Warning: If you are not a Salman Khan fan, I request you to please navigate to some other page/post or shut down the internet. You should read no further than this sentence.
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Alright, now that you have agreed to like Salman, let us talk about the movie. Dabangg is all about one man, Salman Khan. The movie is unreal, out of the box, typical masala yet it does not fail to impress you with its rather brazen approach. In fact I should say the movie is just like Salman Khan, bold, larger than life and very much Dabangg. If we remove him, the movie seems like an utter non sense and can easily be dubbed as a Hindi version of a bhojpuri film.
Is there a story? Not really! Yes there is a plot though and a rustic village setting in Uttar Pradesh. At the start of the movie, Chulbul Pandey is shown arguing with his mother (Dimple Kapadia) for remarrying again. He hates his step father Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and step brother Makhanchand Pandey (a.k.a. Makkhi played by Arbaaz Khan). He grows up to become a cop but still holds grudges against the step father-son duo. Corrupt he is, yes, but his ways show traces of Vijay Kumar-Shehenshah and Robin Hood. A local politician cum goon, Chhedi Singh (Sonu Sood) decides to take advantage of the feud between brothers to avenge his earlier altercations with our Robin Hood Pandey. All is well in the end after the two brothers kill the goon. Now tell me, where is the story? But here I must give credits to Abhinav Kashyap (brother of Anurag Kashyap and the director of this movie) keeping the audience glued to the screen… thanks to the antics thrown by our beloved inspector Chulbul Pandeyji.
I only realised that there was no significant story to the movie only after the interval. In fact it was in the interval when my wife said, ‘movie is good, but where is the story?’ That is where Dabangg scores in the minds of the readers. May it be Chulbul Pandey’s Rajnikanth style fighting skills with the goons or his own style to woo the potter girl Rajjo (played well by Sonakshi Sinha), every scene is well shot, well scripted and very well acted. There are few other characters who are a part of the story such as Mahesh Manjrekar (as Rajjo’s drunkard father), Mahi Gill (as Nirmala, Makkhi’s girl friend), Tinu Anand (as Nirmala’s father) Anupam Kher (as Dayal Babu, the politician) and Om Puri (as some corrupt cop). You feel sad for them. I mean people like Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Mahesh Majrekar, Tinu Anand are exceptional actors. They feel a bit wasted in the movie due to lack of roles. Any other low profile actors should have been good, as the movie was not about them anyway.
Leaving them aside, the performance of all other pivotal actors is good. There should never be any doubts about Vinod Khanna and Dimple, Arbaaz is good as a village idiot and so is Sonu Sood as a goon. Sonu though, doesn’t look like a UP ka bhaiyya. He looks more of a Haryana ka Jatt. And Sonakshi, well, she doesn’t fail to impress at all. She exudes the charm and the rustic demeanour of the a typical UP-Bihar girl to perfection. She doesn’t get a chance to show her acting skills too much. But she looks great. If she can act too, we have a top actress in the making. And Salman Khan a.k.a. Chulbul Pandey? Kamaal karte ho yaar tum bhi… what do I say? Salman is the life and blood of this movie. People who liked the movie admire him so much than all the boys come out humming Hunn Hunn Dabangg and try to imitate his belt wala dance step. The rest sing Tere mast mast do nain… 🙂
Go and watch the movie if you admire the likes of Matrix, ET, iRobot, Avatar etc… Arre kamal karte ho yaar, mazak kar raha hu. Do not apply too much brains, just go and enjoy the movie. There are other things your brain can work on… and Dabangg is certainly not one of them!