A good move for the action fans, and of course, Salman Khan fans. A great acting, some awesome action sequences, but a weak storyline and some plotholes make this movie a worthy watch, but forgettable fare.
This week brings us one of the most hyped and anticipated movies this year, the Salman Khan starrer Dabangg. Salman Khan can be considered to be one of the few actors who have time and again tried new characters. He started out with the lover boy, then became the action star, tried the comedy genre for a while and is now trying to home in on the pulp action, and with good results. He started out with Garv, followed it up with Wanted, tried adding some seriousness to it with Veer and now has come out with Dabangg, which means fearless. Here's the review.
Salman Khan plays Chulbul Pandey, the stepson to Prajapati Pandey via his marriage to his mother. He also has a step brother, Makhanchand, known as Makhi (Arbaaz Khan). For a profession, Salman Khan is a Ray Ban wearing, body fit khakhi uniform touting, hair gelled back police office, who is more or less the owner of all that he sees in Lallanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He is shown as a corrupt police officer, who comes into the eyes of a politician, Cheddi Ram (Sonu Sood), who is basically as crooked as they come.
The world changes for all of them when Makhi decides to marry a girl that he loves, a daughter of a poor headmaster, but his father is waiting for a tout dowry, so that he can pay off the loan on the factory that they run. Makhi finds out that his step brother has a lot of money stashed in the house, and cooks up a plan to use the money and get himself married. Of course, things do not go as planned and a rift develops within the already estranged family.
How Chulbul Pandey comes to terms with his family's life and whether he finds out the secret behind his mother's death forms the rest of the story.
As you would notice, the storyline is nothing new - take any nineties movie and add some 00 ka masala and you have Dabangg. What makes this movie different is the crisp photography, the awesome action sequences, the generously talented acting from everyone - even Mahesh Manjrekar who has a cameo in the movie.
This movie is not without its faults though. For a crisp action thriller, the screenplay lags in between, and you will find yourself twiddling your thumbs between one Salman Khan appearance and another for a while. The movie also has some gaping plot holes, like Chulbul's love, Rajo, being called a rustic word for a 'loose woman' all her life by her dad, she actually tells Chulbul that he does not know everything about her. No father would call his daughter that term lightly. There should have been some justification.
Another thing that comes across as a bit impractical is the fact that Cheddi Singh begins supporting Prajapati and his son without any hype or hoopla. Yes, there is a validating factor that Chhedi Singh has already had some issues with Chulbul, but even one sequence showing the three joining hands against Chulbul would have been good.
The piece de resistance, then, are the action sequences, and basically any sequence that Salman Khan is in. This movie is of Salman Khan, by Salman Khan and by for Salman Khan, and that is not bad as it seems. This guy has a passable face, a fine toned body and is not half bad an actor.
There are some cute sequences in the movie, like the one where he does not touch Rajo when he buys the pots for the first time, when he can. I remember we used to do that in school and college to women who'd later on turn out to be our girlfriends for the rest of the year, or until someone grew up. That was cute.
As for the action sequences, there are around three to four action sequences, and the best one is the one at the station. There is some mind blowing stuff in this movie, and you should definitely watch it if you are up for a action fest.