Casts:Akshay Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Suman Talwar, Jaideep Ahlawat
Banner:Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and SLB Films
Director:Krish (Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi)
Producer:Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Screenplay:A. R. Murugadoss
Music:Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Manj Musik
Release Date:1st May 2015
Story line: Gabbar Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) creates his own vigilante military network called the Anti-Corruption Force (ACF) that eliminates the most corrupt individuals, from all walks of life, in a systematic manner. As pressure builds on Police and Government to track down the man who masterminds these killings, Balbir Singh (Sonu Sood) is specially summoned to head the task. He is aided by Suryam (Prakash Raj) who, though being just a constable in the mammoth Police force, is compelled by his instincts to see through the underlying design.
This is one such story of a man remorselessly wronged by the establishment. One freak incident results in everything he held dear taken away from him. Predictably, the system doesn’t seem to care – let alone resolve. That’s when Ajay (AK) takes matters in his own hands. An underground vigilante army, a secret identity, an elaborate modus…all of these combined make a ‘GABBAR’ – a true hero, with dreadful villainous instincts.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: In 2008, Krish made his debut with Gamyam, starring Allari Naresh, Sharwanand, and Kamalinee Mukherjee. The film was produced by his father Jagarlamudi Saibaba along with his brother-in-law Bibo Srinivas, and his friend Rajeev Reddy who came forward after Krish vainly tried to convince many notable Telugu film producers. The film went on to become a big hit at the box office, and won several awards, including the Best Picture and Best Director prizes at the 2009 South Filmfare Award.
This blockbuster film was remade in Tamil as ‘Kadalana Summa illa”, in Kannada as “Savaari” and in Bengali as “Dui Prithbi”.
Krish’s next film, Vedam, released theatrically in June 2010. The film, starring Allu Arjun, Manoj Manchu, and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, was the first multistarrer film in Telugu after more than a decade. It was well received by both critics and audiences, winning four major awards at the 58th Filmfare Awards South, with Krish receiving his second Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Vedam was also the second film to win all the four major awards (Best Movie, Best Director for Krish, Best Actor for Allu Arjun and Best Actress for Anushka Shetty), after Jeevana Jyothi in 1975 and had a good run at the box office as well.
Following the success of Vedam, Krish was signed to direct its Tamil remake, titled Vaanam, starring Silambarasan Rajendar, Bharath, and Anushka Shetty, reprising her role, in the main roles. Like its original version, Vaanam too released to critical acclaim. His latest film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum starring Rana Daggubati and Nayantara was blockbuster at the box office.
My “Gut Feel” and preview:
This film is a remake of the Tamil film Ramana directed by A. R. Murugadoss. It was later remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi in the lead and then in Kannada as Vishnu Sena with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role and unofficial remake in Bengali as Tiger. So practically has been tried and tested in south with story and screenplay which has been a critical and commercial success down south. I have no problems with remakes however it should be adapted aligned to the mass audience of that region. A great plot and story can go drastically wrong if showcased and presented in way which north Indian audience not able to relate even being Akshay kumar around in lead role. Sanjay leela bhansali teamed up with akshay kumar and Prabhu Deva and delivered Rowdy Rathore which was a remake of remake of Telugu movie Vikramarkudu. Rowdy rathore was a hit however as I go by my gut feel, “Gabbar is back “ would disappoint both critics and audience. Whole presentation is so down south oriented that I believe neither audience would able to relate to the narration nor with presentation of this movie.
Good part is that movie is just above 2 hours and fast paced which generally do work in south however as I checked the story line I am expecting it be a disappointing act for north India audience.
In spite being backed by big banner and Akshay kumar in lead role, a thumps down from my side for this movie and I would give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, three days before the release.