For Akshay Kumar, action and comedy are genres people have seen him the most in. And "Gabbar is Back" is nothing new. The Robinhood type character Aditya is a crusader against corruption and resorts to violence and bloodshed to achieve his means. And, as always in movies of this type, he has a backstory where his wife was killed in a building collapse incident.
You have seen Akshay Kumar being the crusader. He makes use of the Khiladi Kumar in him to avenge his wife’s death. This involves killing corrupt politicians and taking the help of anti-corruption crusaders. Of course, by the end of the film, he is celebrated even in death. However, the twists and turns and the short-lived romance of Akshay with Shruti Hassan have nothing to add to the mediocre script. Not much is expected considering the fact that the film is a remake of several other remakes.
Shruti Hassan has nothing much to add to the film. Kareena Kapoor has a blink-and-you-miss role with no spark in it. But one wonders why Akshay agreed to do a film of this sort where there is nothing new to give. We have already seen him kicking goons, making attempts to salvage social issues and romance actresses in between. Throwing in so many punches and going through the same rut can be a crowd puller but the buck stops there.
Romancing younger actresses is a trope Bollywood has been using over and over again. Hence, there is lack of novelty there as well. All in all, Gabbar is back is an easy miss. After all, there is very little you haven’t seen already. And we have nothing to say of Chitrangada Singh who does a petty item number in the film, and nothing else.