for less than 20 seconds.

Devi Sri Prasad uses his formula - one Baba Sehgal number for the hero's introduction, a couple of foreign locale songs, a mass number (his soft romantic numbers are getting scarce, though). It's all good, and Kevvu Keka is quite a scorcher. Devi Sri Prasad also tries Dabangg's Hollywood-Western-style guitar strums in places, but the attempts keep fading out, and the background score is quite indistinguishable from that of any other Telugu film.

The colour palette is quite slick, but it's obvious that mostly set-pieces were used to recreate the rural market background. In any case, Gabbar Singh is well-shot. The violence and action are run-of-the-mill sequences.

In all, Gabbar Singh doesn't go horribly wrong, and for the summer, it's a decent one-time watch.
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  • Cast
    Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Abhimanyu Singh, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Ajay, Kota Srinivasan Rao, Bramanandam, Nagineedu, Rao Ramesh, Satyam Rajesh, Tanikella Bharani, Malaika Arora Khan
    7 users say this is wrong.
  • Music
    Devi Sri Prasad
    7 users say this is wrong.
  • Director
    Harish Shankar
    7 users say this is wrong.
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
    5 users say this is wrong.
SANJAY on 6th Aug 2012, 3:43pm | Permalink
Eee Cinema Inka Adthundante kachitanga Theatre Management Ammud Poyindi.......
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
SANJAY on 6th Aug 2012, 3:43pm | Permalink
Eee Cinema Inka Adthundante kachitanga Theatre Management Ammud Poyindi.......
deshmukh_sanjay8 on 6th Aug 2012, 3:44pm | Permalink
Oka Kabaddi & Anthaakshari scene thappa Movie Lo Em Ledu
kavya on 11th Jul 2012, 12:50pm | Permalink
movie superb
Guess ? on 26th Jul 2012, 10:49pm | Permalink
Okka Kabaddi Scene.... & Anthaakshari Scene Thapppa Inkem Nacha Ledu......
pa1 on 27th Jul 2012, 12:51am | Permalink
avi kuda navhaledu ekkada
ppbaboo on 10th Jul 2012, 12:34am | Permalink
I dont have option to rate ut more than 10...
Sr on 5th Jul 2012, 4:20am | Permalink
I am a strong believer in FullHyd rating. Not sure how editor gave 7.5 rating for this movie. TV serials are far better in script.
Kishore Kadiyala on 5th Jul 2012, 8:45am | Permalink
Love you for saying that Sr :). I mean the first sentence. It more than makes up for all criticism!
Sr on 10th Jul 2012, 1:00am | Permalink
But it is fading Kishore as I see in the recent days the kind of language we are allowing to publish on these reviews.

But anyway the site will get good masala review in this way :)
Sr on 11th Jul 2012, 12:02am | Permalink
Sorry for the hasty comment Kishore. I see active follow up on the contents with swear words but prevention better than cure. Review before publishing :)
Kishore Kadiyala on 11th Jul 2012, 2:43pm | Permalink
Sure Sr, will keep that in mind :)
ppbaboo on 10th Jul 2012, 12:32am | Permalink
Go and watch serials.
Mahamood on 3rd Jul 2012, 3:29pm | Permalink
Super duper hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttttttttt
Champion on 26th Jun 2012, 5:42pm | Permalink
One of the worst movies. There is no story, no comedy in the movie. I personally feel Daruvu is much better than this. Atleast Daruvu is entertaining. I am not fan of Raviteja, but i feel he is much better than Pawankalyan. I like Chiru a lot he is one of the best actors. Though Chiru's son is not so famous atleast he is a gud dancer. Pawan dont know acting, nor dancing, baka ka untadu fights cheste anta fake ani telipotundi. He is fit for nothing.
Nik on 1st Jun 2012, 1:55pm | Permalink
another "bad revenge" movie.. good at entertaining... and better ending lines..
kiran on 24th May 2012, 10:42am | Permalink
pawan kalyan rockers tollwood
divya on 20th May 2012, 4:45pm | Permalink
superb movie
priya on 14th Aug 2012, 7:31pm | Permalink
really its a superb movie
raja.aug9 on 13th May 2012, 6:54am | Permalink
pavan is back, fun fun fun all the way............................
Gattu on 12th May 2012, 10:54pm | Permalink
Movie kevvu keka

Pros: Power star acting, Harish Shankar dialogues
Cons: More strong script and better climax should have made the movie more watchable
vinay on 12th May 2012, 6:11pm | Permalink
Pakka Paisa vasool entertainer of the summer... Go Watch it now !!!

Pros: Pawan kalyan,Dilouges,Sruthi Hassan,Comedy throughout and Powerful Action scenes,Devi sri prasad Music and BGM,Vintage powerstar style
Cons: Heroine Character should have been more involved in the script with more dilouges.Except for that there are no possible negative points
VIJAY on 12th May 2012, 3:00pm | Permalink
groove on 12th May 2012, 2:18pm | Permalink
superb movie
satya on 12th May 2012, 11:49am | Permalink
kevvuuuuuuuuuuuuuu kekaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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