Movie Review: Dabangg

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My rating of Dabangg : 8.3/10 (it is good but definitely not one of the best)

Directed by Abhinav Kashyap

Produced by Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Dhillin Mehta

Written by Dileep Shukla and Abhinav Kashyap

Starring Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan ,Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood,Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia

Music by Sajid-Wajid

Release date 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)

Running time 130 minutes

Note: Watch this movie in a cinema hall before it gets off.

Set in the backdrop of present Uttar Pradesh, Dabangg has what it takes to be a blockbuster superhit. From the usual UP bhaiyyann to the loving Indian mother, from full class mind blowing action scenes to cheezy comedy, from mindless jokes to stupendous dialogues, from scintillating romantic numbers to item songs and from Rajnikath to Sherlock Holmes-Dabangg has everything which one might expect from a regular Hindi action movie starring Salman Khan. Gone are the days when it was all about the action or the comedy. It is now comedy and action or action and comedy, which pleases you. I like to call it comaction (comedy+action, just in case you are a tubelight) The audience has now evolved and for good at that.

Dabangg packs a punch which I don’t think you will find in any other movie. Of course you can relate Dabangg to some other Salman Khan movies which portray him as the ruthless cop who though can beat 15 pahlawans to pulp (at once, mind you) without perspiring even one drop but is never able wear to a shirt. Dabangg is that and more.

The plot of the movie (or rather the lack of it) is loosely based on a rough relationship with Chubul Pandey (Salman Khan), a corrupt and fearless cop who lives life on his own T&C and has an attitude which just simply blows you away, his step father Prajaapti Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and his step brother Makhanchand Pandey aka Makhi aka Mandbuddhi aka spoilsport (Arbaaz Khan). His mother Naini (Dimple Kapadia) also plays a vital role in the non-existent story (hence the loving mother). Now enter, Cheddhi Singh (Sonu Sood) a leader (politician to some extent) and the antagonist of the movie who through his dumbness (it is an understatement, trust me) creates anything but havoc in the movie (it is an basically an action movie, remember?). *Hence the aforementioned UP bhaiyyans*.

The amazing dialogues are well, amazing… *Hence the stupendous dialogues*. This example would be enough to convince you I suppose.

Chulbul Pandey says to Cheddi Singh “Cheddi Singh, hum tum main itne ched karenge ki confuse ho jaoge ki saas kaha se le aur pade kaha se”. *Hence the cheezy comedy*

I see that you are not yet convinced. How about this?

A gangster points a revolver at Chulbul Pandey to which Chulbul replies “Arre kamal karte ho yaar. Police vale to thokne ka anjaam pata hai kya hai? 21 saal jail aur thukai alag se” which is followed by a swift move from Salman and in very next scene the revolver is pointed directly at the gangster throat and Chulbul says “Aur agar uss police vale ne tujhe thoka to promotion alag se aur bahaduri ka medal alag se”

The movie doesn’t fall back in the comedy area either. There’s this particular joke which is iterated about 3 times in which each time Chulbul tries to hit this Gunda, the Gunda’s phone starts ringing which apparently is the song Jalwa from the movie Wanted. So Chulbul takes a break from beating people to pulp and starts dancing in the patented Sallu style (aka Hello Brother). Once the phone stops ringing he beats everybody, cleans up the mess and tells the guy “Achi caller tune hai, mujhe forward kar dena”. This is of course just one of the killer lines! I won’t ruin the movie for you (like I haven’t already done that). But the best parts of the movie are when Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha) enters the movie. The way Chulbul flirts (do mind the italics) with Rajo is WORTH WATCHING (never mind the caps). *Hence the mindless jokes*.

The action. You know why I wrote the Note before starting the post? For this very purpose. The action scenes are just amazing. *This is where Rajnikant and Sherlock Holmes come in*.

Had Sir Isaac Newon been alive today he would have committed suicide after seeing Chulbul Pandey violate every possible Physics rule.

I won’t say any more concerning the actions (and Sherlock Homes). Watch the movie to see if you can figure out the connection.

The music of the film will grip you (like it haven’t already). It is not only Munni Badnaam Hui (or Launda Badnaam Huya Naseeban Tere Liye) but other tracks like Udd Udd Dabangg and the scintillating number Tere Mast Mast Do Naina which will also catch you attention. And even Hamka Peeni Hai Peeni Hai Humka Peeni Hai will make you rise from your seat. *Hence the romantic number and the item song*.

Arbaaz character is something which was a bit of let down (performance wise). IMHO there was something lagging in his character. I haven’t been able to make up my mind to cover it in less than 10 points so I shall take the liberty of skipping it for this moment. The thing which you might notice while watching Dabangg is that there are times when you won’t see Chulbul for a long time which actually makes you feel that besides being the
protagonist Salman is also the backbone of the film.

To summarise. Go watch Dabangg in the theater!

PS: I saw the movie yesterday at PVR Priya with Aditya Kumar, Aditya Mitra and Saahil Batra. Just in case you didn’t want to know.

PPS: I am waiting for Dabangg 2 and so should you.

PPPS: The word Dabangg means : Fearless an bold people who don’t go by the norms and carve their own path in life. Just in case you spent an hour wondering what it means…just like I did.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Review: Dabangg

  1. LOL I really dint expect this(a +ve(very) dabangg review) on this blog. All those cheesy dialogues, fake action..can't believe it was such a massive hit but then after houseful grossing so much anything is possible!

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