An 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. Sonu 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