Inspired by a movie character in Sholay, Venkataratnam, a policeman, calls himself Gabbar Singh. He's postedin a village where an area thug wants to join politics and also lures his stepbrother to hitch him.


Harish Shankar


Abhinav Kashyap (story), Dilip Shukla (story) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Pawan Kalyan ... Gabbar Singh / Venkatrathnam Naidu
Shruti Haasan ... Bhagya Laxmi (as Shruti K. Haasan)
Abhimanyu Singh ... Siddhappa Naidu
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Brahmanandam ... Recovery Ranjith Kumar
Tanikella Bharani
Ali ... Samba
Nagineedu Nagineedu
Rao Ramesh
Satyam Rajesh
Fish Venkat Fish Venkat
Gayatri Rao Gayatri Rao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malaika Arora ... Item number Kevvu Keka


Venkatarathnam Naidu (Pawan Kalyan), son of Suhasini and step son of Nagineedu calls himself as Gabbar Singh after liking the character from Sholay. He turns as a cop and gets posted to his hometown Kondaveedu. Siddhappa Naidu (Abhimanyu Singh) is a local goon in the village who aspires to turn politician and finally it leads to the rivalry between the two. Meanwhile, the cop sees a village girl Bhagyalakshmi (Shruti Haasan) and falls for her. Siddappa will put on his efforts and turns Ajay, Gabbar Singh step bother his side. How does Gabbar Singh solve all the issues and fights with Siddhappa is crux of the story. Written by sahith

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"Gabbar Singh" created a new opening day box office record and subsequently created new records for the highest grossing weekend and highest grossing first week in the Telugu film industry. It also stands amongst highest openers ever in the Indian film industry. See more »


Referenced in Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde (2013) See more »


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The blockbuster of 2012 has to be remake of another blockbuster "Dabanng" just with Telugu Nativity.
17 September 2014 | by bradduggSee all my reviews

The blockbuster of 2012 has to be remake of another blockbuster "Dabanng" just with Telugu Nativity.

Now, it is considered to be remake of the Salman Khan starrer "Dabanng" and now we have similar recipe for the Telugu food loving people. Yet, except the plot line, I am not sure if there are any similarities. Now, I have not seen "Dabanng" and I did not want to see this film either coz this does not work for my sensibilities. I was said that this the best film of Pawan Kalyan after "Khushi", that came nearly 10 years ago. I was also told that there are few scenes that are brazenly original and highly comical like Antakshari scene etc. So I watched it one day in Sandhya Theatre, nearby my home. I was disappointed and started arguing with all those so called Pawan Kalyan fans.

Now, what is original, the movie is something that we know, the title itself is a name of villain in "Sholay" and that Antakshari scene was done very well in a good original film "Aithe". So now, I was wondering what is original, yet this turns out to be super duper hit and indeed a blockbuster. Last year too we had a similar case, where "Dookudu" was a Telugu inspiration of the German Film "Goodbye Lenin". So this is where we stand, we embrace this and more bad things we are offered, more is what we love to eat.

Gabbar Singh belongs to that very league again, just that here Pawan Kalyan who tried experiments but failed like "Johnny" gets back a slice to have his meal and now I suppose, he is satisfied with this dish. Having said that, there are few plus points and that is Music, Devisri Prasad has given some tunes and lyrics that are worth listening for many number of times, till we again delete them from collection. At least "Mandubaabulam" is one song and "Pilla" is another that will stick with for long time to come.

I can't say much of this mediocre film in which we get to see same thing over and over and over again, and more worse is we never to have better films, we loved the bad films before, now we are addicted to them. Except few dialogues, I did not like anything in this, acting is stereotypical and the setup is age-old. If not for Pawan Kalyan, I dare say this film would have been a dud, but he brought something called "Pawan style" and that's what sold the film is what I believe.

A standard 2/5 for an average film. Don't except anything ever please and you will be happy at the end.

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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Policewala Gunda See more »

Filming Locations:

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India


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INR300,000,000 (estimated)
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