Gabbar Singh (film)

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Gabbar Singh
Gabbar singh poster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Harish Shankar
Produced by Bandla Ganesh
Written by Abhinav Kashyap
Screenplay by Satish Vegesna
Ramesh Reddy[1]
Story by Pawan Kalyan
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Release dates
  • 11 May 2012 (2012-05-11)[2]
Running time
152 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget INR40 crore (US$6.3 million)[3]
Box office INR60 crore (US$9.4 million)(Share)[4]

Gabbar Singh is a 2012 Telugu action film produced by Bandla Ganesh under the Parameswara Art Productions and directed by Harish Shankar. The lead actors include Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan. Devi Sri Prasad who previously worked with Pawan Kalyan for Jalsa has composed the soundtrack for the film. The film is an adaptation of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg.[5][2] According to India Today, The film minted INR150 crore (US$24 million) gross with a Nett collection of INR63 crore (US$9.9 million).[6][7]


Venkataratnam Naidu is a young boy who lives with his younger half-brother (Ajay), stepfather Naidu (Nagineedu) and mother (Suhasini Maniratnam) in Kondaveedu which is a village in Guntur District. His stepfather is always partial towards his half-brother which constantly angers Venkataratnam. He starts to not care about what other people think about him and renames himself after "Gabbar Singh", a popular antagonist character from Sholay. His anger towards his brother and father grows and he runs away from home. His stepfather, Naidu catches him and joins him in a boarding school away from Kondaveedu.

21 years later, a scene shows a gang of robbers trying to steal money from a bank in Kondaveedu, when Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan), now a cop, tries to recover the money by beating up the robbers. It is revealed that Gabbar Singh is now posted as a C.I. (Circle Inspector) for the Kondaveedu region. His anger towards his brother and Naidu remains the same and lives separately from them. He wants to live with his mother in his new house, but she instead wants him to stay with her and Naidu. Ajay is a gambling addict and has loans all over the village. Gabbar Singh falls in love with a handicraft vendor named Bhagya Lakshmi (Shruti Haasan), whom he chances upon during a police raid that he conducts against gambling.

It is revealed that the robbers who tried to steal are actually the henchmen of an upcoming politician named Siddhappa Naidu (Abhimanyu Singh). He with the help of his uncle (Tanikella Bharani) want to be a MLA of Kondaveedu. He meets Gabbar Singh and tries to appreciate him for catching the robbers. Gabbar Singh flatly refuses and tells Siddhappa that he actually knows who he is and tells him to behave himself.

Angered by Gabbar Singh's response, Siddhappa Naidu sends goons to disrupt the market yard in Kondaveedu. Gabbar Singh confronts the goons and defeats them with ease to reopen the market yard. Even more enraged, Siddhappa now plans to kill Gabbar Singh but his uncle instead advises him to speak with the Minister (Rao Ramesh) about transferring Gabbar Singh out of Kondaveedu. Siddhappa and his uncle meet the minister, who simply denies their request stating that Gabbar Singh is a sincere and honest cop and transferring him during the elections would be bad for the party. He also advises Siddhappa to make peace with Gabbar Singh or it would hurt his political aspirations.

Meanwhile, Gabbar Singh meets Bhagya Lakshmi and proposes marriage. She rejects it saying that she has to look after her father (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who is always drunk and she cannot marry while he is alive. Gabbar Singh then comes home to find his mother dead. He goes to his stepfather to make peace, as he is the only family left. His stepfather rejects and despises him as an outcast. Gabbar Singh is then attacked at the handicraft exhibition by Siddhappa's men, when he is with Bhagya Lakshmi; he kills all of them in a fight and goes to Siddhappa's house. He confronts Siddhappa and warns him to stop bothering him and tells him that he will not allow Siddhappa to become a MLA for Kondaveedu.

Provoked by Siddhappa's men, Gabbar Singh's brother hits one of his creditors brutally and injuring him. Siddhappa calls the police station to warn them about the fight. Gabbar Singh beats up his brother in public, thus disgracing him. Siddhappa decides to take advantage of the situation and suspend Gabbar Singh. He takes Gabbar Singh's brother and his father to the police station. But Naidu resolves the situation by accepting an apology from Gabbar Singh. Angered by the outcome, Siddhappa tells Gabbar Singh that something big will happen in the next 24 hours and tells him to stop it if he can. Gabbar Singh interrogates the henchmen of Siddhappa and finds out that Siddhappa arranged the marriage of Bhagya lakshmi with a local merchant by paying her father a lot of money. Gabbar Singh goes to the wedding and confronts Bhagya Lakshmi whether she loves him or not. Bhagya Lakshmi reveals her love and Gabbar marries her in the same event.

Siddhappa, as a last effort tries to bribe the high command to get a party nomination to contest in the election. He offers INR50 million to get the ticket. Gabbar Singh comes to know of the arrangement and steals the money that Siddhappa sends to the high command. Gabbar Singh's brother in desperate need of money is approached by Siddhappa. He offers help and money and in exchange asks him to work for his elections. Siddhappa orders him to deliver a cellphone (an iPhone 4 box) and a box of sweets to the Minister's house. But, unknown to him, a bomb is placed in the sweet box. After he leaves the house, it explodes, killing the Minister. Knowing that it was Gabbar Singh's brother who did the blast, the police commissioner (Jaya Prakash Reddy) suspends Gabbar Singh. Gabbar Singh confronts his stepfather Naidu tells him about his brother. Naidu suffers a heart attack after hearing the news and is hospitalized. Gabbar Singh takes care of Naidu at the hospital, thus bonding again. Gabbar's brother who is shocked by the events and the blast is convinced by Siddhappa to kill Gabbar before the later catches him. Although he has no intention to kill his brother, he accepts to do it to escape from them and meets Gabbar Singh. He confesses to Gabbar that he was sent to kill him by Siddhappa. He reveals to Gabbar that Siddhappa made him plant the bomb and that he never knew what was in the box. Gabbar tries to take him to the commissioner for a confession against Siddhappa. But Siddhappa calls Gabbar on his phone and reveals to him that he killed Gabbar's mother. In a final Battle, Gabbar arrives to Siddhappa's house and takes down the goons and kills Siddhappa. In the final scene it is shown that, Gabbar Singh hires most of the Siddhappa henchmen and gives them police jobs.



The film was released worldwide on 11 May 2012.[2] The film was released worldwide in around 2500 theaters.[8]

Pre-release business[edit]

Gabbar Singh Pre-release business[9]
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
Satellite rights with a TV channel INR9 crore (US$1.4 million)
Domestic distribution rights INR32 crore (US$5.0 million)
Karnataka Rights INR4 crore (US$630,000)
Nizam Distribution rights INR12.5 crore (US$2.0 million)
Overseas & home video rights INR3.5 crore (US$550,000)
Music rights INR1 crore (US$160,000)
Total INR45 crore (US$7.1 million)
  • The figures don't include the Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie received extremely positive response from movie-going audience. termed it as "A Solid Entertainer".[11] termed it as "Pawan Strikes".[12] termed it as "Power of Pawanism".[13]

Box office[edit]

Gabbar Singh created a new opening day box office record and subsequently created the records for the highest grossing weekend and highest grossing first week in the Telugu film industry.[14] It also stands amongst highest openers ever in the Indian film industry. On its first day the film grossed approximately INR18 crores generating a net share of approximately INR130 million.[14] The film has collected a record net share of INR42.55 crores worldwide with a record first week share of INR280 million from Andhra Pradesh alone.[15][16] At the end of two weeks the film has collected a record share of INR518.5 million world wide.[17] The total three weeks share of the film now stands at INR580 million.[18] The film has grossed more than US$1 million at the United States box office. According to Business Standard, the film has collected INR1287.5 million (US$20 million) gross in the first three weeks.[19] The film has completed 50 days in 307 centres on 29 June 2012. Sources added that "Gabbar Singh" has also registered another record of running in 250 direct centers.[20] The film has shattered the box office collections records and has created a new history by raking around INR630 million share after 50 days run.[21] According to India Today, Gabbar singh collected INR150 crore (US$24 million) gross and Nett collection of INR63 crore (US$9.9 million).[22][23]

Home media[edit]

The VCD's, DVD's & Blu-ray Disc's of the film were released by Sri Balaji Videos on 22 August 2012 on the occasion of Mega star Chiranjeevi's birthday.[24] The Satellite rights were purchased by Gemini TV for a price of around INR9 crore (US$1.4 million)[25] which is a record sum and was broadcast on 14 January 2013 on the occasion of Sankranthi festival.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Category Nominee Result
Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2012[27] Best Actor - Male Pawan Kalyan Won
Best Music Director Devi Sri Prasad Won
TSR - TV9 National Film Awards 2012[28] Best Playblack Singer - Male Vaddepalli Srinivas - "Ey Pillaa" Won
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards[29] Best Film Bandla Ganesh Nominated
Best Director Harish Shankar Won[30]
Best Cinematographer Jayanan Vincent Nominated
Best Actor Pawan Kalyan Won[30]
Best Actress Shruti Haasan Won[30]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Suhasini Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role Abhimanyu Singh Nominated
Best Comedian Sreenu Won[30]
Best Music Director Devi Sri Prasad Won[31]
Best Male Playback Singer Shankar Mahadevan for "Akasam Ammayaithe" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Mamta Sharma for "Kevvu Keka" Nominated
Best Fight Choreographer Ram Lakshman Won[31]
Best Dance Choreographer Ganesh for "Dekho Dekho Gabbar Singh" Nominated
CineMAA Awards 2013[32] Best Actor (Male) Pawan Kalyan Won
Best Comedian Antyakshari Team Won
Best Director Harish Shankar Won
Best Film Bandla Ganesh Won
Best Choreographer Ganesh Won
Best Editor Gowtham Raju Won
60th Filmfare Awards South[33] Best Film Bandla Ganesh Nominated
Best Director Harish Shankar Nominated
Best Actor (Male) Pawan Kalyan Won[34]
Best Music Director Devi Sri Prasad Won[34]
Best Lyrics Sahithi Pawan - "Kevvu Keka" Nominated
Best Playback Singer (Male) Vaddepalli Srinivas - "Pillaa" Won[34]
Mirchi Music Awards South 2012[35] Best Album of the Year – Jury Choice Devi Sri Prasad Won
Best Album of the Year – Listeners Choice Devi Sri Prasad Won
Best Song of the Year – Jury Choice "Akasam Ammayaithe" Won
Best Song of the Year – Listeners Choice "Kevvu Keka" Won
Best Composer of the Year Devi Sri Prasad Won
Santosham Film Awards 2013[36] Best Editor Gowtham Raju Won


The soundtrack of the film was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. On 15 April 2012, Pawan Kalyan along with Bandla Ganesh, Harish Shankar and few others visited Tirumala, where they released the first song from the film. Soon after that they went to Visakhapatnam and visited Simhachalam Temple where they released the second song from the film. The audio was released on 15 April 2012 through Aditya Music label and audio launch event took place at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad on the same day. Popular Telugu actor Kota Srinivasa Rao lent his vocals for a song in the film. Lyrics for the two songs were penned by Sahithi and remaining songs were written by Ramajogayya Sastry, Chandrabose, Devi Sri Prasad and Bhaskarabhatla.[37]

Gabbar Singh
Soundtrack album by Devi Sri Prasad
Released 15 April 2012 (2012-04-15)
Recorded 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 23:08
Language Telugu
Label Aditya Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Gabbar Singh
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Dekho Dekho Gabbar Singh"   Ramajogayya Sastry Baba Sehgal & Naveen Madhav 4:21
2. "Akasam Ammayaithe"   Chandrabose Shankar Mahadevan & Gopika Poornima 4:53
3. "Mandu Baabulam"   Sahithi Kota Srinivasa Rao & Chorus 1:35
4. "Pillaa"   Devi Sri Prasad Vaddepalli Srinivas & Pawan Kalyan 3:49
5. "Dil Se"   Bhaskarabhatla Karthik & Swetha Mohan 4:23
6. "Kevvu Keka"   Sahithi Mamta Sharma & Murali 4:07
Total length:


The original Hindi film Dabangg, directed by Abhinav Singh Kashyap, was remade in several languages and still found success in the respective regional cinemas. The film was remade in Tamil as Osthi in 2011 which was also directed by S. Dharani. Malaika Arora appears both in Hindi and Telugu versions while Sonu Sood reprises his original role in Tamil.

Gabbar Singh
Salman Khan Simbu Pawan Kalyan
Sonakshi Sinha Richa Gangopadhyay Shruti Hassan
Arbaaz Khan Jithan Ramesh Ajay
Dimple Kapadia Revathi Suhasini Maniratnam
Vinod Khanna Nassar Nagineedu
Mahi Gill Saranya Mohan Gayatri Rao
Sonu Sood Sonu Sood Abhimanyu Singh
Mahesh Manjrekar Ganesh Janardhanan Kota Srinivasa Rao
Malaika Arora Mallika Sherawat Malaika Arora


Pawan Kalyan announced his intention to star in Gabbar Singh 2, which he would begin working on after his film Atharintiki Daaredi released in October 2013.[38] however, the film got postponed due to the political entry of pawan kalyan and is set to go on floors in december 2014. The film will not be a prequel or sequel to the original Gabbar Singh, but a stand-alone film within the Gabbar Singh franchise.[39] Sampath Nandi has been named as the film's director, with Devi Sri Prasad set to write the film's music.[40] but later K.S. Ravindra (Bobby) of Power fame was announced as the director. Anisha Ambrose is announced as the lead female role.


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