Story: Dileep Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap
Screenplay: Vegesna Sateesh, Ramesh Reddy
Dialogues: Harish Shankar S.
(Script) Changes: Harish Shankar S.
Director of Photography: Jayanan Vicent
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Lyrics: Ramajogayya Sastry, Sahithi, Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar, Chandrabose, Devi Sri Prasad
Playback: Baba Sehgal, Naveen Madhav, Shankar Mahadevan, Vaddepalli Srinivas, Karthik, Khushi Murali, Gopika Purnima, Shweta Mohan, Mamta Sharma, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Pawan Kalyan
Choreography: Ganesh, Ashok Raj, Dinesh, Bhanu
Sound Design: SD
Costume Design: Rajiv More
Art: Brahma Kadali
Editing: Gautham Raju
Production Controller: D. Brahmanandam
Producers: Bandla Ganesh
Direction: Harish Shankar S.
Date of Theatrical Release: May 11, 2012
Watched Theater : Cinesquare, Guntur
Rating : 3.5 / 5
Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan New Telugu Film Movie Review:Director Harish Shankar shot to fame with his film Mirapakay with Ravi Teja as hero. Now, Pawan Kalyan had chosen him for the remake of Salman Khan’s Dabangg. He asked the director to rewrite the entire script to suit the Telugu nativity with good humour by retaining the main theme. As a whole, the film has become a visual treat to the audience in general and Pawan fans in particular.Story:Venkataratnam Naidu (Pawan Kalyan), son of (Suhasini Manirathnam), cannot come to terms with his step-father (Nagineedu) and step-brother (Ajay) as a child. He fancies filmic villains as a child and eventually becomes a Circle Inspector of Police at Kondaveedu and calls himself Gabbar Singh, the name of the villain in the film Sholay which he watched 30 times as a child! He falls in love with Bhagyalakshmi a.k.a Ba.la. (Shruthi Hasan), the daugther of a drunkard father (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who sells toys and bangles in the local market. A local political leader Siddhappa Naidu (Abhimanyu Singh), guided by his uncle (Tanikella Bharani), awaits the right moment to eliminate Gabbar Singh as the latter attacks his henchmen a couple of times. With the sudden death of his loving mother, Gabbar Singh is left without any support from his step-father and is distanced from the family further. An unexpected event causes him to beat up his step-brother and Siddhappa eventually takes the step-brother under his wings, to hatch a plan to kill Gabbar. Did Gabbar Singh get the girl he loves, who doesn’t want to marry until her father is alive? How did Gabbar Singh react to the plot against him, to be executed by the brother he actually cares for? How far did the politician go to fulfill his wishes? Answers to these questions are revealed as the film progresses towards the end.
Artist Performance:It took almost 12 years and a director called Harish Shankar to bring out the character in Pawan Kalyan onto the screen the way people want to see it. Pawan Kalyan scorches the screen with his performance. Pawan Kalyan’s attitude, body language and josh (some may call it over-acting) is perfectly extracted by the director. Pawan Kalyan has shown it again how an actor can own and carry it on when the right character is offered. Shruti Hassan is adequate as lady love of Gabbar Singh. Abhimanyu Singh is fine. Ali is hilarious (or the way Pawan tells him ‘samba raasuko’). Brahmanandam is okay in the first half and hilarious in Pawan Kalyan cutout scene in the second half. Suhasini and Nagineedu are good as parents. Tanikella Bharani has been properly utilized in this movie as the mentor of villain. Kota Srinivasa Rao has a short yet important role as heroine’s father. Rao Ramesh played the role of a politician. Ajay is apt for the character of step brother. Gayatri Rao (Happy Days fame) has done the character of heroine’s friend. The rowdy batch (headed by Fish Venkat) is hilarious in Antakshari scene in Police Station.
Technical and Other Departments:Devi Sri Prasad has not only scored extraordinary tunes for the film but also has given fantastic background score. All songs have been shot well and are a visual feast to the audiences. Jayanan Vincent’s cinematography is perfect and Gauthamraju’s editing is apt. Director Harish Shankar has penned a perfect script, screenplay and direction to the entire film. Though the narration of the film in the second half appears to be slow, the director some how manages to take the film forward without any boring scenes. Another minus point is, the director could not keep the necessary emotional depth while reaching climax.
Movie Analysis:First half of the film is highly entertaining. Second half has some story. Looks like this film is made with the sole purpose of entertainment with a workable script. Pawan Kalyan’s inbuilt mannerism and attitude and merged perfectly by the character written for him. The film has 80% Pawan Kalyan and 20% rest of the cast. Plus points of the film are Pawan Kalyan’s never-before entertainment, Harish Shankar’s dialogues and characterization. The negative points are hurried climax and inadequate screenplay in the second half. The hero is more powerful than villain, hence the hero vs villain thread is weak. On a whole, Gabbar Singh is a good mass entertainer and will satisfy fans and general crowds alike who have been expecting a good entertainer from Pawan Kalyan over a decade.
Final View:Gabbar Singh , the Telugu remake of Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg, is a full-course meal for the Power Star’s fans, without any doubt! Even general audience would like the film for its content and presentation. The film is far better than most other commercial films of the day, though the penultimate sequences are disappointing. However, the film is quite decent by most of the current societal and filmic standards and on the whole, it is a well-packaged commercial entertainer.