But apart from that the movie was made to collect Revenues from the Class of Audiences in India Living Behind Poverty Line like Rickshaw and Taxi Drivers, Industrial Wagers, Street Vendors etc....
Those were the Days!
I remember walking out of the theatre many times back in 80s/90s feeling like a âHEROâ?, walking with a swagger, giving THE stares to strangers, ready to bash anyone who dare cross my path (Dostana, Laawaris of AB come to mind, Hukumat/Ghulami of à¤¸à¤¡à¥?à¤¡à¤ 3/4 à¤§à¤°à¤ (R)à¤¿à¤,à¤¦à¤° or even a Ghayal from Sunny). In fact after watching âSHAKTIâ? I was so bloody enamored that I managed to picked up an argument with my dad (got bashed up in return) just to prove that I am no less than AB. Even Hollywood has had its share of Cops movies which have given us similar emotional HIGH many a times. The frequency of those emotions has reduced a lot these days as the filmmakers of today try to discover new ways to be different and actors of today need the crutches of good script/story (J). Not that the filmmakers of films mentioned above were any less talented, it was just that the need of the viewers were exactly these films. Today we as an audience need variety, an intelligent story and screenplay, well trained/rehearsed actors and nice clothes, sculpted bodies and what not. So many genres have blossomed over the last 5 years and sometimes one longs to go and see the reruns.
Actors too have changed over the years; they are well aware of the needs of the audience and invest time and effort on each and every aspect of filmmaking. Definitely this is a great trend and we are seeing some interesting movies come up. We see actors/stars of the caliber of Shahrukh and Aamir sculpt their bodies for films apart from the investment they make in remaining aspects of filmmaking. The amount of marketing Aamir did for 3 idiots was beyond anyoneâ(TM)s imaginations and result was everyone to see. All these guys have had to rediscover themselves, adapt to reach the pinnacles of success.
However, one actor has not changed at all, he was a Brat on screen then, he is a Brat today; Our Good Old (now 43) DABANGG SALMAN. With those Greek God looks, the devil may care attitude had impressed me then and it blew me up in DABANGG today. The film is unabashedly a SALMAN showcase and he carries it off with Ãlan. He is there in almost every frame and when he is not there you feel like walking off. Trust me it is much better than WANTED and is definitely more engaging and dare I say, there is definitely a semblance of a story and script is not 100% flawed. Despite being Salman fans, I and Gita had considered walking out many time during WANTED, but walking out was the last thing on our mind during DABANGG. Please do not go looking for authenticity of the Indian Village (PEEPLI LIVE) or consistency in any other character apart from Chulbul Pandey. The story moves from a Fight to a Song to a fight and then to a song once again with many Witty and earthy one liners thrown in. All the actors are in a Blink and you miss roles, except probably Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan (being a producer, how can we keep him out) and off course the new comer Sonakshi Sinha and in that order too. Sonu Sood does try to hold his ground but Arbaaz is a disaster, but I have a feeling that it has to do with the way his character was written. Sonakshi is definitely taller than Salman and may have an actor hidden somewhere inside her. However she needs to do a lot of Toning if she wants to act in a movie where Salman is not the hero. Sonu Sood did not look menacing enough however he did build up his body. However, all of it comes to naught once our own manâ(TM)s Shirt is literally blown up in the wind of emotions.
The Songs are definitely peppy and à¤ (R)à¥?à¤¨à¥?à¤¨à¥ à¤¬à¤¦à¤¨à¤ 3/4à¤ (R) à¤¹à¥?à¤ is surely one of the highlights, in fact all the songs will definitely work for the repeat audience as will the witty dialogues.
Another thing, look out for the Sarees that Dimple Kapadia is wearing, each of them is worth more than 10K or at least that is what Gita tells me. I think the filmmakers forgot to remember that she was a mother based in a UP Village and designers probably would not have reached there. But who cares anyway...
I read some critics mentioning, leave your brains and home, however, I will advise you to take all your brains there, look for reasons and consistency and everything, you may not find these but still you will not feel bad and you will overlook everything because of our man Salman Khan.
One last thing, I am sure while every actor/star works hard for movies but one thing is clear all other actors are à¤ (R)à¥>à¤¦à¥,à¤° today there is only one real reel HERO and he is SALMAN KHAN DABANGG