Review : Sardaar Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan)
bollywood3.com Rating : 3/5
Director : K. S. Ravindra (Bobby)
Producer : Eros International, Sharrath Marar
Music Director : Devi Sri Prasad
Starring : Pawan Kalyan, Kajal Aggarwal
Pawan Kalyan is probably one of south India’s biggest stars. His latest presentation is Sardaar Gabbar Singh which has been dubbed in Hindi as well. The film has hit the screens with a lot of good hype. Let’s see how it is.
Gabbar Singh(Pawan Kalyan) is a happy go lucky cop who gets transferred to a ruthless town called Ratanpur. Upon his arrival, he finds out that the entire town is suffering from the evil deeds of Bhairav Singh(Sharad Kelkar).
As time passes by, the princess of Ratanpur, Arshi(kajal) falls in love with Gabbar Singh. Twist in the tale arises when Gabbar Singh comes to know that he is actually sent to that town to solve the problems of Arshi and her royal family which is under the threat of Bhairav Singh.
Rest of the story is as to how Gabbar Singh fights with the mighty Bhairav Singh and solves problems of both Arshi and the entire village.
Probably, the biggest asset of Sardaar is Pawan Kalyan himself. Right from the word go, it is Pawan’s histrionics that takes center stage. Be it with punch dialogues, dances or fights, Pawan has mesmerized in his role.
Kajal Aggarwal looks drop dead gorgeous as a princess. She has lost weight and looks superb in all her royal costumes. Sharad Kelkar makes a solid south debut and is menacing as the bad guy and performs his role to the T. All his confrontational scenes with Pawan Kalyan have been executed well.
First half of the film is quite good with some interesting fan moments. Mukesh Rishi does his supporting role naturally.
Story of the film is ages old and has nothing much interesting to offer. The first half an hour during the second half goes for a toss as the proceedings deviate from the topic completely. Also, the presence of two back to back songs in the second half disturb the flow of the film big time.
There are no major twists and turns as the film moves on a single thread till the end. The proceedings are quite predictable and the climax is also wrapped up in an unconvincing manner. After showcasing Sharad Kelkar’s character in such a powerful light during the first half, he is completely sidelined and becomes ineffective towards the end.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is decent as most of the songs suit the mood of the film well. Screenplay by Pawan Kalyan lacks the necessary punch as most of the scenes in the second half go wayward. Production values by Eros are quite good and special mention should go to the art department for putting up the beautiful Ratanpur set and making it look quite realistic.
Coming to the director Bobby, he has done just an average job with the film. He has dragged a simple point to unnecessary lengths and made the film look tedious at places.
On the whole, Sardaar Gabbar Singh is a typical mas masala film which is made keeping Pawan Kalyan’s fans in mind. Right from the word go, it is Pawan’s solid screen presence and energetic performance that saves the film from sinking. Impressive first half and some stylish thrills are basic assets. But a weak story line, lengthy run time and a dragged out second half spoil the fun completely and make this film just a one time watch.
bollywood3.com Rating : 3/5
Reviewed by Avad M