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by : Behindwoods review board
Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sonu Sood, Sonakshi
Sinha, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna
Abhinav SIngh Kashyap
(Fearless) has been in the news for quite
a while now. After Wanted, Salman Khan
is in desperate need of a hit as his earlier
two movies failed to set the box office
on fire. With a newcomer as director,
a debutant heroine and a star studded
support cast, Salman went all out to
the movie in major cities. There was only one question
on everyone's mind. Will this movie wow the audience? |
is a usual story of good prevailing over evil. Salman,
the shady cop, never knows fear. He confronts everyone
upfront and is never shy to mouth his words before
anyone superior too. ACTION. He has a step-brother
and a step-father whom he hates and a mother he loves
most. SENTIMENT. He falls in love with Rajo (Sonakshi
Sinha) instantly and goes all out to woo her. ROMANCE.
He makes the evil politician – villain pay the
price for his bad deeds. REVENGE. Sounds familiar?
But the movie is a compelling watch... in every sense.
Why? Because, Salman Khan is the hero. The ‘Atta
Khatta Dabangg hero’ will be the most talked
about personality in weeks to come.
Pandey lives with Pandeyji (Vinod Khanna as step father),
Makhkhi (Arbaaz Khan as step brother) and Ma (Dimple
Kapadia). He is full of surprises. For some he is
a corrupt police officer who makes money from politicians
and bad guys. For others, he is the fearless cop who
never thinks twice to wipe out bad guys. Chulbul hates
his step father and so does he. Only person he cares
for is his mother. Arbaaz is the naive brother whose
only aim in life is to marry his girlfriend Nirmala.
Chulbul falls in love with Rajo. The scene where he
falls in love at first sight is one of the best scenes
of the movie. Moving on, there is of course the corrupt
politician Chedi Singh who locks horns with Chulbul
given the slightest chance. He kills his mother, spoils
his stepfather's business and poisons Makhkhi's mind
to turn against Chulbul. What happens in the end?
The director is in no mood to surprise us here.
Abhinav Singh, the director, must be praised here
for his street smart direction. He certainly does
not have a worthy story on hand but the screenplay
and the graph he has sketched for Salman has worked
wonders. He certainly has learnt a lesson or two from
his brother Anurag Kashyap. The dialogues need to
be mentioned specifically. If not for the wit and
humor, the film would have been classified "just
another Salman Khan movie". The audience just
loved whenever Salman packs a punch with his dialogue.
it makes one wonder if Salman is a cop or a showroom
model with his perfectly-fit shirts and trousers.
The best part of a magic trick is that we know we
will be fooled but still we wouldn't want to know
how. This movie is like that. We are here to get entertained.
Logic? Maybe next time please. Because this is Salman's
movie. This man is ‘bulbul by heart and Dabangg
by mind’. He is the perfect cop Bollywood has
seen for quite sometime now. He is brash, bold, funny,
witty and emotional but above all, he is lovable.
Lovable not only for Salman fans but for everyone.
screen presence in this movie makes him tower above
everyone. When we are treading on a path of subtle
and offbeat movies, Dabangg laughs out loud at subtlety.
Be it his romance with Rajo, his roguish stunts or
his confrontations with the bad, every slide in the
movie screams Salman. He looks every bit suave and
debonair as his creased shirts and trousers.
Sinha (daughter of Shatrughan Sinha) makes a noteworthy
debut as Rajo. Though her scope is limited, she makes
her presence felt. Arbaaz as the brother has done
a decent job. Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia show
why they are still sought after veteran actors. Their
remarkably subdued acting is indeed a treat to watch.
Anupam Kher and Om Puri have been wasted in miniscule
roles as usual. Sonu Sood, as the antagonist, has
shone in his character. One feels this talented guy
deserves more than just villain roles.
has been neatly assisted by slick cinematography,
editing and a wonderful music score. The crowd erupts
every time there is a song sequence. The background
score is also very effective.
Dabangg escapes from the usual with a larger than
life hero and neat direction. It is a Salman Khan
movie right from the first frame. Never one to disappoint
masses, Salman and Arbaaz have delivered a Super-hit
which Bollywood was yearning for a while. Celebrate
Eid Salman Ishtyle!
Verdict: A perfect holiday entertainer for
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