September 11, 2010

Movie Review: Dabangg…bollywood get's its own Rajinikanth!

DabanggAn important observation that I have made over some time – Salman Khan is fast becoming the ‘Rajinikanth’ of Bollywood. The new styles, the walk, the roles as well as the movies are creating the kind of mass hysteria that one expects from a Rajinikanth movie.

For the hype that came with Dabangg [and also because I missed Wanted to a large screen], I was super excited to watch this movie…and well I was prepared for senseless yet enjoyable ride of 2.5 hours. That primarily sums up who should and who shouldn’t watch Dabangg. If you are looking to leave your brain behind, relax and enjoy a movie, Dabangg is ‘the movie’ for you but in case you are one of those ‘classy’ people, please don’t watch it.

Coming to the storyline [yes, there is a story too] – Dabangg is set in Uttar Pradesh and is the story of  Chulbul Pandey [Salman Khan], a fearless but corrupt police officer who works in his own ‘hatke’ manner. His family comprises of mom [Dimple Kapadia], stepbrother Makhi (Arbaaz Khan) and stepfather (Vinod Khanna) with whom he shares a love-hate relationship. He falls in love with a village girl Rajo [Sonakshi Sinha] who ignites in him the family man. The bad man is Cheddi Singh [Sonu Sood], who tries to trap Chulbul again and again.

There is nothing great in the story…right? Yet you enjoy the movie….why – SALMAN KHAN, SALMAN KHAN and SALMAN KHAN. He is remarkable in his role of Chulbul Pandey and performs with his own unique style….and as I mentioned earlier, this might just be the beginning of Bollywood’s Rajanikanth, there might be a lot more to come!

Sonakshi Sinha, with the limited scope that she gets, does very well in her first movie. Arbaaz Khan is decent in his portrayal of the younger brother. Dabangg Movie ReviewSonu Sood delivers a powerful performance; he matches Sallu in every scene.  Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia are both good. Anupam Kher and Om Puri do well in their brief roles. The movie could have done without the presence of Mahesh Manjrekar. The ‘Dev D’ girl, Mahi Gill is alright and Malaika Arora Khan sizzles in the ‘Munni Badnaam’ song.

Apart from the performances, there are three major factors that are in favor of Dabangg, the great music by Sajid-Wajid, the interesting [and enjoyable] action by S. Vijayan and the powerful dialogues.

On the whole, if you are looking for a fun-filled entertainment ride, Dabangg is just the perfect movie for you. Watch, enjoy and clap for Robin Hood Pandey! At the box office, Salman’s mass following is sure to make this a blockbuster [I can say that because of the whistles and claps that I heard while watching the movie, that too in a multiplex] and might give 3 Idiots a run for its money

My Rating – 3.5/5


  1. I have heard mix reviews of Dabangg.
    As the promotion was done it was thought it would overtake Wanted.
    At this instant its not looking it will overtake Wanted.
    Also heard Sonakshi Sinha have a brief role, but she is looking good.

    • vishalgaba

      I liked the movie…its a mindless entertainer. You just need to sit, relax and enjoy 🙂

  2. The first half was okay, but the second half was boring!

    • vishalgaba

      Well, I loved the second half even more 🙂

  3. i so hate salman as an actor………. i don’t know why he makes these kind of people….and why people go and watch these kind of movies……………. think it’s been a decade since i saw a good salman khan movie….. the last salman khan movie i rate good is Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam…….. and after that wat all work he has done …… can be categorised as crap…..and yea…including Tere Naam …………

    leave it…..let the sense less comedies prevail………..

    • vishalgaba

      Hitesh, honestly…I liked Dabangg because I was prepared for a senseless but entertaining movie. Dabangg was much much better than idiotic comedies like Housefull!

  4. listen! you guys are the gyangang guys right?? varun, nitin, neha n all… I did work with you guys.. wont call it “work” was more of fun posting silly articles in gyangang n the whole LSR fest fiasco.

    World is surely small!

    • vishalgaba

      Hey Rashna, well yes and no…we are the same.. but this blog is only run by me and nitin 🙂

  5. nice review and a candid expression!

    • vishalgaba

      Thanks 🙂

  6. I watched the movie yesterday and I think I would agree with your review. There were worse mindless comedies compared to this one, and Dabangg tries to entertain the audience.

    • vishalgaba

      Yes, and the one that comes to my mind right away is HOUSEFULL!!!

  7. I was never a die-hard Salman Khan fan but I have to say I am still chuckling at some of the gags in “Dabangg”. Maybe the film could have been shortened a bit, and yes, there is not much of a story but I still got Salman entertainment in all its glory for my buck 🙂
    It is a masala that is almost a satire of itself.
    For masala satire try “Quick Gun Murugun” too, which I liked much more.

    • vishalgaba

      The way he put his glares, the action, the dialogues and the unique dance moves…are all still in my mind…I guess the after affects of Dabangg:)

  8. The movie was good. it is just like wanted movie.

    • vishalgaba

      Yes….but i found it even better than Wanted 🙂

  9. ganesh

    Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally I it is a boring movie…

    • vishalgaba

      Well..i have a different view here 🙂

  10. I am not much of a Bollywood fan but I think I will watch this movie sometime 🙂

    • vishalgaba

      Yes, you should for sure watch it….but make sure to leave your brain behind and just relax…:)

    • vishalgaba


  11. i watched this movie 2 times…

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