Gabbar Is Back Movie Review

Akshay Kumar, has sort-of, reinvented himself as someone who leads these action films (Holiday, Baby, Gabbar is Back) which are commercial in their essence but they also manage to sneak in a social cause in their themes trying to educate the youth with problems plaguing India. Now, continuing in the same vein, Akshay is back with Gabbar is Back. The title of the film is eye catching and the trailers have managed to raise curiosity. So is it able to capture the audiences in Bollywood like the original film ‘Ramana’ did in Tamil? Is Akshay Kumar able to continue his good form after Holiday and Baby? Are Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar able to deliver another blockbuster together (after Rowdy Rathore) as a producer-actor duo?

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Story: Gabbar is Back follows the original Tamil film Ramana to the tee but manages to Hindify a few things so that the context doesn’t feel too alien for the Hindi speaking audience. Aditya (Akshay) has lost his pregnant wife (cameo by Kareena Kapoor Khan) in a building collapse because of a mishap caused by the builders. Aditya survived and is now a professor with an army of loyal students. Along with his students, he devises a plan to tackle corruption head on by kidnapping corrupt public officials and killing them to root out corruption. In all this, there’s also a love angle involving the beautiful Shruti Hassaan and a villain who repeatedly keeps calling himself a ‘brand’. Suman Talwar who played the chief villain’s role in Rajnikanth’s ‘Sivaji the Boss’ plays the villain Digvijay Patil. There’s also Sunil Grover playing an incorruptible cop called Sadhuram who is responsible for discovering Aditya’s identity.

Gabbar Is Back Review: Krish, the big shot South Indian director, who makes his Bollywood debut with Gabbar is Back, does a decent job of bringing all aspects of the story together without losing its pace. It is a commendable effort to keep the essence of the original Tamil film and to keep the pace flowing. It is watchable because the film is rooted in a heightened realistic world which bears no resemblance to a real world where law and IPC exist. If you are fine with the world being shown in Gabbar is Back, then the film is right up your alley. The dialogues, however, could have been written in a more tasteful manner and the silly item number should have been done away with. It is time to rethink how Bollywood treats women.

The technical aspects of Gabbar is Back suit the genre of the film. The cinematography is decent enough for a commercial action film and the editing is fine too because the length is kept to a minimum of 132 minutes. As mentioned earlier, the dialogues are below par for a film which has been named after Gabbar Singh, probably Hindi cinema’s biggest Dialoguebaaz! The production design and costume design feel a little dated, unfortunately.

The music of Gabbar is Back is nothing special with none of the songs making a mark unlike Rowdy Rathore which had many chartbusters to its name. The only song which is hummable is the romantic track Teri Meri Kahaani.

Acting: Akshay Kumar is the headlining act of Gabbar is Back and rightly so. We can’t think of anyone who would have done better, as Akshay doesn’t overplay his role and keeps it subtle inspite of having powerful dialogues to deliver. He manages to show why his aura is still strong after 2 decades. Shruti Hassaan is the weakest part of Gabbar is Back as the lead actress. She is charmless. Sunil Grover is fantastic as Sadhu and you will forget his Gutthi act after Gabbar is Back. We hope to see more of this talented actor in the future. Suman Talwar is monotonous as the lead villain and doesn’t bring anything new to the film. Even Jaideep Ahlawat who is otherwise a fine actor disappoints in his role.

Conclusion: Gabbar is Back should be watched for what it truly represents: a commercial Hindi entertainer which tries to highlight a major problem of corruption which plagues the country. But the problem is, the issue of corruption isn’t topical anymore after the change in government last year. If it released a year back, maybe it would have been even more impactful. Regardless of that frailty, Gabbar is Back is largely entertaining and flows nicely; you won’t fall asleep because of the fast pace and also because of the glaringly loud background music. If you are in the mood for a full blown commercial Hindi entertainer, then Gabbar is Back is your best bet this week. And it is always nice to see Akshay Kumar in form!

Positives:

  • Akshay KumarĀ – absolutely incredibly in such roles! Charisma, superstar screen-presence, he’s got it all!
  • Sunil Grover is good too!
  • The issue of corruption is tackled in a commercial manner
  • The action scenes are impactful and the climax is good
  • Editing and cinematography suits the nature of the film
  • Gabbar is Back doesn’t bore the audience

Negatives:

  • The music and Shruti Haasan are the biggest disappointments
  • Villains don’t work
  • The production design and costume design make the film look dated
  • The Dialogues are bland and invoke a sense of the 90s
Rating: ★★★½☆ Must watch if you’re an Akshay Kumar fan or love commercial entertainers!

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39 Comments

  • Little Mistakes in the above cmnt due to excitement !!
    by the way It was Housefull here on greater noida ! Don’t know about all India bt hearing it has taken flying start in single screens nd white gud in multiplex too .




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  • so I think as per your review the movie will work.but a lot depends on akki’s star power.if the weekend gonna be around 50cr then 100 cr is possible




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  • @Floppy, I think what you mean to say is that days are not far when he will sit on road and road will turn to money




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  • With out song and masala baby collected 95 crore.
    A b class comedy movie entertainment collect 72 crore(sandwiched between sr and kock,otherwise 80 crore)
    so gib collect atleast 130 crore




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  • i just watched it nd come..it is a blockbuster..no doubt..first half is little bit weak but second half is extraordinar…shruti disappoints..sunil grover is great..i recommend everyone to go nd watch..it will no disappoint u.i bet that u will not regret ..it is a paisa vasool film




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  • @floppy you’re still here…. you should’ve been thrown out long time ago…. Oh I forgot that has already been done by USB…




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  • GABBAR IS BACK short review
    thumbs up
    1 a novel idea of a person using the name of the most feared villain of our cinema alongwith student power to eliminate corruption from our society by killing a highly or most corrupt person of a department.

    2 akshay’s earnest performance as aditya/gabbar

    3 scenes of gabbar army performing the act of eliminating corruption are enjoyable but lack realism

    4 the superb climax is actually the saving grace of the otherwise boring 2nd half

    thumbs down
    1 silly screenplay ruins the novel idea completely and makes the film under achieve to a large exrent

    2 pathetic performance by the villain.a nawaz or prakash raj in that role would hv been perfect

    3 irritating and meaningless romantic track between akki and single expression giving shruti

    4 the akki kareena flashback track needed to b top class as that incident in adityas life turned him into gabbar but unfortunately that was also poorly presented

    5 bad outdated action

    6 below average music

    7 ordinary direction by krish

    8 ordinary production value

    rating-5/10
    verdict-below average despite a good concept
    bo prediction-even though I didn’t like it but audience reaction in the theatre was gd plus opening is also fare.so I blv it will b a hit but not more than that as every section of audience won’t find it gd




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  • Better than expected…it was a full on entertaining movie..Akshay Kumar is way ahead than others when it comes to action comedy..




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  • @ArjunKapoorFan, what is outdated action?
    You have probably given the worst review out of the ones I read!




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  • but I said it will b a hit and by gd action I mean the action of baby or holiday and not south style action of gabbar




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  • @Arjun The Action Of Gabbar Still luks so real nd The Way Akshay have pulled it ! it’s just awesome ! his expressions nd energy is unwatchable nd the song teri meri Kahaani is Completely treat to watch on big screen . it luks so beautiful ! how handsome Akki was luking ! Ppl Screamed So hard for Akki nd the Response was Roaring !




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  • @ARJUNKAPOORFAN What I meant was that you posted a lot of negativities and that all reviews are mixed to good. I could sense a “Why is Gabbar good, i told everyone it would suck” vibe from it.




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  • Gabbar is back is an official remake of the tamil film ramanna which released in 2002 it marks the debut of the southern director krish in bollywood and its the second release of akshay kumar in 2015 after baby

    Story analysis:
    As the name suggests the movie revolves around the character GABBAR played by akshay kumar
    Akshay plays the role of a vigilante professor adtiya who takes a dig on corruption. He targets the states topmost corrupt officials that includes the thasildar ,district collector,police officer,and the PWD(peoples work dept.) Officers
    As the tagline hints ‘Naam se villan,Kaam se hero’ gabbar becames hero amongst the people and at the same time he becomes one of the most wanted criminal amongst the cops
    While carrying out all the righteous act he encounters digvijaysingh (suman talwar) a corrupt and a powerful businessman
    So is gabbar able to stop digavijay singh? Or the cops arrest him first? Is gabbar a one man army or does he has a team? Does gabbar has a past which makes him do this things? Is he really a villan or a hero?
    The answer to all this questions lies in the movie

    Music:
    The film has 3 songs in it
    The pick of the album is undoubtedly teri meri kahani the track sung by arijit singh
    Aao raja the track composed by honey singh is an average track chitrangada Singh in that song looks stunning she will surely be an eye candy for the masses
    Coffey peete is an unnecessary addition to the album there was no need for this song in the film
    Background score is good and is inspired by sholay at places

    Cinematography,screenplay, dialogues:
    Cinematography is good it could have been carried out more effectively at some places in the action sequences
    The screenplay loses its grip and pace at some places and at the some time holds it well at the other scences
    A.r muragdoss and rajat arora have fantastically executed the hospital scene and the climax they must the be applauded for that
    Rest of it is strictly average
    Dialogues are above average the it lacks the solid punches that are usually present in such a typical masala entertainer as the background score some dialogues are inspired from the character gabbar of sholay
    Action sequences and the editing are good both the editor and the action director does a good job but editing could have been better

    Acting
    Akshay kumar steals the show, his strong screen presence and his dialogue delivery allows him to perfectly fit in to the role of gabbar. He plays his role with ease no other actor coulf have played this role with such an ease
    Shruti hassan doesnt have a meaty role but she does a decent job as a lawyer and a google maniac
    Sunil grover plays the role of a witty police constable who is always an object of fun for his higher officials perfectly fits into the role
    Other supporting cast are strictly average

    Whats good?
    Akshay kumar as gabbar
    Sunil grover
    The hospital scene and the climax
    The action sequences
    The message of the film

    Whats bad?
    The supporting cast could have been better
    The edting could have been better
    The film loses pace at some places the screenplay could have been more crispier

    Overall review: 3.5 stars
    Go for this one if you are a die hard akki fan or love to watch a commercial film
    And for the message :)




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  • the worst film ever to be made…we are openly restricting the people by giving negative wom..we hate south indians and their films …we should ensure that this film flops… only the name is gabbar otherwise it is of no meaning

    useless cinema ..family will not like




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