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One of those films that delivers exactly what you expect only to leave you in a more “meh” mode than you started out with.Read more
I saw the trailer once. And I saw it again. I wanted to be sure that I hadn't missed something that differentiated the film from the umpteen other Akshay Kumar films. I wanted to be sure I hadn't missed anything I hadn't seen in a vigilante/citizen taking on the system Hindi film earlier. Didn't find anything. Zilch.
Only thing I could identify with was when Shruti Haasan's character says “shut up yaa” to the attempt at sense of humor. Else, I was distracted by why Gabbar wasn't out in the open if he wasn't doing anything illegal as the voiceover claims or the typical “there is a hero in all us”, “we have to bring the change we want to see” in the “Main hoon gabbar” scene, a la “main hoon krissh” or the best version of them all “main hoon azaad”.
The music too doesn't sound very impressive. Looks like we are looking at a yet another film that makes us go, “not again”. Oh and wonder why would anyone want to call themselves “gabbar”. Let's hope there is at the very least an interesting story behind that.
- meeta, a part of the audience
When there is social evil, when it affects you, when your blood boils because of the injustice that has been dealt your way, you want to just shake the entire system up. It reaches your gut and you want to do something yourself. Gabbar Is Back is one of those solutions. It addresses the wrong with anarchy. Interestingly, it acknowledges that anarchy is not the solution. Unfortunately it takes the same route that almost all films that take up the issue do, complete with preachiness. Funnily enough, goes ahead to say, “my way might not be the best, but you ought to do better”. However, it just touch a nerve for a bit before going all “holier than thou” on you.
Many a film have addressed corruption top to bottom and back to the top. This one hits a sweet spot by including malpractice in the private sector. Along with the bureaucrats, politicians, and law and order . Gabbar is Back takes on the misuse of power held by doctors and hospitals when a near one is unwell.
Other than this one plot point the rest of Gabbar Is Back is as run-of-the-mill as it gets. Despite the fact that our protagonist is being hunted down by the police and villain alike, the plot doesn't quite thicken. Some of the dialogue is powerful and/or insightful and makes you want it to register well. Also, there is a subtle satire when corrupt officials are motivated into coming out to show really how corrupt they are. But, just when you think the film is actually being smart, you realise the film knows it and doesn't want the audience to miss out on it. So, it decides to make sure you get the point. It shows it, explains it, describes it and underlines it.
Given these circumstances, there is only so much for the actors to do. The hero is wronged, angry, and smart. And because he is Akshay Kumar, he is also a one man army when it comes to the action sequences. The lead lady is as instrumental in the plot as you'd expect her to be. Shruti Haasan is annoying for the little part that she gets. But, you can hardly blame her for a role written so that she gets to change costumes and have a couple of songs picturised on her.
Speaking of which, an actress of Chitrangada Singh's caliber is now doing item numbers – there is something very wrong with this picture - well beyond having a song that objectifies women just because that's a way to sell the film. Even beyond the fact that the makers are clearly not confident about their product by itself.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Zehra Abbas, fullhyd.com : ...It's a worthy message which gets diluted through the medium of expression - a jingoistic, violent, vigilante fantasy. So don't bother debating the practical and ethical dimensions of Gabbar's fight - just have fun with it.... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ... 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!... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...Commercially, the film has taken the best start of the year and pretty much turns out to be the only one other than Akshay Kumar's own Baby to have done that. With single screens as well as multiplexes seeing good footfalls right from the first show, the film is set to gain moolah at the box office. In the times when audience are thinking twice, if not thrice, before venturing in for a film, Gabbar Is Back could well break the spell and justify the call of 'achche din aa gaye'.... full review
Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...While the music's pleasantly seamless, the editing is razor-sharp, evoking Manmohan Desai, rushing you from one entertaining scene to the next, without time to figure things out - but just enough to feel. Now, Gabbar Is Back - and you'll feel his return rocks.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...After watching this we surely need a real 'Gabbar' to blow some courage in all of us—and wipe out corruption from the root. 'Pachaas Pachaas Kos Dur Jabh Koi Rishwat Leta Hai, Toh Sabh Kehte Hain Mat Le Varna, Gabbar Aa Jaaega.... full review
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...In short, 'Gabbar Is Back' offers little new than Akshay Kumar’s salt-n-pepper hair. The film claims to espouse the noble cause of the fight against corruption but presents the message in the most clichéd manner.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...umming up, GABBAR IS BACK directed by Krish (from South) has an okay cinematography, clever editing, some powerful dialogues and an uplifting background score, collectively pointing towards a relevant theme of corruption with all noble intentions and two key performances to enjoy. But since its content matter more or less remains the same with nothing fresh or innovative to offer lacking a lot on the logical grounds, the film doesn’t turn out to be anything more than a one-time watch and that too preferably in a single screen theater to have a better entertaining experience.... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, GABBAR IS BACK is an average entertainer which will draw huge footfalls over the weekend due to catchy massy title, action drama and the fact that it is releasing on a holiday. Post the weekend, the film will have to rely on 'PWD' (Performance on Week Days) to see it sail through. If you are sick and tired of corruption in India, then, you shall find GABBAR IS BACK inspiring, else you may find it boring and preachy.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Ramanaa was a good Tamil film. Its consequent adaptations in Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and now Hindi have confirmed the existence of the 'lost in translation' phenomenon. In this story's fifth rendition, filming gimmicks and juvenile humour upstage logical writing and character development. The end result is a lackluster and utterly pointless film trying too hard to impress.... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The movie is entertaining, in the sense, that it touches on a very important topic of corruption and how the common man is taken for a ride. This one is even better than the much touted film on the common man, KHATTA MEETHA (2010). ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Gabbar Is Back is a full on ‘masala’ film with a lot of applause worthy scenes. The buck stops at Akshay Kumar. And, before I finish, Honey Singh has just bettered himself. Don’t believe me? Watch Chitrangada Singh’s dance number ‘Aao Raja’ in Gabbar Is Back. ... full review
So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...If you enjoy films which have the good vs evil story with full on action and ‘Dhamakedaar’ dialogues, this is your film. For Akshay Kumar fans this one is a treat as the weekend watch. I found it entertaining in parts ... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum??? Well the movie is not a bad watch as it had a good motive attached to it with some decent performance by Akshay Kumar. It's not at par or even nearby to his last few good releases like 'Baby' or a 'Holiday' nor is bad like 'Entertainment', 'Shaukeens' or 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara'. If only there would be a strong soul and a great writing attached to the film, the impact of the film would had been as much powerful as the character of Gabbar from the film 'Sholay'. Failing to which,the corrupt officials need not be afraid of this new and bit soulless Gabbar.... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Director Krish and superstar Akshay’s GIB is a hectic, loud film that skids from one episode to another introducing characters — all prefabricated, one-dimensional ones necessary for simulating a vigilante melodrama — and pushing the story to its inevitable end.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...V for Vendetta is not just ripped off visually but also aurally, thanks to Sandeep Chowta who simply recycles the background score and makes it loud enough to turn the Guy Fawkes mask’s smile into a sad emoticon. The only ray of light in this rumbling assault of stupidity is that the film is only two hours and ten minutes long, short enough to return home and assuage your grief by browsing Vijaykanth’s resplendent clips on YouTube.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The preachy overtones, the conscious sermonizing, silly antics, unbelievable action stunts, confounding logic in the sequence of events and Kumar’s staccato dialogue delivery don’t allow for much enjoyment here. Standard Stereotypes ,clichés, formulaic elements make it that much more difficult to make sense of. Director Krish and his editor manage to make it slick but the disjointedness and incoherence doesn’t stay hidden for long. Watch it only if you are a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan!... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...From the clumsy plotting and a manipulative back-story featuring a visibly disinterested Kareena Kapoor, to the been-there-seen-that action scenes and the uninspired score, there's little to recommend in this movie. At best, Akshay Kumar lays on the charm in a few well-timed sequences. But it's too small a reward in exchange for sitting through this boring film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...The only saving grace of this film is Akshay Kumar, who not only looks dishy with a beard, but does try giving a convincing performance in this not at all convincing film. But then he should have chosen better.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Clearly, nobody put the makers of this film through the paces. They might have then known how to make the best of their limited cinematic resources and craft something less mucky.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...This is a constantly unimpressive film. At its best, Gabbar Is Back is occasionally watchable, and at its worst, it’s Shruti Haasan. Why would you even try?... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Akshay Kumar is dependably good in the film and the new fuller-haired look sits well on him. However, he needs to be paired with heroines around his own age, so the coupling looks natural and not ridiculous. By giving him a salt-n-pepper beard and making Shruti Hassan behave like an overgrown kid, the pair is made to look odd and the lack of chemistry is conspicuously glaring.... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...The camerawork, editing and sound do nothing for the film, while the music, song picturizations and action sequences are nothing to write home about either. And the less said about the VFX bits, the better. All in all, GIB is simply not happening and is truly avoidable fare.... full review
YashRodriguez10: Gabbar is Back should be a lesson for every single corrupt person in India. Great Movie... Corruption should stop ! #GabbarIsBack
vppati: Good natured films always so good. Move past the hackneyed dialogues & script. Look around & the cheering crowd makes you happy #Gabbar
VisHal_________: Tonight Again #GabbarIsBack Loved The last scene ! As Gabbar is Taken To be Hanged @shrutihaasan break down but He leaves, Smiling !
vermadharam1: Gabbar is back. .....wow what a come back akshay rocks
umairmahmud: gabbar is a nice movie.
Twisted_Damsel: GABBAR Is Back - yuhu Pure entertainer! One man show! Power Star is back with a bang!!!
SunilCh_4U: watched gabbar yesterday..I mst say akki has given a jam of a prfrmnce...occupancy was 90% #proudofGABBAR
SumitChand13: Everything in da movie emotion fight love everything ...Gabbar aa gya bhag jao Haters of akki #ProudOfGabbar
SuclSushil: Must watch movie...#Gabbar #SayNoToCorruption I wish every 1 could realise . Must...must...must...must watch .......only fir #GoodCause
srushti5012501: guyzzzz....must watch gabbar!!!
SRKPiku: #Gabbar is an excellent film..The theme and concept of the film was scintillating..Akshay Kumar's performance was outstanding.
spsharma08: Go and watch Gabbar is back #ProudOfGabbar
skabulfarak: gabbar is nt jsz a hero..hez a revolution !Must watch I saw thoroughly impressed The movie is crisp, inspires you! http://twitter.com/skabulfarak/status/594231737703485441/photo/1
sidharth0786: #GabbarIsBack #awesome #movie #mustwatch #nicework @akshaykumar #true #Superstar #Rated #10on10 "GABBAR NAAM NHI BRAND HAI"
shresthkumar787: Gabbar is back#it's a really nice movie &@akshaykumar is looking dashing,hot very nice job by akshay Kumar and director..
ShankyGope: "Gabbar" one of d best movie of Akshay Kumar ;) its simply superb, d story telling was excellent & acting was just superb.. ;)
shahbharat246: Gabbar Super Duppeerrr Hit hai Boss @akshaykumar #GabbarIsBack
SG_Rathod: Jabbarsat Concept #Gabbar Youth Power #Respect @akshaykumar
sbn_ns: Watched #Gabbar yesterday, its a complete package of entertainment.
Saurabhsinghsam: Gabbar is back is went on your near #cinema please go and enjoy this #superrrr movie ...
Sahirk163Khan: Ek number movie gabbar
sachinkacha: GABBAR is a Mission.. #ProudOfGabbar
RoyalViraTian: Congratulations Sir @akshaykumar #Gabbar is Rocking ^___^
rblvineet: #Gabbar amazing movie, mind blowing story, fabulous acting by @akshaykumar , sahi kaha gabbar naam villain ka but kaam hero ka.Blockbuster
Queenshayri: Shruti hasan is looking so cute and beautiful ~and Akshay acting is good with action ~full paisa vasool movie Hy ~u should watch !#gabbar
PraveenParihar1: Best movie of 2015 till now... @TheGabbarIsBack And @akshaykumar sir.. U totally justified Gabbar... 6 STARS for the Movie...
picesdeepak3: Just saw Gabbar is back movie of AK, 3rd in a row after Holiday and Baby.. U rock Akshay Kumar... Kudos... #GabbarIsBack #Gabbar
parveen631: Gabbar rocks
NITIN81IN: just came home my review Gabbar is faad movie 4 STARS @TheGabbarIsBack everyone every character perfect #GabbarIsBack :)
nimeshgupta2000: Gabbar- nice movie.. Really if something like this happened in real life too. #GabbarIsBack
mywriteups: #Gabbar rockssssssss !!!!!!!!
MistryAnwar: Gabbar is back with Seetidar performance Another quality Film by #akshaykumar #gabbarisback
logy_jk: Stupid critics downgrade Gabbar just becoz it's a south remake , without seeing th essense of it.... U rock @akshaykumar #ProudOfGabbar
lady_gabbar: With crazy wind, crazy lightening and crazy thunder
ladhaniali9: Love the movie Gabbar.
Kumar_Kaif: Loved Gabbar! Round 2 tomorrow! Love you @akshaykumar!
krishnasing1990: "GABBAR' is inspiring movie for youth generation.
kiranhole: Doesn't care abt the reviews... But #Gabbar is a good movie #ProudOfGabbar
kingabhi1996: Don't miss it warna gabbar aa gayega #ProudOfGabbar
khiladi_das_95: "@mariyachhataria: 'GABBAR IS A GOOD MAN'!!! & YESSS M PROUD OF GABBAR! :') @akshaykumar #ProudOfGabbar"
khiladiPankaj: #ProudOfGabbar very well written movie, superb acting by every actor, well scripted dialogues... #Gabbar is a biggest brand in BOLLYWOOD..
kaushalsay: I wonder how critics & media praise movies like "Happy new year" and demean good work like Gabbar. Excellent movie & message. #ProudOfGabbar
KapilVasant: GABBAR moive is awesome carapsion system is open in thise superhit moive http://twitter.com/KapilVasant/status/594392081642102784/photo/1
kamalprit_singh: #Gabbar #GabbarIsBack is a movie that reflects rage of a youth! One of the best movies of @akshaykumar
K993142Kant: # gabbar is back No wrd to describe the movie such a amazng mve Rated 10/10
jugglerHARSHAL: special 26 , BABY and now Gabbar is Back .. well done #khiladi 4/5 and SuperLike
jas_canuck92: Overall #GabbarIsBack is A MUST watch, its damn entertaining,paisa vaisool,but its message is bigger. GO JOIN THE GABBAR REVOLUTION. 5/5*
itsravi29: Gabbar is great movie with great message #ProudOfGabbar @akshaykumar
itsrahul180: Watched gabbar is back.....must watch movie guys.....and gabbar is back wid bang
imranuae1983: Seen Gabbar to n8 # Akshay did very good job but Shruti really amazing Even she didn't do much movie in Bollywood but she done great
imdSRKian: Watched Gabbar is back...Copied bt Very nice dircting.. Loved the muvi.. Thts wt AKKI is and this is wht he do bst.. Bas bro cmdy mt krna.
imakkian: just proud to Gabbar.... The movie inspires us lot .... If we start doing ... which akki sir told at the last scene .The india will change
iLokeshGoel: Akki steals the show in #Gabbar..Shruti Hassan looks damn cute..Other actors r okay..I wl give it 4*
Hrithiktrends: Do watch gabbar is back Nice movie
hrakshay: Gabbar is far far ahead of crap khan films #ProudOfGabbar
Himanshu_tweets: #ProudOfGabbar Gabbar is just too good.. youth needs to watch it for sure
HcNokhwal: "GABBAR IS BACK"-Gabbar is a realy very good anti corpption picture.I want every friend see this film and make a anti corpption india.
harish_bisht22: Gabbar, must watch! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=921316984573209
gmcse14p10: Aap mein se Gabbar kon hai ; ; Main hun Gabbar---- अक्षय कुमार --आउटस्टैंडिंग,,,,श्रुति --का तो कोई जवाब नही,,,
gehanavasisth: Gabbar is back " is an amazing movie loved the each and every sec , full entertainment ..,5 out of 5 ...., wow wow wow
Gauri_Agarwal: Another gem of a performance by @akshaykumar . Yes #GabbarIsBack !! Must watch! #Gabbar #GABBARInCinemas
garimakh2: Gabbar is back, a must watch, a gd ent, & inspires common man to fight against corruption.punches , dialogues r superb. Power wala danda.
GadhiyaGopal: Gabbar is terrific it is totally akshay kunar showww.......he made us proud by doing this film totally loved it
Fardeenbehlim: #proud of Gabbar rocking
DJRizEnt: Cops for Gabbar. Action-comedy with a social message. #Gabbar #gabbarisback @akshaykumar @ShurtiHassan @Sadaf1122 http://twitter.com/DJRizEnt/status/594315153207758848/photo/1
DevRaj_1: Gabbar Is back very nice movie akshay sir is a real Indian super hero.
darshit1991: Thank you @akshaykumar and @shrutihaasan for a film like Gabbar! Great message and very strong performances.. Pure Entertainment! :)
damandeeps05: Sahi Film hai boss!! ;) #Gabbar #Inox #hangout #frndz # B|
chitresh_pandey: Gabbar rocksssss......Thanks for this inspirable movie for today's youngsters....u rockssss sir
chirag_patel237: What a Movie Gabbar is back. not a Back he is back with a bang.. Classic Movie. I can't explain abt Akshay kumar. http://twitter.com/chirag_patel237/status/594380289213759488/photo/1
chandanforu: Gabbar is back is the best movie #GabbarIsBack
bvhfbvfbvh: Yes I'm back GABBAR is mind blowing sooooopurbbb akkkiiiiiiiii
BSuthar68: Watched Gabbar. @akshaykumar sir 's style, Action and dialouges just superb, love it. #GabbarIsBack . Movie will rock everywhere.
Boss4Priya: #Gabbar is such a nice movie @akshaykumar i m #ProudOfGabbar
BollyReviews3: #Gabbar proved that there can be dark n entertainer movie in Bollywood ... Job well done!!! #GabbarIsBack
birensharmaa: Watched Gabbar @akshaykumar Gabbar ki acting dekh ke Mogambo khush hua...Sir you rock...
Bhushanuniyal1: Last scene #GabbarIsBack gabbar to hangmen-"ab tera kya hoga kaaliya" superb scene and movie..
BHANU501: Watched "GABBAR_is back" Movie is nice.Story is reflection of present scenario.Akshay rocked as he always. #GabbarIsBack
ashishmathur31: Wowwwwww what a movie "gabbar" . U must watch . Awesome script . Inspiration fr youth .
anjiie006: Me super likeyy.. #GabbarIsBack awsomee.. #must #watch @akshaykumar is fab.. #shruti is good too.. #do.#visit #Gabbar #in #theatres.. :D :D
amitt0842: Proud of gabbar akki rock .
Amarsinghakki: Finally I watched Gabbar.. #ProudOfGabbar
Amanjitghosh: #ProudOfGabbar Gabbar Rockz
alokpratap14: kuch critics ko paisa mila tha negativity failane ke liye par kuch nahi hoga gabbar is very nice movie #ProudOfGabbar
AkshitRajput1: #GabbarIsBack watched gabbar awsm movie
AkshayRules: Watched #GabbarIsBack last night just one word abt this film MINDBLOWING!! @akshaykumar No one can do this like you in Gabbar #PROUD
ahirwarmahendr1: Gabbar is Awosame film very nice.....
aditiupadhyay21: Gabbar is back superb movie must watch
abhyudaymj: Achhi movie thi Gabbar.. Loved it
abhayagrawalsr: Yes Gabbàr is great movie with a great cinematic arts. Yes #ProudOfGabbar and of Course Proud of you @akshaykumar
aaravasu: Saw #GABBAR FDLS with family and believe me whole family thouroughly enjoyed movie,no dull moment at all.....hatts off to @akshaykumar
980Ashi: Basanti will must dance for this gabbar..... #ProudOfGabbar
shreya_srk: saw #Gabbar .... Not bad .... 2.5*
futbolesqueAFC: watched #Gabbar last night! it's Akki's power that just about holds the film.. a lose plot with poor editing. . highlight? Kareena Kapoor ♥
_unclaimed: 'Gabbar is Back' just another clichéd bollywood movie. Total Torture!
Tushartwi: #GabbarIsBack #Gabbar #AkshayKumar Sir , I had lot of expectation from your movie but it was pathetic. Too boring.It was waste of Rs 200
stalreja112: Akshay Kumar u shdnt have done gabbar after giving BABY
sh3razzz: Bolly film with the cuzzy, bit of gabbar is back lol @akshaykumar
saveursmed1: Gabbar is Back review: Akshay Kumar's remake of a Tamil film is a complete disaster http://twitter.com/saveursmed1/status/594252730643918848/photo/1
romitgharat: #Gabbar great concept pathetically executed. Ill call this movie Kuchbhi.
rajdandy143: "So jao warna #Gabbar aajayega "!! #review 2/5 !! #GabbarIsBack !!
ImNoMoron: So, 'Gabbar is back' didn't work out like it should have. No problem, your life Also didn't work out as per your wishes and expectations.
hitesh_gulati: #Gabbar ...a must no watch : P
gurrughantal: GABBAR Is back and so is my HEADACHE
Dish_A18: Even if you are a staunch bollywood fan (like me), plz don't go for Gabbar - issued in public interest #failed #gabbar #DeathOfAmovie
deepz73: #GabbarIsBack ,,,Saw "Gabbar" typical pot boiler movie, 1 man fighting aganist the corruption&the corrupt,shown in all movies,,time waste
BeingAlBalushi: Ppl who r saying #GABBAR is complete entertainer n all but honestly there is nothing to entertain :( Even action scenes r ordinary n boring.
abhi_laash: Gabbar is back. But why?
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