Set in Uttar Pradesh, Dabangg is the story of a corrupt police officer played by Salman Khan and highlights the flaws and loopholes in the system. The film primarily deals with the unlawful practices in the states of UP and Bihar.
Set in Uttar Pradesh, Dabangg is the story of a corrupt police officer played by Salman Khan and highlights the flaws and loopholes in the system. The film primarily deals with the unlawful practices in the states of UP and Bihar. less
“A masaledar timepass film! Gives the audience exactly what they need: ENTERTAINMENT!”
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Salman Khan. Eid. A movie set in Uttar Pradesh. And sitting in Kanpur, I dare to wonder why I couldn't hear half the dialogues amidst the din created by hundreds of fans!!
Watching and appreciating a movie is one thing; thoroughly enjoying it is another - and the latter can only be had in a jam-packed UP theatre filled with gregarious young men who cheer, clap and whistle at each punch, swagger, or dialogue delivered by the quintessential alpha male who is God in this part of the country. These are the people who care two hoots about ratings and stars - they know what to expect, and the film makers oblige. I was one happy customer too - the enthusiasm was infectious, making 'the force strong in this one'. :-) And while I talk about Hollywood - the Matrix trilogy, Transporter, and even Hulk are copied unabashedly, in copious amounts - and why not? If undernourished, single haddi Amreekans can pull off such stunts, our Sallu miyan can do much better!
Dabangg re-introduces the hero as the masses imagine him to be - flamboyant and unapologetic, he kills and maims with gay abandon, and loves the 'Jabraat' babe with passion. However, he avoids physical contact with his heroine before marriage, and in subtle ways - he is the original HERO, remember ? The metro-sexual Yashraj loverboy can go to hell, for all we care.
Chulbul Pandey is a cop in Lalganj, UP. He is as corrupt as they come, but with a heart of gold. His world is well defined - an angry old stepfather, a stupid stepbrother, and a doting mother. The Villain is Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood), a crooked politician and his band of goons who have no better occupation then being easy fodder for Chulbul. The girl here is village belle Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha), who speaks less and blushes more before marriage, doing an about turn soon after. The story is more or less obvious: Robin hood fights, loves, preaches... and then he fights some more :D
Salman will create a cult following this time -his trendy RayBans (and where he parks them), crisp shirts, clumsy gait, and absolutely unconventional dancing are bound to be emulated. He is wacky, zany, and over-the-top; and all this adds to the charm of the act.
The cinematography complements the action sequences beautifully, making them much more attractive. The frame has a rustic tinge, and the songs are typical potboiler stuff - attracting catcalls and whistles aplenty for lissome 'Munni'.
As I was leaving the theatre, I was greeted with around a dozen men who were dancing in enjoyment with Salman. Let's go ahead, and join in the fun - all of us deserve such swashbuckling entertainment every now and then !!