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MOVIE INFO: GABBAR IS BACK

Directed byKrish
Produced bySanjay Leela Bhansali
Written byRajat Arora
StarringAkshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan, Sunil Grover and Kareena Kapoor Khan in guest appearance.

Release Date: May 1st 2015
Production Company: 
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

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The film is a remake of the 2002 Tamil film Ramanaa directed by A. R. Murugadoss.

As per Viacom motion pictures, this is a 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. 

(All Information above, poster and trailer credit goes to Viacom18 Motion Pictures) 

In case you're wondering what is the connection of Gabbar here with Sholay's Gabbar? There are dialogues that are based on Sholay's Gabbar's popular dialogues like-"Pachaas Pachaas Kos Dur Jabh Koi Rishwat Leta Hai, Toh Sabh Kehte Hain Mat Le Varna, Gabbar Aa Jaaega." 

How it fared on release ...

Most movie critics in India's leading news paper gave the movie 3 to 3.5 on a scale of 5 stating that the movie is a "full on masala" movie "with lot of "applause worthy scenes".

MOVIE REVIEW .. 

What's good-

#1. The movie is fast paced and certainly keeps you interested.

#2. Akshay Kumar's appearance is new and happening. The facial hair suits him wonderfully well. There are no muscular torso being exposed and yet there is no mistaking the muscle power. The Gabbar in the 1984 Sholay did not sport a beard, and yet Gabbar's personality in the movie does have some subtle shades of Sholay's Gabbar. Appearances apart, justice has been done to the inspiration drawn from the original Gabbar in every respect. If you wonder if the means justify the end result, "woh Gabbar hai, Gandhi nahi", is the answer- as one character in the movie points out. In short, full marks to Akshay Kumar for the perfect portrayal of Gabbar- for upholding the legendary Gabbar's status, as well as lending his own avatar to the iconic character.

#3. The movie manages to keep the focus on the theme of fighting corruption. You might agree with the means to achieve the goal, but the end results are convincing. The story-line delineates the deep-rooted corruption in various government bodies, hospitals, etc in a way that the call to extreme measures is vindicated.

#4. Kareena Kapoor Khan looks captivating in her special appearance. She should have been roped in to play the lead. 

#5. India looks clean- throughout and everywhere. Seems like the movie has been shot in the future where Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi's Clean India initiatives have been successfully implemented with good results :). 

WHAT'S NOT-

#1. Pretty though Shruti Hassan is, there are no room for her in this movie. Producers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali calibre need to step up and set an example. He should have more confidence in his movie than to bank on placing a pretty face to 'draw the men on the streets'. The song 'Coffee Peetey Peetey' is beautiful and has been again, picturized to tease the senses of men. This needs to stop. To pair a 40-something hero against a 20-something heroine is absurd. I can visualize any number of leading ladies who would have lend elegance to the role- Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta, Malaika Arora, Bipasha Basu, etc. This 40-20 needs to STOP and yes, the top producers of Bollywood need to take a lead in this. Although, I must say, Akshay Kumar carries the pretty-little-20-something girls on his arms better than any other Bollywood studs.

#2. Sanjay Leela Bhansali also loses marks for infusing item song in the movie and the talented Chitrangada Singh loses marks for accepting such a song-dance sequence. Thankfully there aren't men touching her in a lecherous manner.

I will say it again- producer of his stature shouldn't be resorting to cheap gimmicks. The lyrics of the song are cheap ("Kundi mat kharkao raja, seedhe andar aao raja". Really??) and so are the actions. Yo To Honey Singh's voice sounds like a molester's and may likely inspire a few of those. Given the unsafe conditions in India, SLB should take on greater moral responsibility

#3. End the day, the movie fails to provide a solution to deracinate corruption through actions, even though the message in the end salvages it. Much like Rang De Basanti in 2006, the intentions are applaud-able, the characters are inspirational, but the actions of the 'few good men' in the movie don't by itself provide a panacea. The plot could have been used to provide some real methodology. 

TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH?

As for whether or not you should see it? Three points on that-

  1. This one will most certainly be loved by Akshay fans and those who get comfort and satisfaction out of watching the victory of good over evil in films, aka fans of series like Dabangg, Singham and the likes. 
  2. Oh yes, if you haven't seen Shruti Hassan, Sarika and Kamal Hassan's daughter, yet and have been wanting to, you may catch her in this one. Although, I personally loved her in D-Day (2013) in which her talent shines through without her body being used for the purpose. 
  3. For Indians outside of India, the movie is educational for our kids- we talk to them about the corruption in different parts of the system in India- this movie covers it all. 
VERDICT: WATCH IT!

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