Review: The 2010 original set a new benchmark as far as masala entertainers go. It was set in a format that has worked down South for decades now. Such films will never receive critical acclaim, but let’s face it; they are entertaining and a whole lot of fun to watch. A string of south remakes followed after Dabangg’s success. Most of them tasted success. Thanks to all of that, the audience has now acquired taste buds for South remakes and crackling masala entertainers.
At the height of all this and in the midst of tremendous hype comes Dabangg 2. Let’s just say, it does not disappoint. Debutant director Arbaaz Khan manages to retain much of the tempo and charm of the original. Much like the Munna Bhai series, it is simply another chapter in the life of our lead character. Everything we loved about the original is very much there, the menacing villain (although I liked him better in Singham), the knuckle headed dialogues. Moments that make you giggle, not because of brilliant writing, simply because Chulbul Pandey delivers them with such childish charm that you can’t help but smile. Then there is the spicy item number (full marks to Kareena, but I still preferred Munni).
Our beloved characters have matured and so have their relationships. Chulbul and his bulbul now live in Kanpur with papa and simpleton bhaiyya Makkhi for company. With Chulbul in charge of Kanpur, he decides to take the corrupt politician (Prakash Raj) of the town by his horns. The villain swears revenge and causes harm to Makkhi and a pregnant Rajjo. What follows next is a typically Dabangg climax. You would want to watch it yourself and enjoy, won’t give away all details. But I will tell you this much, it involves a shirtless Salman.
Considering the success of the original, retaining its high points in the sequel is a good idea. But I only wish the makers wouldn’t have stuck to it like glue. The graph is exactly the same as Dabangg, from start to finish. There is nothing different, original, or refreshing about the sequel. Even the background score is exactly the same. Only the audience reactions and box office numbers will determine if that is a good thing or not.
Well, different or not, Salman fans and Dabangg fans will not be disappointed.
Verdict: Maintains the charm and tempo of the original. Fans will not be disappointed.
Release date: Dec 21, 2012
Genre: Action, Drama
Cast & Crew: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Prakash Raj, Deepak Dobriyal
Director: Arbaaz Khan
Length: 2 hrs 9 mins
Writer: Arbaaz Khan