పవన్కల్యాణ్ హీరోగా నటించిన చిత్రం ‘సర్దార్ గబ్బర్సింగ్’ ఏప్రిల్ 8న సర్దార్ ప్రేక్షకుల ముందుకు వస్తున్న సంగతి అందరికీ తెలిసిందే. ఈ చిత్రంలో కాజల్ తొలిసారి పవన్కల్యాణ్తో జంటగా నటించారు. బాబీ దర్శకత్వం వహించిన ఈ చిత్రాన్ని శరత్ మరార్, సునీల్ లుల్లా నిర్మించారు. దేవిశ్రీ ప్రసాద్ సంగీతం సమకూర్చారు. 2012లో విడుదలై విజయం సాధించిన ‘గబ్బర్సింగ్’ చిత్రానికి ఫ్రాంచైజ్ గా ఈ చిత్రాన్ని తెరకెక్కించారు. రిలీజ్ దగ్గర పడుతుండటంతో రూమర్స్తో పాటు మంచి అర్టికల్స్ వస్తున్నాయి. ఈ అర్టికల్ బాగుంది.
Pawan Kalyan’s charisma needs no introduction and every time you watch his film in theatres, the moment he appears on screen, you hear a cheer unlike anything you’ve heard before. It’s almost as if a nerve of ecstasy tears open in people’s minds and the result is euphoric to say the least. Back in 2012, when after a series of lacklustre films which couldn’t do justice to Pawan Kalyan’s stardom, Pawan Kalyan surprised us as a daring and dashing cop in ‘Gabbar Singh’, a remake of Dabbang. Welcoming Chulbul Pandey, the character played by Salman Khan in Dabbang, in Telugu in the form of Gabbar Singh was no mean feat. After all, Dabanng, when viewed beyond the quirks of its male character, just seemed like another cop-comedy outing that the audiences in the South had kind of outgrown. But, Harish Shankar, the director of Gabbar Singh, proved us wrong and how! He did a lot of homework to adapt the film to suit the local sensibilities and give Pawan Kalyan’s a reason to celebrate. Who knew that the actor had a comic side to his persona, which hadn’t unleashed in years! And it all came together in Gabbar Singh’s wit and quirks in the film.
Acting in remakes is like playing with a double edged sword. Yes, there’s a reference to bank upon; however, unless the remake gives a new spin to the original story and the actor owns it up like the film was meant for him, the film might not work with the audience. For every Gabbar Singh, there’s an Osthe (Simbu’s version in Tamil), which show how things could go wrong when one merely does a frame-to-frame remake.
Moreover, the name, Gabbar Singh, came with a lot of responsibility, since it’s named after an iconic character in Sholay. Anything in excess could have easily invited backlash from several quarters. What Harish Shankar and Pawan Kalyan successfully inherited is the character’s (Chulbul Pandey) sense of humour and the no-nonsense nature, the supreme confidence, indulgence, the mood-swings and what not. Do we need to say about the famous Antakshari scene or the Kabaddi sequence? It’s easy to forget that Gabbar Singh is a remake, when such series of sequences follow suit, one after the other. DSP’s music, the uncoventional pairing of Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan, the action-humour mix were enough to seal the deal for the film.
Is there a character that been done-to-death more than that of a cop in Indian cinema? For Pawan Kalyan though, his other two cop-outings, Annavaram and Puli were at two different ends of the spectrum. The former had little time to showcase Powerstar as a cop, the latter was a case of things going overboard. Harish Shankar, took the middle-path as a filmmaker. He gave the freedom for PK to explore himself and register his presence. The fun side of his brought so much life to the film, as the story as such was a straightforward one. The naming of a police station after himself, being a good son, a controlled flirt, a naughtiness to his candid side, were aspects that further enriched Gabbar Singh’s characterisation. No wonder, hell-broke loose at the ticket window as the film released.
What the Hindi version ensured in terms of the action-episode, styling was fittingly replaced by adding more juice to the lead character, which in the Telugu scenario was justifiable, given its fascination to celebrate its male leads. The timing of the film was such an apt one for PK after Teenmaar, Panjaa which couldn’t shape the actor’s charisma, as lively as the fans would expect. That also is a credit to the fact that Harish Shankar was a fan of PK besides being a director. He taking about a year’s time to shape the character on-screen made all the difference for his and PK’s career.
Even before the sequel was announced, there were so many shades of Gabbar Singh that one got to see, that PK deserved another go at it for sure. So, Sardaar Gabbar Singh in that sense is no surprise to his fans. So far, very little has been revealed about the film, except that Sardaar Gabbar Singh has been promoted as a CI and transferred to Rattanpur, a former princely state, close to the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana-Chattisgarh border. Yes, we do know that Arshi (Kajal) will fall in love Sardaar and the latter will lock horns with Bhairon Singh (Sharad Kelkar); however, the makers have been playing smart to keep everything under the wraps until the film releases. In a way, it’s almost like an oyster which has a pearl hidden inside its outer shell. We can’t wait to see the pearl this year. It’s been quite a long wait already to see Powerstar shine on screen in a massy avatar, a role that he hasn’t played in a while now.
For the first time since Johnny, which released in 2003, Pawan Kalyan himself has written the story and screenplay for a film and he’s confident that he’ll not disappoint his fans this time. That’s a mouth-watering prospect for sure. We can’t wait to see his mouth spontaneous one-liners in the company of Samba, the Gabbar Singh gang, the princess Kajal all giving him the impetus too. In the end, after watching the film, all we want to say is just two words – Kevvu Keka!
– Vrinda Prasad