Gabbar Singh: Larger than life scenario
There is a scene in Gabbar Singh where Brahmanandam, a money lender, walks into the villain’s den and roars that his dues be settled. He is aware that he is in the danger zone and that he is no match for the goons. Yet, he doesn’t flinch. All that he has for moral support is a larger-than-life cut out of Pawan Kalyan. In yet another scene, Pawan refers to Ali as “my fan”.
Gabbar Singh is larger than life, made to please the humungous fan following Pawan Kalyan enjoys and director Harish Shankar, too, is a self-proclaimed fan of the actor. Harish’s work is more of an adaptation than a frame-to-frame remake of Dabangg. We know the story. A young boy grows up seeing his little step brother bask in the love and affection showered by the stepfather, runs away only to return as a cop. He is a cop, sure, but not your typical hero. As a child, he takes a liking to the iconic villain of Sholay and calls himself Gabbar Singh.
Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan) sets his own rules. He calls his aide (Ali) Samba, renames the police station as Gabbar Singh station and releases a bunch of thugs from the lock-up provided they are willing to comply with his rules. He takes up a posting in his native village Kondaveedu to be closer to his mother (Suhasini reprises the role of Dimple Kapadia), is still hated by his brother (Ajay) and father (Nagineedu). In place of Sonu Sood comes Abhimanyu Singh as Siddhappa Naidu, an influential goon who dreams of entering politics. Gabbar Singh thwarts all moves of Siddhappa Naidu and the latter wants revenge. Amidst all this, Gabbar Singh falls for the gorgeous Bhagyalakshmi (Shruti Haasan) who keeps him at arm’s length citing that she has to take care of her alcoholic father.