There’s a vigilante on the loose who likes swooping upon the dirty and the corrupt and putting the spotlight on them. That, in one thin line, is the plot of the latestAkshay Kumar’s ‘Gabbar is Back’, in which he stars In and As a latter-day Gabbar, the Good Bad Guy Who Is Out To Fix The System.
Being the ‘hero’ of such an enterprise gives Akshay has room to do everything he’s done before, and not one thing new. He kicks and punches and pummels and roars, fronting a name that is a throwback to one of Bollywood’s most enduring baddies. There’s more: he locks a door, turns around and wades into the villains. Now where did we see that one before?
The trouble with this remake of a Tamil actioner is the trouble most such products are beset with: same strange lost-in-transmission flavor which doesn’t transfer, mustachioed bad guys who look as if they’ve showed up from a different set, a leading lady who pops up for comic relief, and dialogues delivered at a decibel that threaten to damage your ear drums.
The only difference that Akshay Kumar offers is a change in hairstyle–wavy, full. In the rest, he goes about buoying the silly, senseless script as much as he can, executing questionable acts with a tossed-off comment : ‘but Gabbar is a criminal!’ To which we are supposed to say, no, no, of course not, Gabbar is a fine, fine person driven to these lengths because of `circumstances’, full `filmi’ style.