Drum roll and we have a winner after a very long time. Pawan Kalyan finally has a reason to smile and so can his fans. In a way, 'Gabbar Singh' becomes the story of an actor who's been desperately looking for a hit, I don't know for how long now. The question that remains unanswered now is, will 'Gabbar Singh' be a bigger hit than 'Dabangg'? Well, the only way to find out is to wait and see and how the audiences receive it probably one week from now.
'Gabbar Singh' is a frame-to-frame copy of the original barring few scenes which by the way hardly get noticed. If you've already seen 'Dabangg' then you automatically tend to compare every minute of the film with GS. So, take my word and watch GS with a memory as clean as a blank slate and you wouldn't be disappointed.
A rowdy-cum-police Venkatharatnam Naidu (Pawan) has unorthodox style of working that most abhor and especially Siddhappa Naidu (Abhimanyu), the local don and a political aspirant. The story further revolves around the clash between Venkat and Siddhappa and a love story that blossoms between Venkat and Bhagyalakshmi (Shruti). In the battle for supremacy, who amongst Venkat and Siddhappa conquers forms the rest of the story.
In one word, GS has Pawan written all over, every frame, every minute, from start to finish. After desperate hunt for hit, he strikes gold with this film and in a way proves that he's still in the race. Pawan's dialogues and mannerism are two most important things that I would like to touch upon as they undoubtedly made a difference. His screen-time with comedian Ali is something one and all would enjoy and relish at least for few months. Shruti did a decent job of reprising a role that Sonakshi pulled off in style. Nevertheless, Shruti must be on cloud nine because she badly needed a hit to sustain in the industry, and she finally managed to get one.
Harish Shankar is the man of the hour who rises up to the occasion by making GS not just an ordinary entertaining film but a wholesome, all ingredients filled, mass masala entertainer. Minor changes to the characterization and plot does add value and suit the context of Telugu audience. Most importantly, hearty thanks to the screenplay that propels at good pace, saving everybody from boredom.
Music by DSP is definitely one of his best attempts thus far. DSP doesn't give memorable music here but gives a type of music that you can't ignore. For example; Telugu version of Munni is 'Kevvu Keka', also starring Malaika, is one such song that you just can't ignore. It's catchy and perfectly balanced with adequate oomph by Malaika.
In one line, 'Gabbar Singh' is the roar of a hero who's been in oblivion all this time.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(4 / 5) : Very Good