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#GabbarSinghInspiration: Did You Know Who Inspired the Title?


'Gabbar Singh', a film that had Pawan Kalyan's fans cheering at every scene, made a tsunami at the box office upon its release on May 11, 2012. Directed by Harish Shankar, the movie's appeal was amplified by Pawan Kalyan's charismatic portrayal and powerful dialogues. Interestingly, the inspiration behind the title 'Gabbar Singh' has a unique backstory.

The character name of the hero in the film is Venkatratnam Naidu, but he is popularly known as 'Gabbar Singh'. The inspiration for this name came from an old city police officer known for his formidable presence, whom everyone used to call Gabbar Singh. Although Pawan Kalyan never met him, he was so intrigued by the persona encapsulated by the name that he decided it was perfect for his character. There's also a little-known fact about the film: Director Harish Shankar made a cameo during the 'Kevvu Keka' item song scene, which is something many fans might not notice without paying close attention. The movie broke records by running for more than 50 days in 306 centers and over 100 days in 65 centers, making it an unforgettable hit in Pawan Kalyan's career.


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