Gabbar Is Back

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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.

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Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Action, Social
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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.

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
koimoi - "2/5"
Milliblog - "Gabbar may not appreciate what’s being passed off as a soundtrack behind his back."
Music Aloud – "5.5/10"

- 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

31 reviewers(?) - 6 yays 11 so-so 14 nays

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Thumbs up, by Parichay Mehta, Desi Martini : ...Gabbar is a breath of fresh air among India ka so-called lame Tyohaar.... full review

Thumbs up, by Zehra Abbas, : ...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 : ...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 Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Akshay the only saving grace... full review

So-So, by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini : ...An abrupt affair of another ‘fight-against-the-system’ film with some flaws, some moments of its own and Akshay Kumar.... full review

So-So, by sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...This Gabbar is meant strictly for the masala-of-yore fans... 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, : ...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 Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Gabbar Is Back. Wish he had stayed away.... 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 Krish Sripada, Desi Martini : ...Shoddy screenplay and exaggerated taking prevent a decent story from striking a chord!... full review

Thumbs down, by Divay Agarwal, Desi Martini : ...That one film out of the four that Akshay does without a storyline or great performances!... 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 Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...Gabbar is back, but you’ll wish he wasn’t... 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 ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...It has come at a time when the remake business has touched a plateau. Had it come in its infancy, Gabbar would not have sounded like babble... 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

112 tweeters(?) - 94 yays 2 so-so 16 nays

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. 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!

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

naushadalikha11: gud morn...the film gabbar is vry nice..his story also...N@..

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

khiladiPankaj: #ProudOfGabbar very well written movie, superb acting by every actor, well scripted dialogues... #Gabbar is a biggest brand in BOLLYWOOD..

khiladi_das_95: "@mariyachhataria: 'GABBAR IS A GOOD MAN'!!! & YESSS M PROUD OF GABBAR! :') @akshaykumar #ProudOfGabbar"

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

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!

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

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.

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

BishalLaskar: Gabbar is back saw twice..@akshaykumar one of his best film in his taken da big issue of our cournty..CORRUPTION..must watch

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 ♥

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

romitgharat: #Gabbar great concept pathetically executed. Ill call this movie Kuchbhi.

rajdandy143: "So jao warna #Gabbar aajayega "!! #review 2/5 !! #GabbarIsBack !!

Myquotes_pk: Akshay' s Gabbar is Unabashedly Massy and Also Rants and Moralises: For my money and time, Akshay is by far th...

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.

AKumarNews: Gabbar Is Back: Nothing new except Akshay's hairstyle!

abhi_laash: Gabbar is back. But why?

_unclaimed: 'Gabbar is Back' just another clichéd bollywood movie. Total Torture!

4 readers - 2 yays 2 so-so 0 nays

Want to Watch, by Anuj

Want to Watch, by TimELiebe : Hey - It's Got Akshay Kumar in it!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

Yay! Thumbs Up, by You Watch Free : A modern version of classic movie, two thumbs up for akshay.

So-So, by Anup : Novel Concept , Uninteresting Screenplay..

So-So, by Fan

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  • Language: Abusive language silenced out.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Item song.
  • Concept: Common man takes on the system.

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Running time:
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now Thats something interesting. 3 days to release and not a single comment. Buzz seems to be low.. Same goes for my locality in Delhi. Buzz is even less as compared to BABY.
As remake of a movie originally made by Murgadaas m looking forward to it. Even KRISH also a south indian Director has given some good movies in past.


@Anup : Akshay seems to be completely dis interested in promoting his films of late and hence the dip in his popularity and star value is evident. Had Holiday & Baby been released in 2008-09, they'd have been surefire Super Hits. But looking at Akshay's diminishing popularity now, even well received and accepted films like these two are just about performing Above Average at the theatres. High time Akshay shows a bit of interest in publicising his films, else he'd soon disappear into oblivion like he did during the late 90's and early 2000's.


Anuj- I feel its because the paceat which he is making movies , he doesnt get the chance to promote. He should stop, rest and concentrate on a particular movie at a time.
its always like he is shooting three movies at a time

@Anup - it there any rumored reason for Akshay Kumar's doing so many movies lately? Maybe a tax problem, like what happened to Nicholas Cage over here - or was it just that ROWDY RATHORE was such a huge hit that he started getting offers all over the place, and since he's not getting any younger (I read he's going to turn fifty this year) he's feathering his nest while he still can?

Anyway, since it's Akshay we'll probably see it - Tammy's a huge fan of his. :)


TimELiebe- Truely Akshay Kumar is on the path of CAGE but he Cage is making unwatchable movies now a days , hope that Akshay dont walk on such a disastrous path..


For the fact that it has been made by a South Indian director the movie could have totally been a South Indian product if Akshay would not have been there as a lead man..
Its the same old dish served in the same old manner nothing new in it.. I even fine the jokes less in quantity and also in quality as compared to BaBy which was a Non Commercial serious movie..
Akshay should stop wasting his talent on average movies..


So so film. Coming back to back with Holiday and Baby it offers no novelty factor.

The guys playing the brand called Patil and the CBI officer did impress. But only because they were new faces and didn't come with pre established images.

If you are an Akshay fan then you will enjoy it. For the others it will be a mixed bag.

Do credit the makers to go against the current trend and admit that taking the law into one's own hands is a no-no.

Finally all but one classic Gabbar dialogues were used, missed the Arrey oh Sambha!!


Direction: 1.5
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 2
Character Artists: 2

Dialogues: 2.5
Screenplay: 1.5
Music Director: 1
Lyrics: 0.5


No promotion, no publicity and yet the film is doing reasonably well at the box office. Once again goes on to prove the importance of audience tastes and the irrelevance of the media and critics.


Never heard this many 'taalis' & 'seetis' in a movie hall since the days of Dabangg & Singham. From HOLIDAY to BABY to GABBAR, the ageless Khiladi goes on and on and on.


Fan - Seriously ! U dont know Jaideep Ahlawat .! Who played the character of CBI officer..He was Sahid Khan in Gangs of Wassipur and Lead villain in Commando. Infact this was his least entertaining performence..


Anuj - Dont know which theater u were watching it but same seetis and taalis didnt seems to happen much in Delhi. But i do agree that without promotion movie has grossed really well just because of the genre. But then again , that doesnt proved how many of them liked it.
But what i do know is i went to watch this one with a very close frnd of mine who is a big FAN of AKSHAY and his views are much for bad as compared to me. I find the movie an average one, but he find it below average.


@Anup : PVR Forum value mall Whitefied B'lore. As for your query on 'proof' of how many people liked it, wait till the next weekend. If the movie trends well and goes strong at the theatres until then, its adequate proof for me to believe that the film is being appreciated by the audiences. Surprising part is that even imdb users who're more into the Queen's and ZNMD's of the world have rated this 8+ out of 10 :/


@Anuj-For me if a movie is running ok for 7 days or 10 days in a decent manner that doesnt mean that everybody has liked it . If a person is Akshay Kumar's fan, then he will watch the movie anyhow , if he is not a fan of Kumar, then he will not watch it if he hears that its a bad movie,,but if he hears that the movie is an average one then he will still gonna give a try on it. And also the situation of the date which the movie released is also a factor..
Last movie which is liked by the audience was Dum Lagake Haisa , a long gap has been there. Audience were starving for if not good but at least a watchable film. So everybody is gonna watch GABBAR doenst matter how the response or review were. Because its not a bad film its a decent one. So no doubt it will gross a lot.
And about the imdb rating,,it will go low with the time.


@Anup: Not watched any of the 2 films that you mention of Jaideep Ahlawat.


Fan- Seems like these two movies doesnt fall in the genre of ur liking.
U can give them a try if u r interested in his acting talent. Specially in Commando..


@Fan : So you've been making all sorts of negative comments against GOW for the last year or so without even watching it! WOW


Holiday : 3/5 (Above Average)
Baby : 4/5 (Excellent)
Gabbar : 3.5/5 (Good)

A good solid trilogy of films by fit man Akshay Kumar over the last 12 months. An ageless action hero in the true sense


@Anup: Commando - might give a try. GOW: tried it but was unable to sit through it.

@Anuj: once again, half baked knowledge. If you have followed diligently all my posts on GOW then I am sure you would have read that I quit midway in the film, I did not enjoy it at all. As Anup said, not my kind of films. Probably because made by guys who think just too much of themselves (somewhat like SLB, but at least SLB entertains once in a while).


Barring some absolute duds like Entertainment or Shaukeens, I do watch every Akshay Kumar film.

Ditto for Ajay Devgan films.

I do watch every Amitabh film, every Salman film, every Amir film, every Hrithik film.

Shahid, Ranbir: depends on the promos or word of mouth, so selective watching.

I tend to avoid a majority of Dharma and YRF products (once in a while they do make decent stuff, even though the % of such good films is abysmally low).

All the rest I watch on word of mouth provided they are not "parallel" stuff from overrated directors.

SRK: I try to avoid. His acting puts me off, although I do accept that he's a shrewd business man to be able to remain so powerful in India despite mediocre acting skills.


@Fan : Oh, brilliant. So u judge 5.5 hour long stories spanning over 4 decades based on the first quarter! Fyi, GOW-2 is far more entertaining and fast paced than the first one. But I guess making this argument is a futile exercise to a watcher whose "kind of films" rates Chennai Express ahead of a PK and perhaps even Satya!


Btw, which part of GOW did u watch? Did u start watching part-2 before the first one? If not, i'm sure you'd have recognized Jaideep Ahlawat as he was all over the screen in the first half of GOW part-1 (unless of course u were watching it with your eyes closed and hoping desperately that Rohit Shetty makes a Bol Bachchan-2 or Sajid Khan a Housefull-3)


@Fan Dude,I know tastes vary person to person,but I'll recommend you GOW strongly coz it has some terrific performances and power packed dialogs.It easily is one of the best movies Bollywood has made,at least in my opinion.


@Gokul- Totally agreed with you..For me its a masterpiece.
But there are people who think its a craps because of the treatment and the content.
Cant force anyone a movie which doesnt suit anyone's liking of genre.
Otherwise i recommend GOW to everyone, and almost everybody liked it as long as youth is considered.


@Anup : How many youth did u interview across the country in order to come to that conclusion? GOW was watched by a very limited audience in the first place. Its not a movie that catered to the sensibilities of mass audiences. The treatment was niche, dark, broody and slow paced. Majority of its appreciation came from the metropolitan audiences, that too only those who're into noir and crime genre.


Anuj- U must have misunderstood my comment..
By recommending m not suggesting them to go to the theater and watch it, rather i forced them to watch it from torrent. And the process is still in continuation. Still many of my known persons have not seen it , m still recommending it and people are still liking it. And i didnt get anyone atleast in my known circle who ever delete GOW 1&2 after watching it , they like it so much that they rewatch it again and again..
I only get person above 30-35 years who sometimes say its not a good film that also without watching it just because of the language and dark theme.


Anuj- So dont compare my comment to its box office performance, credit of the popularity of Anurag Kashyap totally goes to TORRENT , agreed by Anurag himself in an interview.
It will get time but one day will come when more people will watch movies made by him.


@Anup : This is not about AK or any director in particular. Its more about the noir genre in itself. Even all time classics like Parinda, Satya & Nayakan which imo are much better films than GOW have had extremely limited viewership among Indian audiences over the years. Mainly because dark gangster films do not have a universal appeal among our audiences (especially family audiences). As for Kashyap, for me his best film till date continues to be Black Friday (another movie with extremely limited viewership) and of course the screenplay of the classic Satya!


@Anup & Gokul : Frankly, I feel people who absolutely loved and adored GOW are perhaps the one's who've never watched Parinda & Satya and perhaps those who were of the belief that bollywood can never make a dark noir classic! Because compared to these 2, even the most ardent Anurag Kashyap fan would agree that GOW pales in comparison.


Anuj- Definitely a person who is not a movie freak and about an age of below 30 would not have even heard of Parinda , because its an old film and that too a non famous one. And yes both Satya and Parinda are better then GOW , that doesn't decreases the credit that GOW needs to get..


Anuj- And about Black Friday i find it on the same level of GOW , and Nayakan - i havnt heard of it earlier but now i will definitely watch it.

I've seen Satya and Parinda, even if a long time ago - almost when they released and I think Gangs of Wasseypur is more elaborate and engaging.


@Meetu : Perhaps you're more into slow paced, boring cinema which are 'elaborate' enough to be soap operas than silver screen cinema. Elaboration to the point of pointless boredom is the last thing I'd want in a movie and that's what I got while watching GOW-1. Part 2 however was fast paced and gripping, no doubt.

@Anup : I too am under 30 btw, and trust me, a lot of bollywood fans who're into crime/noir genre have watched and adored Parinda. Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar's breath taking performances are bound to make you fall in love with that film. The climax in particular is not for the faint hearted. Highly recommended movie, catch it up asap!


Speaking of noir cinema, how did i forget Deewaar. The big daddy of bollywood crime films, no Satya/Parinda/GOW comes anywhere close to that! All thanks to one man's on-screen persona of course.


@Meeta : As per Wogma ratings, how'd you rate Deewaar, Parinda, Satya, Company and Nayakan?

@Anuj Well yes, I don't find slow paced boring if there is meaning to the slow pace. It is all about the quality of the slow pace. And by the way, I am above 40. So, I doubt age has anything to do with it.

About ratings... I would have to watch Parinda and Satya again but from what I remember feeling I think they'd be "The keen must watch on screen, else DVD"

Deewar would certainly be "Catch on DVD for sure". Too melodramatic for my taste. :P I'm more a Silsila, Trishul,Kala Patthar, Mashaal, Lamhe person as far as Yash Chopra films go. I haven't seen Company or Nayakan.


Anuj- I have already seen Parinda , thats why i said that Parinda and Satya are better then GOW.
And the thing about the age i said because Parinda was not a movie which release after my birth, and its not a too famous movie. Many times it happens that people who are not movie freaks doesnt even recognise the movie. Even Anil Kapoor and Jackie fans dont knows which movie it is. I for myself gets to know about PARINDA while checking Directorial ventures of Vidhu Vinod Chopda as he was making his first Hollywood film Broken Horse. And wikipedia appreciated it alot , also the imdb rating. So i downloaded it , and i liked it a lot. And as always i force people to watch it. And they liked it too..


@Meeta : The melodrama in Deewar was necessary and that's exactly what culminated in some of the most epic dialogues in Hindi cinema. Trishul was equally melodramatic imo though! I never liked any other Yash Chopra movie barring Deewar, Trishul and Darr. The rest were too mushy and candy floss for my liking :P

@Anuj Kala Patthar and Mashaal - mushy? o.O


@Meeta : Haven't watched Mashaal. KP was uninteresting and low on entertainment value. With mushy, i'm referring to the regular YRF stuff like Silsila, Kabhi Kabhi, Chandni and all those over rated nonsense films like DTPH, VZ, JTHJ etc. Even DDLJ is highly over rated imo!

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