Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ (SGS) draws inspiration from Indian ‘Western’ fare like ‘Sholay.‘ Pawan Kalyan admits that he is a huge fan of ‘Sholay’ and has seen it countless times. ‘SGS’ is a contemporary story based in Ratanpur, Chattisgarh in the heartland of India, a princely state which has the cultural fusion of Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana besides Chattisgarh. It has a wide, arid yet beautiful landscape with the typical police station, hair-cutting saloon and horses dotting every frame like it is in the case of most Westerns. The Marathwada horses, the Pushkar mela, the Nasik dhol and a fancy line of Range Rovers too vie for screen space.

Directed by KS Ravindra, the movie, produced by Pawan, Sharrath Marar and Sunil Lulla, also features Kajal Agarwal, Sharad Kelkar, Raai Laxmi, Tisca Chopra, Mukesh Rishi and Pradeep Rawat.

Though the plot deals with a braveheart cop taking on a feudal lord in pitched gun battles and hand-to-hand combats, at the core the film is a love story about a boy from one state who falls for a girl from a neighbouring area.

Self-admittedly Pawan is a big fan of weapons. “I’m mad about guns,” he says and in his personal collections he used to even have a lot of replicas. Naturally, you will get to see some unusual weapons on screen too.

Since he has done the screenplay, he says that the film has been deliberately styled as an Indian Western where dialogues are minimal and can therefore be enjoyed by a pan-Indian audience. “I am a big fan of world cinema and parallel cinema. I think purely in terms of visuals, language doesn’t play a part. Dialogues have been kept to the minimum and the aim is to ensure that visuals convey the maximum.”

Sardaar Gabbar Singh, released by Eros International in association with Pawan Kalyan Creative Works and Northstar Entertainment, opens in cinemas on April 8.