is Gabbarsingh and yes he is on Dhookudu"!!!!!"
It was an unusual
Thursday evening. My roommate finished his work early and rushed home.
His friends were all geared up calling each other trying to find out
who is going to
up who. I surprised myself by planning my clothes, car
fuel, route to theatre, travel time and traffic conditions a day in
advance. Once I reached World Gate 9 theatre in Virginia, I was
disappointed to see an empty street. There was no crowd, hungama or
any trace of craze we see for the first day show of a big Telugu hero.
I thought since I was over enthusiastic and reached an hour before the
show, I didn't find people around. I immersed myself in an animated
conversation with my friends on
movies. Time passed. Ten minutes before the show, I
looked around and there were hardly any people. I was utterly
disappointed that not many turned up to watch my favorite actor's much
awaited film. My tickets were checked at the entrance. Theatre staff
told me, that the movie is being screened in two screens and I could
sit in any one of them. I gave her a cynical smile angry at fellow
fans who didn't turn up to watch the first day-first show of our
I entered screen 4. It was a pleasant surprise. The screen was full.
People came in and sat much before I reached the theatre. I didn't get
a seat to sit. Laughing at myself, I rushed to screen 5. I was taken
aback again. This screen was full too. Fortunately, me and my friends
found some seats vacant close to the front row. I didn't mind. I sat
down and titles rolled. As the dacoits looted the bank and tried to
escape, our hero made an action packed entry. The theatre went
berserk. The name that pulled those two theatre full of
people on a working day, the name that kept them loyal to him despite
no major hits since four years, the name that made them hoot, jump,
laugh, imitate and pray for him despite staying thousands of miles
away from their home country and state,
Kalyan, flashed on the screen. The minute he appeared,
audience screamed 'Powerstar' and papers flew blocking the screen for
What happened for the next two and a half hours was sheer magic. His
character, dialogues, dance, fights, expressions, mannerisms, music
and look left the audience enthralled.
No one asked the kids in the theatre to come out and dance when Pawan
Kalyan was dancing. No one asked my friends to turn red in laughter
looking at characters imitating actor Rajasekhar. No one asked people
to give a standing ovation once the end titles rolled. Fans hugged
each other in merry and joy after the movie was over. Which star in
India has fans like these?
"Gabbar Singh" starring Andhra's biggest star Pawan Kalyan, released
worldwide yesterday and created a
hysteria. This euphoria was last seen 10 years ago.There
are other stars whose movies become major blockbusters. What makes 'Gabbarsingh'
special is how people reacted to it. It was unbelievable how fans took
Pawan Kalyan's success as theirs. I found a great smile on the face of
each of his fan. A few frantically called their friends back in India
to tell them about what they saw. A few others truly shed happy tears
as their long wait came to an end. Everyone who watched Gabbar Singh
wanted to tell the world that 'he is back'. To feel their favorite
hero's success as theirs and to celebrate it with tears, to me is the
highest form of love and affection. Stars come and go. Money flows in
and out. Actors live and die. Cult personalities become chapters in
history books. But there is only one among a million stars whose
popularity is immune to time, failures, criticism and competition.
Pawan Kalyan is a star of million stars. His enigma is timeless.
I spoke to a Pawan fan after I watched the film. He called me from
India to seek my opinion on the movie. I told him that I loved it and
beyond any doubt, it will be a super hit. He immediately hung up. I
thought the line got disconnected. He called back later saying he
disconnected the call as he got emotional in joy. Which star in India
has fans like these?
In the interval break, I pondered over the question, " Why do people
like Pawan Kalyan so much?" It is not merely his acting, dance,
histrionics or anything on-screen. There is an inexplainable charisma
Pawan casts on the audience, that goes beyond the magic of cinema.
Perhaps, in the world of Pawan Kalyan's fandom, there is only an entry
and no exit. Once you start liking him, there is never looking back.
Every Pawan Kalyan fan is a fan of Pawan and his school of thought. A
school that subscribes to no show off, no self praise, no hypocrisy,
no double standards, no casteism and no pretense. Pawan is loved for
the his eternal style statement called simplicity.
In the interval, I gave a break to my over analytical brain and went
back to my seat with my popcorn. In the second half, my cheek bones
ached as I laughed continuously. Gabbarsingh had incredible background
score, continuity in comedy, tight screenplay, apt dialogues, terrific
presence and sensible cinematography. It was a great
entertainer. I have the habit of listening to what people speak after
the end titles. Most often, that immediate reaction of the audience in
theatre is the most reliable, credible and real verdict for a film.
After Gabbarsingh ended in the theaters, I heard,
" Kushi Malli Vachindi ", " Kev Keka ", " Malli Vachindu Ra Bhai ", "
Ennalaki Malli...Superb. Evaru director? ", " Sweety ni rammante raale.
Miss aindhi. Ippudinka tickets dorakavu".
I walked out with a power packed smile. I felt as if my own movie was
a hit. I went to the popcorn counter again to get a refill of my
popcorn. A white guy (American) working in the stall asked me, " Is
this better than Dhookudu? " with an American slang. I threw a smile
I wanted to tell him, "He is Gabbarsingh and yes he is on Dhookudu"!!!!!