Sardaar Gabbar Singh - Movie Review

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 14:30
Sardaar Gabbar Singh (2016)
Cast & Crew: 

Film: Sardaar Gabbar Singh
Cast: Pawan Klayan, Kajal Aggarwal, Sharad Kelkar, Mukesh Rishi, Bramhanandam, Posani, Ali, Pradeep Ravat, Lakshmi Rai, Sanjana, Raghu Babu, Bramhaji, Narra Srinu, Praveen, Shakalaka Shankar, Venu, Narsing Yadav, Sudigali Sudheer, Rachha Rravi, Divya, Pooja Ramchandran, and others.
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Lyrics: Ananta Sreeram, Ramajogayya Sastry, Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Arthur Wilson
Editing: Gautam Raju
Art: Bramha Kadali
Produced by: Sharrath Marar, Sunil Lulla
Story and Screenplay: Pawan Kalyan
Direction: Bobby
CBFC Rating: UA
Release date: April 08, 2016
Runtime: 163 min

What's it about!

The story happens in a village called Rattanpur, where anarchy rules. The people of the village suffer the cruel acts of the mining businessman Bhairav Singh (Sharad Kelkar). A daring cop Sardaar Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan) is transferred to this village when the village’s erstwhile royal family requests the government to send some good police officer. He is given stay at their palace in the village. He assesses the situation in Rattanpur and starts to implement his plan. Meanwhile, a dramatic situation brings the princess of Rattanpur (Kajal) and Pawan Kalyan together and they fall in love with each other. The royal family also has issues with Bhairav Singh. How Sardaar solves all this forms the rest of the story.


‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’, second film in the franchise of ‘Gabbar Singh’, begins with this following note from Pawan Kalyan.

“Ee Cinema Naa Abhimanalaku Ankitham” (This film is dedicated to my fans).

When the film begins such a card, we know what is going to unravel: a film meant for his die-hard fans. Nothing should be taken seriously is subtle message that is given. As the initial set up of the story, Pawan Kalyan enters with bang on the scene. The show reel of his mannerisms and histrionics begin. And story takes backseat.

Looks like Pawan Kalyan wanted to tell the story in the backdrop of mining mafia. Although he has chosen the right backdrop, the screenplay and execution is not right. Since the story of a cop setting things right and winning the heart of the lady is not at all new, the screenplay needs to be engaging and taut. In ‘Gabbar Singh’, the antyakshari scenes and other sequences that elevated the hero have solid backup of a story and emotional points, here that is missing. So, we get to see only the series of Pawan Kalyan’s mannerisms. 

The romantic thread between Pawan Kalyan and Kajal Agarwal is very entertaining and has enough scope to weave a better entertaining movie out of this one but this too is not properly exploited. Even though these portions are better ones. Kajal is mesmerizing in her sequences.

The first half of the movie is okay. The interval bang is very appealing. But same tempo is missing in the later part of the movie. The second half goes for a toss and the climax is wrapped up with no required dhum. Good entertainment is also missing.

In the recent times, ‘Gabbar Singh’ and ‘Attharintiki Daaredi’ were Pawan Kalyan’s better movies where in he has showcased his talents in comedy as well as emotional scenes. ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ is showcase of his stardom, a fest of his histrionics. By imitating his brother megastar Chiranjeevi’s dance steps, Pawan Kalyan has made his fans happy here.  His dance steps to Chiranjeevi’s old songs including the popular Veena step are worth of claps.

Kajal Agarwal has looked gorgeous as the rich girl trapped in some circumstances. She has not only looked royal, but also has shared good chemistry with Pawan Kalyan. Sharad Kelkar, the debutant villain has looked like a perfect antagonist to the Powerstar. He has right body language. Lakshmi Rai appears in a song. Sanjana is okay. None of the other actors make any impression.

On technical front, Devi Sri Prasad who has been giving hit music to Pawan’s movies has come up with three good songs. His songs have worked more on the screen than on the ear.  ‘O Pilla Subanalla..” is the best one. Cinematography by Wilson has given the film a rich appeal. The whole Rattanpur village is a set created in Hyderabad is hard to believe. Art director Brahma Kadali and the producers are should be appreciated for this lavish set where the most of the movie happens. Editing is major problem.

Dialogue writer Burra Saimadhav has written some good dialogues keeping in Pawan’s off-screen image of a politician and the story. Dialogues like “veedu janamalonchi puttina ideology’, “Avasaram unnappudu Vaadukoni, Avasaram Teeraka kulam gurinchi matladutara’ are the best.

Director Bobby who has shown so much promise in ‘Power’ has faltered here. It seems proper care was not put at editing table as many scenes are cut abruptly. Runtime is beyond excusable due to many unnecessary scenes. It seems that to meet the deadline of release date, the post-production work is done hurriedly, as there are many technical and editing issues. 


Although 'Sardaar Gabbar Singh' is mainly meant for Pawan Kalyan’s fans, the movie offers only few good moments, and shows his superb mannerisms. Pawan's show and Kajal are saving grace but narration is a letdown. Despite good interval bang, post interval it drags on without much redeeming factors. This is strictly for fans that have been eagerly waiting for Pawan Kalyan’s movie for the last three years.

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Rating: 2.75/5