Salman Khan’s Dabangg is this year’s Eid Offering. From the day the promos started it clicked really high with the audiences. Dabangg’s popularity rose day by day and there was 100% anticipation among the cine goers. There was no one in the public who wanted to miss this biggest movie of the year. Dabangg takes you back to the 1970’s and 1980’s era of film making where action and dialoguebaazi was the norm, mother-son relationship was at the peak and the villians were typical and how can you forget the gaon ki goris. Well Well… for all Salman Khan fans including me, Dabangg is a celebration… I entered with 100% expectation and returned with 200% gratification… I had a permanent smile plastered on my face and on every dialogue and every fight sequence I roared alongwith the crowded and blowed whistles… I don’t know when was the last time I had enjoyed a mass entertainer in this fashion…
Dabangg is the 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 have a son Makhanchand [Arbaaz Khan].
Prajapati favors Makhanchand, 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. Makhanchand ends up carrying out an act oblivious to the consequences. When Makhanchand realizes he has been used, he turns to Chulbul and join forces with him to eliminate the tyranny of Cheddi Singh.
Actingwise Salman doesn’t disappoint he is a total revelation. Public enjoy all his antics and end up being with him totally…when he fights, when he cries, when he romances and when he sings. After ‘Wanted’ this is another BLOCKBUSTER performance from him. Sonakshi looks pretty and acts well for a debutant, she will go a far way if she chooses her projects well in future. Arbaaz Khan as Makhanchand is okay while Dimple and Vinod Khanna as Salman and Arbaaz’s parents are brilliant. Sonu Sood is a very good and he potrays the role of a villian to the hilt. Anupam Kher and Om Puri in brief roles doesn’t get much scope. Malaika sets the screen on fire with ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ song.
The action by S. Vijayan is out of this world. Music is also a big draw as all the songs are top class eg: Teri Mast Mast Nain, Munni Badnam Hui, Udd Udd Dabangg, Chori Kiya re and Humka Peeni Hain. Sajid Wajid are in top form with the music album and Lalit Pandit with ‘Munni Badnam’ gives yet another chartbuster.
Debutant Director Abhinav Singh Kashyap is in his element. He’s made an out and out entertainer with an eye at the masses and he succeeds in his endeavour. Doing justice to vintage formula is no cakewalk, let’s not forget. Besides, he stays away from going overdramatic while handling the dramatic and emotional moments. This explains why you don’t exit the theatre with a spinning head. Mahesh Limaye’s cinematography is perfect. Editing by Pranav V. Dhiwar is super-slick in action scenes. Dialogues are outstanding, especially those delivered by Salman, were greeted with claps and whistles. Especially ‘Itne chhed karunga’ ‘Yahan ke hum Robinhood hai, Robinhood Pandey’, ‘Policewala agar goli maare toh usse promotion ke saath award bhi milta hai’ etc…
Arbaaz Khan succeeds in his first movie as a producer alongwith debutant director Abhinav Kashyap and Salman as the main lead…On the whole Dabang has BLOCKBUSTER written allover it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED