The buzz around Akshay Kumar's forthcoming film Gabbar Is Back is picking up steam with the actor sharing the first trailer of the film on Monday evening.
Clearly, like its name suggests, the film is an unapologetic attempt to cash in on one of Bollywood's most recognisable names: Amjad Khan as Gabbar in the 1970 cult classic,Sholay. But apart from the dialgoues picked from Ramesh Sippy's film, there is very little else that actually looks like THE Gabbar in his 2015 avatar.
Speaking at the trailer launch in Mumbai on Monday, Akshay Kumar said, "The entire nation knows Gabbar is the biggest villain. In that film, he killed all the good people. In this film too, this Gabbar is hitting out, but at the wrong people."
More than Sholay, the two-minute-fifty-one-second long video, however, reminds you of the Kamal Haasan-Urmila Matondkar-Manisha Koirala-starrer Hindustani. In the 1996 film directed by S Shankar, Kamal played double roles, as a vigilante bringing the corrupt to book and a commoner. In Gabbar Is Back, Akshay plays a similar role.
A description of the Gabbar Is Back by the production house says: "After a tragic incident, Ajay (Akshay) takes matters in his own hands and fights the system and corruption infected within the system. An underground vigilante army, a secret identity, an elaborate modus...all of these combined make a 'GABBAR' - a true hero, with dreadful villainous instincts."
Written by AR Murugadoss and Shiraz Ahmed and directed by Krish - Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi, the movie features Akshay Kumar as the head of an anti-corruption body. Shruti Haasan plays the female lead, with Kareena Kapoor Khan making a guest appearance. Gabbar also has Prakash Raj, Sunil Grover, Nikitan Dheer and Suman Talwar playing important roles.
The film is a remake of Tamil film Ramanaa, helmed by Murugadoss. Ramanaa was also remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi in the lead, and then in Kannada as Vishnu Sena with Vishnuvardhan in the lead role.
Talking about working with Murugadoss, Akshay said, "I have worked with Murugadoss who directed the original film Ramanna. He had written the film 11 years ago. I think doing this film Is a great way to stop corruption. I have always worked on different subjects and it depends on people what they pick up from his film."
Talking about his maiden venture, Krish had said earlier, "It's an out-and-out Akshay Kumar film. It is a mix of comedy and drama." Produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, the movie is slated to hit theatres on May 1.