There’s this constable Sadhu, whose only job is to bring samosas with extra sauce, apart from driving his boss (an oversized police officer) who mouths dialogues with an IQ of a seven-year-old.
When his suggestions of catching Gabbar is laughed at and he is mocked by officers of ACP rank (who have the arrogance of rich 18-year-olds) Sadhu decides to go on sick leave to nab Gabbar. Now, this Gabbar is not the one who evoked terror through the late Amjad Khan when SHOLAY released. In fact, this Gabbar is just the opposite-he rights the wrongs in the wrong way.
There is a systematic, system clean-up as he kidnaps corrupt government officials and kills them, thus sending fear into the hearts of the others who stop taking bribe. The system works well. Gabbar operates only in Maharashtra.
The nation is with him. Achhe Din have finally arrived!
There’s this girl who meets Gabbar on a deserted road in the night, pushes a heavily pregnant woman into his SUV, asks him to get out and delivers a baby, cutting the umbilical cord with a Swiss knife. She then asks him to remove his shirt. This same requests she repeats when he is invited at the naming ceremony of the child.
Then there’s this special officer who is given charge of the case (to nab Gabbar), since the local police are just having samosas after samosas. He crams an entire college (all students) in a small room in a lock-up, beats them up because they will not tell him who Gabbar is. Seriously, this is a case for Human Rights. But then, the bigger issue here is Gabbar.
The best part is when the wife of a corrupt ACP who has been killed by Gabbar pleads with her student son not to mention anything. Special officer is now convinced Gabbar is doing the right thing.
And yes, there is also this politician who keeps screaming, ”I am a brand’, until Gabbar shuts him up, bounces him like a tennis ball and flings him into his own swimming pool. Brand is now floating! Gabbar has become a bigger brand.
South remakes seems to be the craze in Bollywood, with south-style action, dialogue-baazi and kitsch moments. A R Murugadoss who directed the original Tamil film RAMANAA, in 2002 with Vijayakanth in the lead has Akshay Kumar playing Gabbar.
Truly, the khiladi is having the time of his life experimenting with idli, dosas and sambhar and devouring them with style.
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).
Now, if only the government servants pick up the cue and work with a sense of duty and service to the nation, we might just see a better India. But then, reel life and real life never complement each other.
This one is a mass entertainer!
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