Gabbar Is Back

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Gabbar Is Back
Gabbar is back first look.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKrish
Produced by
Screenplay byRajat Arora
Based onRamanaa
by A. R. Murugadoss
Starring
Music by
CinematographyNirav Shah
Edited byRajesh G. Pandey
Production
company
Bhansali Productions
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 1 May 2015 (2015-05-01)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget72 crore[1]
Box office105.48 crore[2]

Gabbar Is Back, also known as Gabbar is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language action film[3] directed by Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.[4] Featuring Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles, the film is a remake of the 2002 Tamil film Ramanaa, directed by A. R. Murugadoss, which was later remade in Telugu as Tagore in 2003 and in Kannada as Vishnu Sena in 2005. Suman Talwar, Sunil Grover and Jaideep Ahlawat appear in supporting roles with Kareena Kapoor in a cameo. The movie has garnered a good box office success and Akshay Kumar's acting was critically praised.[5]

Plot[edit]

The police get information that 10 tehsildars across Maharashtra have been mysteriously kidnapped. But they are mysteriously returned – except the most corrupt officer, who is hanged. The police get a CD from mystery man 'Gabbar', who says his mission is to target corrupt officers. Police driver Sadhuram (Sunil Grover) is convinced he can crack the mystery of who is Gabbar, but his superior officers humiliate and insult him in front of the other officers. He still finds out from the tehsil to the district offices that there is one honest officer in each department with a link to Gabbar, who's none other than professor Aditya Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar).

Aditya one day takes his girlfriend Shruti (Shruti Haasan) to the Patil Hospital where doctors insist on taking expensive tests despite of minimal injury, making him aware of their dirty tricks. He deliberately checks in a poor woman's dead husband as a patient and the doctors try to swindle money out of Aditya by pretending to treat the already dead man, making him pay heavily for tests and medicines. However, Aditya shows them the death certificate as a proof of their knowingly admitting a dead man. The young owner of the hospital, Vikas Patil (Vikas Shrivastav), is furious when Aditya releases the video of the hospital's corruption to the media despite of having struck a deal with him. Vikas is murdered by the enraged public, and his father Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar) sees Aditya in the hospital CCTV footage, only to realize this is the same man he had supposedly killed 5 years ago.

It is soon revealed that Aditya's pregnant wife Sunaina (Kareena Kapoor Khan) died when the buildings in their colony collapsed and killed hundreds of other people too. Aditya collected proof of the faulty buildings against builder Digivijay, who bribed everyone and tried to bribe Aditya too by offering Rs. 1 crore to spare the matter, but Aditya spurned the offer by fighting everyone in the room and nearly killing Digvijay. Aditya spared him when the latter asked for forgiveness but backstabbed and left him for dead. However, a bus full of medical students found the unconscious Aditya on a highway and saved his life. He then decided to use the power of idealistic, young, honest youths and trained students at National College to join his cause. Meanwhile, Sadhuram finds that all the honest officers attended National College for graduation. Shruti finds out Aditya as Gabbar and is shocked but when he tells her the truth, she supports his cause.

CBI officer Kuldeep Pahwa (Jaideep Ahlawat) takes charge of the case and is mystified by the facts. He listens to Sadhuram's findings, and they arrest National College students. Upon being beaten, the students do not divulge anything about Gabbar. Shruti tells Kuldeep that because the law doesn't work, a vigilante like Gabbar is a hero for ordinary citizens. Sadhuram changes his view of Gabbar. Digvijay kills an honest officer to terrorize others into passing his faulty building plans. Gabbar targets Digvijay for his act. Digvijay throws a birthday party for himself, and as he cuts the cake, he spots Aditya. Aditya and his gang kidnap him. As police search the city for Digvijay in vain, Aditya kills Digvijay in a fight that ensues between the two, following which he surrenders himself to the police and eventually is given the death penalty. There are huge public protests and enraged students block his jail van. Pahwa requests him to speak to the students and he does, telling them to channel their anger against corruption and be the change society needs.

Cast[edit]

Shruti Haasan and Akshay Kumar during the film's trailer launch.
  • Akshay Kumar as Professor Aditya Singh Rajput a.k.a. Gabbar
  • Shruti Haasan as Shruti
  • Kareena Kapoor as Sunaina Singh, Aditya's late wife (cameo appearance)
  • Suman Talwar as Digvijay Patil
  • Sunil Grover as Police driver Sadhuram
  • Jaideep Ahlawat as C.B.I Officer Kuldeep Pahwa
  • Ishita Vyas as Veena
  • Raj Singh Arora as Govind Gawde
  • Shruti Bapna as Lakshmi
  • Ravi Prakash as Ravi
  • Manoj Chandila as Vikas Patil, Digvijay's son
  • Ninad Kamat as Police Inspector
  • Saanvi Talwar as Reporter
  • Fareed Ahmed as Parvesh
  • Vikas Shrivastav as Inspector Vikas
  • Anuradha Chandan as Govind's mother
  • Jehangir R Karkaria as Comic Doctor of Patil Hospital
  • Narendra Jetly as Senior Doctor
  • Afreen as Isha Dutta
  • Sai Ballal as Chandrakant Gawde
  • Jagdish Rajpurohit as Sub Inspector Yadav
  • Shivraj Wahekar as Police Commissioner Pant
  • Rajeev Kacho as Vishwas Sawant
  • Anandeshwar Dwivedi as Newsreader
  • Uttam Haldar as Ward boy
  • Krishna Raaz as Shanti Nagpal
  • Prateek Srivastava as Hari
  • Chandraprakash Thakur as Thakur
  • Ravi as Ravi
  • Pradeep Shukla as Home Minister
  • Kumud Shaw as Dr Kumud
  • Jitendra Trehan as Dr Manoj Verma
  • Sai Bilal as Chandrakant Gakwe
  • Deepak Dhadwal as Principal, National College
  • Ruby as Varsha
  • Chitrangada Singh Special appearance in an item song "Aao Raja"

Soundtrack[edit]

Gabbar Is Back
Soundtrack album by
Released20 April 2015 (2015-04-20)
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length16:02
LabelZee Music Company

The songs of Gabbar Is Back are composed by Chirantan Bhatt, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Manj Musik, while the lyrics are written by Manoj Yadav, Kumaar, Sahil Kaushal, Manj Musik, Raftaar and Big Dhillon.

No.TitleLyricsMusicSingersLength
1."Teri Meri Kahaani"Manoj YadavChirantan BhattArijit Singh, Palak Muchhal5:31
2."Coffee Peetey Peetey"KumaarChirantan BhattDev Negi, Paroma Das Gupta3:38
3."Aao Raja"Sahil KaushalYo Yo Honey SinghNeha Kakkar, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Teflon4:01
4."Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega"Manj Musik, Raftaar, Big DhillonManj MusikManj Musik, Raftaar2:52
Total length:16:02

Critical response[edit]

Bollywood Hungama rated the film 3 stars out of 5, writing that "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."[6] Similarly, Koimoi rated it 3 stars out of 5, along with writing "If you enjoy films which have the good vs evil story with full on action and 'Dhamakedaar' dialogues, this is your film."[7] Hindustan Times rated it 3 stars out of 5, stating that "Gabbar Is Back is a full on ‘masala’ film with a lot of applause worthy scenes. The buck stops at Akshay Kumar."[8] The Times of India rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5, writing that "Now, Gabbar Is Back – and you'll feel his return rocks."[9] Zee News also rated it 3.5 stars out of 5, writing that "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."[10] Subhash K. Jha of Bollywood Hungama wrote that "Akshay Gives The Super-Hero A New Definition."[11] Hindustan Times audio news praised the screen presence of Akshay Kumar.[12] Deccan Chronicle described the movie as "cliched but enjoyable in bits".[13] Business Standard posted the ratings of IANS which gave 4 stars to the movie.[14]

Box Office[edit]

Gabbar is Back grossed 105 crore (equivalent to 118 crore or US$17 million in 2018) world-wide.[15]

Character map of remakes[edit]

The film is a remake of the 2002 Tamil film Ramanaa, directed by A. R. Murugadoss, which was later remade in many other languages.

Ramanaa 2002
(Tamil)
Tagore 2003
(Telugu)
Vishnu Sena 2005
(Kannada)
Tiger 2007
( Bengali)
Gabbar Is Back 2015
(Hindi)
Untitled Villayat Hussain Project
(Urdu)
Vijayakanth Chiranjeevi Vishnuvardhan Mithun Chakraborty Akshay Kumar Owais Khan
Ashima Bhalla Shriya Saran Gurleen Chopra Debashree Roy Shruti Haasan Neelam Muneer
Simran Jyothika Lakshmi Gopalaswamy Rajatava Dutta Kareena Kapoor Khan Eraj Hasnain
Vijayan Sayaji Shinde Ashutosh Rana Dulal Lahiri Suman Talwar
Mukesh Rishi Puneet Issar Pankaj Dheer George Baker Jaideep Ahlawat
Yugi Sethu Prakash Raj Ramesh Arvind Sudip Mukherjee Sunil Grover

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabbar Is Back : 3rd Weekend Box Office Collections. Koimoi.com (18 May 2015). Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ Bollywood Hungama. "Special Features: Box Office: Worldwide Collections of Gabbar Is Back – Box Office, Bollywood Hungama". Bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ GABBAR IS BACK - British Board of Film Classification
  4. ^ "Big plans for Akshay Kumar's 'Gabbar Is Back'". The Indian Express. 11 March 2015.
  5. ^ "After rowdy, Bhansali turns Akshay into Gabbar". Times of India. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ Gabbar Is Back Review. Bollywoodhungama.com (1 May 2015). Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  7. ^ Redkar, Surabhi (1 May 2015) KoiMoi – Gabbar Is Back. M.koimoi.com. Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ Vats, Rohit (3 May 2015) Gabbar Is Back review. Hindustan Times. Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  9. ^ Das, Srijana Mitra (1 May 2015) Gabbar Is Back Movie Review. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 28 October 2016.
  10. ^ Handoo, Ritika. (5 January 2015) Gabbar Is Back movie review. Zeenews.india.com. Retrieved on 2016-10-28.
  11. ^ Bollywood Hungama (30 April 2015). "Subhash K Jha speaks about Gabbar Is Back | Latest Movie Features". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Gabbar Is Back review: Akshay Kumar steals the thunder in this action-packed masala film". www.hindustantimes.com/. Hindustan times. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Movie review 'Gabbar Is Back': Too cliched but enjoyable in bits". Deccanchronicle.com. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  14. ^ "'Gabbar Is Back' – Akshay redefines superhero". Business Standard.
  15. ^ "Gabbar is Back - Lifetime Box Office Collection, Budget, Reviews, Cast, etc". BOTY. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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