Gabbar Singh is a 2012 Indian Telugu action drama film produced by Bandla Ganesh under the Parameswara Art Productions and directed by Harish Shankar. The lead actors include Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan in lead roles alongside Kota Srinivasa Rao, Abhimanyu Singh in supporting roles. The film is a remake of the 2010 Hindi film Dabangg starring Salman Khan. The film is about a police cop who renamed himself as “Gabbar Singh” after the famous villain in Sholay revolting against a dreaded goon. In the process, he loses his mother and has a hatred towards his step-father and step-brother. Rest of the plot revolves around Gabbar and his clash with Siddhappa.
Devi Sri Prasad composed the film’s music and Jayanan Vincent was the film’s cinematographer. The film was made with the budget of ₹30 crore (US$4.6 million) and was formally launched on 18 August 2011 at Hyderabad. The filming was primarily held at Pollachi.
The film was released on 11 May 2012 and grossed ₹150 crore (US$23 million) worldwide, becoming one of highest grossing Telugu films at the time. A sequel titled Sardaar Gabbar Singh was released in 2016.
Venkataratnam Naidu is a young boy who lives with his younger half-brother (Ajay), stepfather Naidu (Nagineedu) and mother (Suhasini Maniratnam) in Kondaveedu which is a village in Guntur District. His stepfather is always partial towards his half-brother which constantly angers Venkataratnam. He starts to not care about what other people think about him and renames himself after the fictional character “Gabbar Singh”.[a] His anger towards his brother and father grows and he runs away from home. His stepfather, Naidu catches him and joins him in a boarding school away from Kondaveedu.
21 years later, a scene shows a gang of robbers trying to steal money from a bank in Kondaveedu, when Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan), now a cop, tries to recover the money by beating up the robbers. He then keeps the money for himself and his loyal policemen. It is revealed that Gabbar Singh is now posted as the C.I. (Circle Inspector) for the Kondaveedu region. His anger towards his brother and step father remains the same and lives separately from them. He wants to live with his mother in his new house, but she instead wants him to stay with her and Naidu. Ajay is a gambling addict and has loans all over the village. Gabbar Singh falls in love with a handicraft vendor named Bhagya Lakshmi (Shruti Haasan), whom he chances upon during a police raid that he conducts against gambling.
It is revealed that the robbers who tried to steal are actually the henchmen of an upcoming politician goon named Siddhappa Naidu (Abhimanyu Singh). He with the help of his uncle (Tanikella Bharani) wants to become the MLA of Kondaveedu, in the upcoming by-election. He wants to be nominated from the ruling party. He meets Gabbar Singh and tries to appreciate him for catching the robbers. Gabbar Singh flatly refuses and tells Siddhappa that he actually knows who he is and tells him to behave himself.
Angered by Gabbar Singh’s response, Siddhappa Naidu sends goons to disrupt the market yard in Kondaveedu. Gabbar Singh confronts the goons and defeats them with ease to reopen the market yard. Even more enraged, Siddhappa now plans to kill Gabbar Singh but his uncle instead advises him to speak with the Home Minister (Rao Ramesh) about transferring Gabbar Singh out of Kondaveedu. Siddhappa and his uncle meet the minister, who simply denies their request stating that Gabbar Singh is a sincere and honest cop and transferring him during the elections would be bad for the party and highly impossible without specific reason as Election commission controls the circle police till votes counting. He also advises Siddhappa to make peace with Gabbar Singh or it would hurt his political aspirations.