Get ready for a rollercoaster ride. Dabangg is a full-on Masala film complete with the Jayka of Bihar, gun-toting gangsters, corrupt politicians and Robinhood Pandey. With this Salman Khan-starrer, Bollywood has reopened its doors for once-upon-a-time popular hardcore action films.
What is it about?
Chulbul Pandey’s stepfather Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) treats him as inferior. Instead, he showers his love and affection over his younger son Makhanchan (Arbaaz Khan). Chulbul’s only support is in the form of his mother (Dimple Kapadia). He grows up to become a dabangg (fearless) cop bashing up dacoits. In one such encounter, Chulbul Pandey fights against bank dacoits and leaves them bruised and battered. However, Chulbul is unaware that the dacoits work for Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood). He thus invites the wrath and fury of the dreaded criminal cum politician Cheddi.
In the meantime, Chulbul falls in love with Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha). He starts wooing her and sings a couple of songs for her. On the home front, his mother passes away, thus ending the relationship with his family. The eccentric Chulbul also insults his step-brother Makhanchan on his wedding day. As calamity strikes – their factory is burnt and Prajapati suffers a heart attack – Makhanchan has no other option but to join hands with Cheddi Singh.
Cheddi plans to take advantage of the spoilt relations between the brothers. He offers Makhanchan a chance to settle scores with Chulbul once and for all. Will Makhanchan accept Cheddi’s offer or will he help his brother?
Salman Khan is in awe-inspiring form and does what he is best at i.e. entertain the audience. He lives the character from scene one and beautifully enthralls the crowd with his trademark histrionics. On top of it, the slick action sequences make the character larger than life. Both, Sonu Sood and Arbaaz Khan have played their parts well. Newcomer Sonakshi Sinha is efficient and has enacted her role perfectly. Full marks to the action director, S.Vijayan for choreographing such extra-ordinary and impacting stunts.
Munni Badnaam will surely make you whistle and tap your feet. The song, choreographed by Farah Khan and composed by Lalit, sends the viewers into an unexplained frenzy.
Though Dabangg has nothing new to offer; it surely is old wine packaged in a brand new alluring bottle and a paisa vasool entertainer.