Dabangg 2

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?) - Stating the obvious: No rating applies to a Salman Khan film for Salman Khan fans.

quick review:

Dabangg 2 increases the dose of wannabe Rajnikanth, only this time around the serving feels lukewarm. But that means nothing to the Saman-fan now, does it? So eye-rollers like me, can continue with the eye-workout. The fans - well, like they need a go ahead from anyone.

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Director: Arbaaz Khan
Running time: 130 minutes
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Badass Robin Hood is back. But, then was there ever a Goodass Robin Hood? Oh, look at me going about searching for logic and cohesion in a masala film, again!

But, hey guess what? Here's something I didn't expect from myself - I am actually looking forward to Dabangg 2. Films like Khiladi 786 can do that to you. With a Salman Khan product, the least you can expect is a few decent action sequences, oh-so-silly action comedy and if all else fails at the very least the production values won't remind you of loud TV shows. And of course, without a doubt I expect a lot more people in the audience who are having fun in a Salman Khan film.

Interestingly, none of the trailers I found had much of an inkling to what the movie is going to be about. That either means, the plot is a well-guarded secret or there is none. I know which way I'm inclining towards. But, the official synopsis does imply that the "story" is going to continue from where we left off in Dabangg. It's nice to finally see a sequel which is actually a sequel versus being a mere cash-in on a wannabe franchise name in Hindi cinema, after such a long time.

While I am yet again going to try my best to enjoy Dabangg 2 for what it is, I doubt my needs for sense within the parameters set by the film are going to be met.

Not to mention, 'Zandu balm' gives way to 'Fevicol' in sending out creeps. Kareena's item number - Fevicol adds to my stress by giving me one more song to oppose when kids I know are asked to perform on stage. This is one instance where I will let the label 'high-brow' stick to me. I'm sure the tune is peppy and the song very hummable, but the lyrics... shakes head in despair

Anyway, the music reviews seem to suggest that the sequel's music pretty much sticks to expectations. I hope the film goes beyond. I'm curious to see which way the change of director from Abhinav Kashyap to Arbaaz Khan takes the next episode of Chulbul Pandey.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "The sequel’s soundtrack is a faithful follow-up – a bit too annoyingly faithful, at times."
Music Aloud - "6.5/10"
dunkdaft - "Though with all the tried tested formula tunes - it works perfectly for this masala sequel."
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3/5"
Happy Sing - "Overall, Dabangg 2, the album, is the sequel you were waiting for. Hope the movie follows."

- meeta, a part of the audience

The best part about a Salman Khan film is the herd of Salmaniacs you are surrounded by. Oh, the whistles, the cheers, the non-stop cackle and overall enthusiasm. I would get through many a Salman film just to be in the middle of that kind of energy. And Dabangg 2 didn't have even that!

The crowd was surprisingly cold except for the mandatory excitement at grand-entry time and during the songs. But, usually the songs get more out of the fans. The first in this series, Dabangg had teenage girls in the audience dancing to the background music of the final fight sequence. Here it was restricted to general cheering and hooting. Since I don't get the mania anyway, and am very unlikely to enjoy the film by itself, my only barometer is the audience reaction - which was rather underwhelming.

The introductory action sequence feels like a recap of Dabangg and you wait for something new and fun in terms of action to come up soon. You keep waiting. There is nothing new or funny about them, they are just repetitive. Only this time, the sound design does the 'action' rather than the usual camera and/or editing. In the name of action choreography, people fall here, there and everywhere in the same old fashion.

In stead you are served one song after another, a few obviously inserted to give the feeling that Sonakshi Sinha had something to do. And in one she was even pitted against Malaika Arora Khan, which I didn't quite understand. Was it some way of making the contrast in terms of looks and dancing skills even more apparent?

Let's not waste our breath over story, it's the same old cop, up against the goon-turned-politician. Only this one is conveniently honest so that he can be Robin-Hood-cum-Kungfu-Panda. Interestingly, the other cops too are all honest and want to do the right thing. This version of Bollywood cop though is soon amalgamating into one, only the 'star' playing him changes - from Dabangg to Singham to Rowdy Rathore this police officer is fusing together and one is difficult to tell apart from the other. That two of these have Sonakshi Sinha as lead lady and two have Prakash Raaj as villain doesn't make it easier.

Of the lot, Prakash Raaj and to an extent Vinod Khanna try their best to bring life to their characters. The rest are just doing the drill, ably led by Salman Khan. Is it not disconcerting to the Salman fan that his playback singer, Sukhwinder Singh is singing his soul out while he barely moves his lips for lip-sync? How is that cool? So, Salman Khan continues to adorn his 'acting' with an attitude of nonchalance. He gets to play silly pranks which can slide by as cute.

Speaking of silly, the silliest gets sillier here and you are left with no choice but give it a laugh. Yet, the dialogue and especially the one-liners, save maybe one or two, carry no weight. Not even those repeat lines given to characters in order to define them, a la 'aata maajhi satakli' or Dabangg's own 'chhed'. To top it off the relatively funnier lines of the lot are repeated to push them down your throat and make sure you 'got' them. However, I did enjoy the language a lot. 'Clean' Hindi is indeed refreshing, even if it sounds fake and forced.

I know a Salman Khan film is no place for me. But, I really do love being in a theater, especially if there is hope of a lively audience. Here's hoping it will work the next time around like it did in Dabangg. Oh yes, there will be a Dabangg 3.

ps. Yes, yes, ladies (and gentlemen) the shirt comes off.

- meeta, a part of the audience

51 reviewers(?) - 17 yays 20 so-so 14 nays

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Thumbs up, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...What served to be disappointing is the lack of a strong villain in this one. We know how powerful Chulbul Pandey is, so it's important to get a credible villain who could hold his own as an equal.... full review

Thumbs up, by Bodrul Choudhury, Bolly Spice : ...However, one of the major disappointments was with Sonakshi Sinha’s performance as Rajjo. Although she was part of some major scenes, she was really just a piece of decoration throughout the film... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...DABANGG 2 is a typical Bollywood film. It's the kind of cinema we relished in the 1980s and enjoy to this date, but narrated in today's lingo and format. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...Fevicol by itself is worth the ticket money at a single-screen theater. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...All said and done, the cliches work because of the phenomenon called Salman Khan.... full review

Thumbs up, fullhyd.com : ...The plot is as predictable as they come: corruption, evil, and a cop facing all this alone. However, both Raj and Dobriyal sell the evil, in as much as evil needs selling in a film like this.... full review

Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Prakash Raj as Bachha Bhai is potent. He infuses terror when he comes on screen. Dobriyal too makes the best of the scenes he is given. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Music by Sajid Wajid is foot-tapping and chartbuster material, although quite a letdown as well, only if compared with ‘Dabangg’ ... full review

Thumbs up, by Swati Deogire, In.com : ...The comic-strip style credits in the beginning sets the tone of the film and the entertaining first half raises more expectations than what it delivers, especially in the action department. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...We didn't need one but Dilip Shukla still does the formality of penning down a story to sustain the drama, action and slapstick. ... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Dabangg 2 has a wafer-thin plot, too many songs and an overdose of action. ... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...This film might be Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut but he manages to do a great job. If masala fare is what you are looking for, Arbaaz delivers…and then some!... full review

Thumbs up, by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA : ...Dabangg 2 is a typical mass entertainer and Bollywood masala film, where the main intention is to just 'Enjoy' the 2+ hours.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Sonakshi Sinha, looking ethereal in her ethnic wear, delivers yet another solid performance. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster : ...Aces: Salman, Salman, Salman... full review

Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Dabanng 2 never takes its eye off its heart - Salman Khan.... full review

Thumbs up, by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Salman and Sonakshi complement each other on the big screen and together they have infused life into their marital romance quite well in the film. ... full review

So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...I can’t recall the last Hindi film I saw which had such a sequentially compartmentalised screenplay... full review

So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Arbaaz Khan treads the safe path and follows the footprints of Abhinav Kashyap in the 2010 superhit, neither daring to experiment, nor displaying intelligence any more than the character he plays in the film.... full review

So-So, by Suparna Thombare, Bollywood Life : ...Thanks to Salman’s antics, a very predictable Dabangg 2 becomes entertaining, but only in parts. ... full review

So-So, by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ... For someone like me who didn't find the first part worthy of all the accolades it won, Dabangg 2 was slightly better or more tolerable to be precise (one reason for that is its shorter duration).... full review

So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Dabangg 2 has no soaring highs, but it delivers its entertainment in small, self-releasing doses and Salman Khan does it all—giggling, weeping (yes!), taunting, fighting... full review

So-So, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Expect the expected... full review

So-So, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...Prakash Raj just barks and barks but doesn't bite. Having seen him in all his recent Hindi films it was boring to sit through his repetitive performance. ... full review

So-So, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Salman, my hero is perfect (He can do no wrong) The movie thankfully isn’t even that long... full review

So-So, by Kanika Sikka, DNA : ...It is quite an entertainer, but only for Salman fans (like me).... full review

So-So, by Rubina A Khan, FirstPost : ...The mere presence of Salman in the film makes you forget that it lacks a story; such is his persona. ... full review

So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...Can someone please write a terrific plot for this terrific character?... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Clever punch lines are few and far between, and even Sajid-Wajid's music has a recycled quality to it. ... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ... It made item girl Kareena's 'Favicol' not sticky enough, and made me miss the truly jiggy Munni. ... full review

So-So, by Roshni Devi, koimoi : ...Deepak Dobriyal gets very little space as Gainda, but he’s a darn good baddie.... full review

So-So, by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY : ...Chulbul ribs a few colleagues, donates money, teases his father, brother and wife. Wife gets angry, time for a song. ... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Dabangg 2 lacks the infectious verve and delightfully pervasive spontaneity of the film that triggered Bollywood's 100-crore craze a couple of years ago.... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Quite unlike the sequels being made in the industry which hold no relevance to their predecessor, Dabangg 2 takes off as a continuation of its first part.... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Dabangg 2 serves primarily as a reminder of what this Rs 100 crore addiction is doing to the art of entertainment. Entertainment, not filmmaking, mind you. Even escapism deserves to be treated with boundless imagination. ... full review

So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...less unwatchable.... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...His co-stars only aide in bringing out the various shades to his character. While Sonakshi Sinha is responsible for his romantic streak and only restricts herself to that courtesy zilch character-sketch and minimal dialogues, Vinod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan show his innocent boyish side as Chulbul goes ahead making prank calls to his father or teasing his brother.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Musically, it has a good soundtrack no doubt but still a little weak if compared to its part one.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...The audience was laughing away, even before bothering to hear the dialogues. They had come decided that would just love the movie.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema : ...Nirmala (Mahi Gill), the wife of Chulbul’s unemployed brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan), who is staying away from him in order to pursue her education. She plans to have a career as a school teacher like her father and keep her husband at home like a housewife! It’s not surprising that Makkhi is just a comic sidekick and Nirmala merely a guest appearance in the film. Because men like to be served food hot and will always remain obsessed about work or sex.... full review

Thumbs down, by Danish Bagdadi, Desi Martini : ...The Fevicol song has some truly crass and sexist lyrics and boy does Kareena Kapoor overdo it, it’s sickening. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ... Dabangg 2 on the other hand is an oversmart attempt at cashing in on the Chulbul Salman wave, that does not leave much of an impact. Watch it once, forget it five minutes hence.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...Wannabe-Dabangg... full review

Thumbs down, by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost : ...They clap if he so much as stands up, they thrill to his unsophisticated dance moves, they giggle with abandon when he makes silly faces. In the face of such a loyal loving khaandaan, who could possibly summon up the courage to suggest that the brat isn’t really that cute?... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...The lack of even a semblance of a story is galling. The characterisations are even more caricatured. It’s quite clear that there was no script to power this project and sheer greed can only take it so far. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...With little to appreciate or applaud, Dabangg 2 simply seems like a bad memory of a good dream.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...The other performances are unremarkable, except a cameo by Deepak Dobriyal as the town’s petty, diminutive, really bad guy. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, MiD DAY : ...And the most important question of all: When will Sallu take his shirt off, what with all that teasing with the vests? Questions, questions.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ..."Dabangg 2" also objectifies women in the worst way possible.... full review

Thumbs down, by Poorva Rajaram, Tehelka : ...Dabangg 2 is made with schematic cynicism — one can literally picture the spreadsheet of tick marks that went into its fastracked script... full review

Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ... Why is it so important for Salman Khan to lose his shirt in every film? Because superheroes are all about the costume. ... full review

116 tweeters(?) - 92 yays 9 so-so 15 nays

Zo499: Dabangg 2 #goodmovie

zia_mirza: I enjoyed to watch Dabangg 2 the movie sooo Awesome Salman Khan <3 :D

ZaveriJay: ‘Dabangg 2’ is a Complete package & A Wholesome Entertainment ...A Suppab Hillarious Movie ..Kammal karte ho Pandeji :D http://twitter.com/ZaveriJay/status/282951014758379520/photo/1

Zarghamize: Watched Dabangg 2... Maza agaya pande jeee... :D

wadhwaneha: Dabangg 2 full paisa wasool !

Vishal_singh786: Just saw Dabangg 2......loveddddddddddd it supaaaaa fun [email protected] @aruubajaj

vasudevnana: DABANGG 2 is must watch.... Salman Khan has proved again, he can pull on legacy of Amitabh and Rajnikant.... 30 undefined

VARUNVE72877805: Dabangg 2 awasome movie. Planng 2 watch once more..

tusharacharya: #Dabangg 2...a must watch sequel...Chulbul Pandey @BeingSalmanKhan rocks....

TrishaliG: awsome movie dabbang 2 love u salman

TheSalmanKhans: All Salman Khan(Santa) fans got there christmas gift Dabangg 2...

thediva_1: Dabangg 2 was good fun.Was typical masala with absolutely nothing new, but the music, Rajjo-Chulbul's romance AND Salman made up for it ;)

Tasleemsabbag: I saw dabangg 2 it is a entertening movie. but not better than dabangg

Tanyasrivastav4: Dabangg 2 ... It's a funny one !

Star_Khadija: Dabangg 2 - FANSTATIC ACTION SCENES! Loved seeing Rajjo & Munni together. Fevicol bit edited. Big let down is the Singhamish story line.

soyatweets: stop analyzing, throw that philosophy book out of the window, stop sporting that serious look and go out enjoy DABANGG 2!! :-D

sonaderi: Dabangg 2 was pretty good.

sk_arbaaz: Dabangg 2 Was Awesome Once Again No Doubt Salman Khan Rocks (@YouTube http://t.co/U2WifcII)

shubh5salve: dabangg 2 rocks

shinky_05: awsumm muvi,#dabbang 2,full paisa vasool n #sonakshisinha,tussi to chaa gaye,n #BeingSalmanKhan,kamal krte ho chulbul pandeyji!! love u!

shail338: watched dabangg 2 .....was awsam

shahzaib345: "DAbbaNg 2" AwesOme mOvie YaWr ...:) Great ComeDy , ActioN , DanCe By Salman Khan :) Super Hit ...

sawant: Watched Dabangg 2! Great action & the portrayal of Chulbul Pandey by Salman Khan are the highlights of the movie. My rating: 7 out of 10!

Saurabhraj: Dabangg 2....!!! A must watch before you die...!!

saru_walia_7: loved Dabangg 2, Kung fu pandeyji you rock :)

Sajee_S: Watched Dabangg 2, enjoyed it, loved it. Salman Khan is just FUNTABULISTIC ☺ he's awesome in d comic scenes as well as d emotional, Superb!

saching94422264: dabangg 2 is block buster movie off the year

rosie9566: Dabangg 2 rocks! SUPERB Movie Kya baat hai!

RockPrnss: I loved dabangg 2

RJSreebindu: A film that values human feelings, that is Dabangg-2 for me @BeingSalmanKhan :) http://twitter.com/RJSreebindu/status/282885464845844480/photo/1

rjanup: Dabangg 2: Salmaniacs keliye ,Salman Fans ke liye 3.5/5 Mirchis http://www.facebook.com/anupuae/posts/183997005080354

RizwanTakkhar: Okay so Dabangg 2 was bloody awesome hahaha. Thank you Royal Brunei!

Rajveer_Singh87: Dabangg 2 is so awesome!!! Bhai jaan has done his magic again...jiyo bhai jaan jiyo!!!

PresillaRamnath: OMG.... Dabangg 2 is amazing!! @BeingSalmanKhan's charisma blew me away. Really loved Chulbul ke bulbull @sonakshisinha's performance!

Prakash_Mali: #Dabangg 2 was fantastic! A terrific entertainer. Salman Khan, you're ultimate.....!

prabirsaha08: Watched Dabangg 2 on this evening...full of comedy, action & ultimate entertainer...typical Salman Khan film

PMaheshkar: Helo salman I watched your film dabangg 2 and it is awesome http://twitter.com/PMaheshkar/status/282880555580801024/photo/1

ParvezKhan_: looks like dabangg 2 2 b another B.O. hit Salman..the new king of bollywood Way to go Sallu

NOOOORKHAN: Dabangg 2 is awesome movie of 2012. @BeingSalmanKhan

Nikhil_Rams: (Contd) My fav 10 (Hindi) films of 2012...6) Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 7) Talaash, 8) Ferrari Ki Sawaari, 9) Gangs of Wasseypur- 1 and 10) Dabangg 2

NikhilBhangale: Dabangg 2 masala entertainer.. Salman movie which u will actually like...!!

NikheelGauns: Dabangg 2 again !!

NextBigThingSiD: Dabangg 2 is good. I enjoyed it.

MongaAshu: Maine pehle hi kaha tha... I will love dabangg 2!! And i did!! @sonakshisinha @BeingSalmanKhan. Thanks for the movie!! Pleaaaaase reply!!!!!

mohit42372001: dabangg 2 :-) waaaaoooooooooooo........

mkmkumar609: Dabangg 2 is awesome #movie

mkapoor007: Dabangg 2 = Total Paisa Vasool... :)

mishti_doll: Saw wanted, thn hum sath sath hai thn dabbang 2 thn Salman Khan in bigg boss.. Today ws a Salman's day.. Awsum day..

manish2070: Dabbang 2 was definitely one of top three entertaining movie of the year.

mamtasaikia: Dabangg 2 -- actually good fun!! Mainly becos -- deep within our heart we all want a police officer like that to protect us fm criminals!!

MaazKhan19: Dabangg 2 must watch movie...awesome moviee...its Salmanmaniac....Salman Khan..a SupaStar...<3

LOVE_143_: Today i have watch "Dabangg 2" its was awesome,,,,,,,,,,,movie,,,,,,,super duper hit,,,,,,,

lgaynar: Great movie..... http://toi.in/micron/redirect.html?str=paMbgb

LabbaikAshraf: Just came from ciniplex hyperstar Dabangg 2 was awsome had alot of fun :)

karthiktrasher: Dabangg 2 was awesome

kanwal_ahmad: oh my god, Dabangg 2 Dialogues are too funny xD

JuhiLaungani: Dabangg 2- must watch!!!

joshialok: dabangg 2, my review : many more dabangg on the way... for sure !!! Salman - "sachin of bollywood" !!

interodonna: Dabangg 2.. Was typical Salman mass entertainment. Had a good laugh. Super fun with family & friends. :)

IndianDelight69: Everyone watch dabangg 2

im_rish: Dabangg 2 dkha mast he

Imran993Imran: Dabangg 2 i watchd 2 tms dil nahi bara fr sure i vl watch mre thn 5 tms salman rocks dabav bana rakna chaiye

imkamalrijal: Jarur dekhiyaga Dabangg 2

IKuikel: My Best Movies of da year... "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" & " Dabangg 2"... Love those movies...!!!!

HotRod_1234: Dabbang 2 !!!! Worth a Watch !!

hiteshtanwani10: Dabangg 2 .. A MUST WATCH ...

Gotham3: Dabangg 2 is definitely a much better flick than Dabangg in every department. Good job by @arbaazSkhan directing for the first time.

GarrulousRisho: No1 does it better than @beingsalmankhan! Dabangg 2 sure hit!

Furyal_4: Dabangg 2 was awesome! Fell in love with @BeingSalmanKhan all over again <3

DWalmiki: Action an thriller..jus too good . Dabangg 2

dipsprince: Jhakas movie dabangg 2.....hit hit super hit

DhruviYadav: What was the last movie you watched that was really good?... — I'd say Dabangg 2 was quite good http://ask.fm/DhruviYadav/answer/19304906216

dabangg2khan: So watched Dabangg 2 second tym with mine own money ..it's hard t o get tickets..

CenaFanForLife: Dabangg 2 is really an awesome movie.

BengSalmanKhan: #Dabangg 2 was fantastic! A terrific entertainer. Salman Khan, you're ultimate.....! Rt @Prakash_Mali)

Being_Snehal: Koi DABANGG 2 k bare me bura bole to keh dena ZHOOTHIYA SAALA! :-P

avakharia: Dabangg 2 and Salman Khan - One of the best actors in the world and such an amazing movie! Salman rocks!!!!

ash_dumb: Dabangg 2 was entertaining ❤

asam_786: Just watched dabangg 2 loved it @BeingSalmanKhan is just a legend #Dabangg2

annanyasingh1: DABANGG 2 is one of the blockbuster movie of this year.....

AnanyaRao3481: Dabangg 2, What a sexxxy movie!

ananthtp: Dabangg 2 :D nice movie :)

AmitKool1: Dabangg 2 awesum movie of the year 2012...........................such a entertaining movie Pandey ji rocksss again Jst love it ;)

AMBERLEJLA_: Dabangg 2 was wel lolll :) #Bollywood #movieeeeee

AliCfresh_23: Dabangg 2 was a good movie

akifehsan: Dabbang 2 - 7 out of 10, full review on fb :-)

aijazahmed2: Dabangg 2 is break record movie

ahmed_sf: dabangg 2 rocks good movie most watch everyone.

aditi_ad: Dabangg 2.. V sweet.. Enjoyed it more than 1. Salman looking better and better. Must watch for those who liked 1.

adiltheking: Really, Dabangg 2 is an awesome movie, paisa vasool...kamaal ki picture hai yaar....liked it vry much...;)

AbhishekMSharma: Dabangg 2, a nice movie. Those who loved Dabangg will love D2 too. Old wine served in a new bottle & served very well. Salman Khan is superb

1000lifelessons: Well @BeingSalmanKhan, I give #Dabangg 2 4 out of 5 stars. AWESOME! Here is my unofficial review - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZMCZRunP1A

SukanyaCjee: Dabangg 2. Not bad!

starbuckswanker: Dabangg 2 - well worth a watch!!

shreyx: Just saw Dabangg 2. Okay it was. Prakash Raj was completely wasted.

shefali_gautam: Hi salman, i am urbbig fan and saw Dabangg 2 on saturday. I liked u in the film but did not connect with the movie. I did not find ny story

indolence_vm: Country on deathbed, all kidney #phail - Chaubey jee from Dabangg 2 #theekhai

IndieSu: Dabangg 2 seems to be a repeat of the first franchisee plus a few good laughs thrown in here and there. One time watch.

ahmedtariq84: Dabangg 2 is just ok. #NotASalluFan :p

ahmeds027: Dabangg 2 lots of Salman Khan minus any drama lot more action 1 time watch #dabangg2

abdullah_munaz: But the script is weaker in Dabangg 2 with expected twists and predictable ending. 2.5 stars, that's it.

VirozneenPatel: Watched Dabbang 2 Today, Its a worthless Dabba 2 In Front Of The Original Dabbang, Prakash Raj Can Never Match Up... http://www.facebook.com/virozneen/posts/4992176520250

varunkalra07: Hugely disappointed with Dabangg 2, no storyline. Just trying to cash in on the first one.

Siggualam: Dabbang 2 is shit

SALMAN_FAN8: #dabangg 2 wom of this film is positive so far.hardly any 1 not liking the film.

ridhiiculous: This is not the best time to tweet about how shitty 'Dabangg 2' is.

RealisticUtopia: The best thing that can happen to a script like Dabangg-2 is its runtime. Before you realize the sloppiness,the movie is done. #BrandChulbul

mishra_ap: Dabangg 2: A perfect mixture of stupidity, nonsense, naive acting by experienced actors and a total disaster.

Mayures38361440: what to expect from village, cheap and illiterate franchise like DUMB DABBANG!

kpl26021993: #DABANGG-2# ...disappointment:-(:-(...!

iamobaidbashir: Abhinav Kashyap’s Dabangg was sUperb buT the sequel - Arbaaz Khan's 'Dabangg 2' is a disappointment!!!

iamfSRK: someone who enjoyed Abhinav’s Dabangg, the sequel - Arbaaz's 'Dabangg 2' is a disappointment! y? Read FULL REVIEW on: http://businessofcinema.com/reviews/review-arbaaz-khans-dabangg-2-doesnt-live-up-to-abhinav-kashyaps-dabangg/56246

gmanishreddy: I saw two lovely movies Life of Pi and The Hobbit, and then I saw Dabangg 2, the other end of the spectrum

fyouthatswhy: Dabangg 2 was a disappointment.

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alak_j: dabangg 2 was a disappointment :/

12 readers - 7 yays 2 so-so 3 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Salman Khan : It was the "worst" movie I have ever seen.

Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : So - is THIS why Salman Khan's a star in India...?

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Buy Darvocet Online

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Gautam : The Salman madness needs to be experienced in a theater full of crazy fans. Must watch for that!!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Julia Robert

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Komal Shah

Yay! Thumbs Up, by MOTA : dabangg 2 review with funny drawings of salman, sonaksi and kareena http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Taj Mehta : Power pack action film... Salman keeps you glued to the seat

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Velagyan : Go for it I know you are a salman fan.

So-So, by moscow says

So-So, by Shreeja N

Nay! Thumbs Down, by ek villan

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Shilpa

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Suman

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Robin-Hood Pandey (Salman Khan) is in Kanpur to clean the town of its dirty goons and politicians.

What Worked

  • That Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) and co are chewing on raw tamarind. For some reason, it was funny.
  • Vinod Khanna's performance in the park scene where Chulbul Pandey responds to his fears.
  • The Police Department's uprightedness. You do wish this film somehow inspired a few police officers to work for the common man.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The drumroll that builds-up to indicate a Salman entry. In fact, the background music throughout serves as a cue to the emotion you are supposed to feel. Pretty annoying. Not to mention slapsticky sound effects to induce laughter.
  • The promise by Salman Khan and a female reporter that we should expect a lot of fun!
  • The knuckle dance.
  • The product placement was outright disgusting.
  • The transfer of sunglasses from Sonakshi Sinha to Salman Khan.
  • Even for a film of this caliber, why would a witness wait to make a call before going to the court?
  • The facade of women's lib.
  • The comedy made out of a midget and lame person.
  • The [*DDLJ*](http://wogma.com/article/revisiting-ddlj/ "Essay on Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge") references.
  • Acting by the man who plays Bachcha Bhaiya's (Prakash Raaj's) guru
  • Makhhi Singh's (Arbaaz Khan's) track in the story.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads of dhishum-dhishum, gun shots and a couple of cracked necks.
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of item songs with skimpily clad women and of course Salman Khan takes his shirt off.
  • Concept: A police officer takes on the burden of cleaning the city of its goons.
  • General Look and Feel: Bright, loud, energetic.

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Comments (13)

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You've got a terrific sense of humour :)I doubt if Dabanng 2 has a solid storyline and a plot,but I guess 'Fevicol', PJs and action sequences will have the aam junta glued to their seats.

Ha ha @Shreeja, you think so? I have a feeling my sense of humor is not going to be good enough to enjoy Dabangg 2. ;)

@Dattaprasad he he...as long as I don't mind the professional hazards, all's well, I guess ;)

@Velagyan yep, for better or for worse, that is the only question... :)

@Salman Khan thank you! Love your name ;)

You and me definitely watched it with a different audience :) In my theater, I couldn't hear the dialog for the first fifteen minutes due to the noise from the crowd and during the 'Fevicol' song I couldn't see the screen as everyone was up and dancing on the seats!! And almost for the entire duration of the movie I had a crazy grin on my face :D Its an experience that I would pay for any day no matter how many he repeats the same formula.

Back late from the show it was almost midnight with nary a soul awake. I made myself some hot soup and watched 'Salmon fishing in the Yemen', end to a perfect day :)

Suman Chakraborty

Direction: 2
Story: 0.5
Lead Actors: 2
Character Artists: 0.5

Dialogues: 2
Screenplay: 0.5
Music Director: 1.5
Lyrics: 1

@moscow - "Same thing everytime"- i agree.

@Gautam - oh lovely! That's what I was looking forward to! And I agree with "Its an experience that I would pay for any day no matter how many he repeats the same formula."
Doesn't make me like the film any more or less, but enriches the experience, nevertheless.

@Suman I hear ya!

Power pack action film... Salman keeps you glued to the seat… To book the tickets download Dabangg2 Mobile app from Google store and Apple store...

@Meetu - you know, DABANGG is playing at my local multiplex in upstate New York! We were all really surprised to see a masala show up right next to THE HOBBITT and DJANGO UNCHAINED - and we'd be delighted, if it weren't a Salman Khan vehicle....

@TimELiebe Oh well, at least it is a start. :)

Mansi

...A pistol in hand is more than he can ask for, to fight 20 odd beasts (no one questions why they won't get him all together instead of trying their luck one by one); a spin of his arm gets his opponent down in one fell swoop; his presence most times, is enough to scare away the scariest looking brutes. He's as macho fighting the goons as romancing his wife with all the smirkish liveliness and the giggles, that by the way, does not make you balk. It only makes you fall more in love with this Chulbul 'charming' Pandey... http://eatpraylovemovies.blogspot.in/2012/12/back-with-dabangg.html

...A pistol in hand is more than he can ask for, to fight 20 odd beasts (no one questions why they won't get him all together instead of trying their luck one by one); a spin of his arm gets his opponent down in one fell swoop; his presence most times, is enough to scare away the scariest looking brutes. He's as macho fighting the goons as romancing his wife with all the smirkish liveliness and the giggles, that by the way, does not make you balk. It only makes you fall more in love with this Chulbul 'charming' Pandey... http://eatpraylovemovies.blogspot.in/2012/12/back-with-dabangg.html

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