Tagline: Gun, Fun, Fire & then thuss!
Sardaar Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan) is a dynamic gutsy police officer who is deputed to Rattanpur, a village ruled by Bhairav Singh (Sharad Kelkar) only to bring back law and order. But the special mission eventually turns into a personal rivalry due to Arshi Devi (Kajal Agarwal), a helpless princess of the Royal family of Rattanpur. How did Sardaar save the princess, the village and win their love forms the rest of the plot.
Pawan Kalyan: Naturally it is a one-man show of the Powerstar. If the film is any entertaining, it is undoubtedly because of him. Besides his style, attitude, comic timing, acute punches, powerful dialogues and action episodes, Sardaar steals the show with his dances (especially in the Sangeeth episode) – you can and will watch it for him (can’t afford more spoilers!)
Kajal Aggarwal: This gorgeous lady shines in her brief showpiece role as a helpless princess. Her regal looks [especially her terrible make up] and sizzling chemistry with Pawan Kalyan are worth a mention.
Sharad Kelkar: He was absolutely impressive and given some meat in his role, it would have been a delight watching him perform. However, he manages to grab attention as a villain who is good at SD (self dabba).
Mukesh Rushi: For all those who are tired of watching him in some insignificant roles, here is he back with a full-length key role (he has been there for a long while now but still cannot get his dialogues right!)
“Samba” Ali: You’ll neither find our favorite “Samba” nor Ali in the character.
Brahmanandam: He has been limited to some silly cartoon comedy.
While Posani, Brahmaji were lucky enough to get some flesh, the rest of the cast including Jabardasth Gang, Gabbar Singh Antyakshari gang are mere extras.
Gabbarsingh was a winner because of his sheer merit in content – Sardaar Gabbarsingh exactly lacks the same. Given an extension of the ‘Gabbarsingh’ brand, guess this comparison (between GS & SGS) is inevitable.
Okay… for those who are disappointed by this start let’s talk about the merits of Sardaar:
- Pawan Kalyan’s guns, bullets, bikes, dances & comic timing.
- The overall entertainment quotient in the first half.
- Sangeeth Episode in the second half.
- Music & back ground score.
The list appears to be too small… isn’t it? Given the hype and brand image of Pawan Kalyan (Himalayan) heights, guess this list doesn’t help much!
Well technically, Sardaar Gabbarsingh is supposed to be a ‘Robin hood kind’ of script with a good mixture of ingredients like fun, emotional drama, action and a fine balance of other commercial elements. But instead the script heavily relied upon Pawan Kalyan’s overall performance alone. Ineptly designed characters, scenes lacking luster, content & progression and the absence of quintessential highs & lows in the narrative affect the film big time. The Robin hood cop who is deputed to save the village eventually deviates into a personal vendetta. Though Gabbarsingh has a similar format, Sardaar Gabbarsingh is marred by a sloppy writing.
The first half was decently engaging with adequate fun quotient. And the pre-interval episode might actually keep your hopes alive. But the second half is a disappointer right from the word go! Except for the Sangeeth episode, this portion of the film has nothing to boast about [Of course, even the Sangeeth episode wherein the hero resorts to dances when his girl is at stake only to kill some time is not something seriously commendable].
In a nutshell, looks like the director tried to play a safe game targeting the hardcore fan community (that just loves seeing PK on the big screen and doesn’t really mind all the above) but the fact remains that the ‘Gabbarsingh magic’ is seriously missing.
Devi Sri Prasad’s music and back ground score are one of the key assets. Well, if the film was any engaging, it was because of them. Well besides Tauba Tauba, none of the songs leave an impression in terms of picturization.
The Sangeeth episode in the second half seriously wakes you up. Pawan Kalyan’s Veena step & Shankar Dada MBBS movements will keep fans on their feet.
Sardaar Gabbar Singh is simply a one-time watch film that heavily relied upon guns, fun & Pawan Kalyan. Hardcore fans might enjoy but stands nowhere close to Gabbar Singh in terms of merit - Low expectations highly recommended! Sardaar Gabbar Singh – looks like he is back to do some (sorry) nothing special!