Movie Review: Dabangg (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Block Buster

dabangg-salman-khan-sonakshi-sinhaThe fight between good and bad has been the fodder of many a Hindi film of 1970s and 1980s. In fact, it wouldn’t be erroneous to state that these films dominated the cinema of yore and a lot of us, who have grown up on masala films/wholesome entertainers, will vividly recall the serpentine queues outside cinema halls and a mad scramble to book the tickets of those films. Hardcore masala films were relished with glee by the audience then.

However, for some inexplicable reason, masala films became extinct or should I say, disappeared from the face of Hindi cinema over a period of time. GHAJINI and WANTED revived this genre, bringing back memories of the bygone era. Now DABANGG takes this genre one step ahead.

Set in Uttar Pradesh, DABANGG is a story of Chulbul Pandey [Salman Khan], a totally fearless but corrupt police officer with unorthodox working methods. But even the most fearless at times face a tough fight with their innermost demons. Chulbul has had a bitter childhood. His father passed away when he was very young, after which his mother [Dimple Kapadia] married Prajapati Pandey [Vinod Khanna]. Together, they had a son Makhanchan [Arbaaz Khan].

Prajapati favors Makhanchan, which does not go down well with Chulbul. He decides to take control of his destiny and detaches himself from his step-father and half-brother. His sole attachment is his mother. However, after his mother’s demise and an unsuccessful attempt to mend wounds, Chulbul snaps all ties with his step-father and half-brother.

Rajo [Sonakshi Sinha], with her unique perspective of life, enters his world and turns life upside down. Chulbul starts to see life more positively and also gets sensitized to the value of a family. But his detractors, especially the dubious Cheddi Singh [Sonu Sood], have their own vested interests and emerge as spokes in the wheels, putting one brother against the other. Makhanchan ends up carrying out an act oblivious to the consequences.

When Makhanchan realizes he has been used, he turns to Chulbul. Will Chulbul take his extended hand? Will the brothers be able to thwart their detractors?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “DABANGG is a full on entertainer with three aces – Salman Khan like never before, stylish action and super music”
4.0 “Dabangg is not about theory and analysis; it’s only about the Zandu Balm effect of cinema: completely home grown, hybrid, purely desi stress-busting therapy. Period”
3.5 “It has Blockbuster written all over it!”
3.0 “Try to find a novel storyline and there is none in Dabangg. Try to find Salman Khan and there is nothing else”
3.0 “Mad stuff! Really”
3.0 “Dabangg is for Salman fans”
3.0 “Made for Salman Khan’s fans. Watch it to see the Big Boss in action — literally!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “‘DABANGG doesn’t hit you with a ‘bang’. Watch it only if you are an ardent Salman Khan fan. It’s his character that works, not the film.”
2.5 “Dabangg is a Salman Khan vehicle all the way. He gets to be funny, wicked and belligerent… sometimes all at once”
2.5 “‘Dabangg’ is a major let down in this festival weekend”
Negative Reviews

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