wogma rating: Don't bother (?) - Stating the obvious: No rating applies to a Salman Khan film for Salman Khan fans.
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.Read more
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.
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
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, 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 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, 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 Resham Sengar, Zee News : ...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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 !
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.
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
NikhilBhangale: Dabangg 2 masala entertainer.. Salman movie which u will actually like...!!
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
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,,,,,,,
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
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
im_rish: Dabangg 2 dkha mast he
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
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
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.
alak_j: dabangg 2 was a disappointment :/
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.
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Robin-Hood Pandey (Salman Khan) is in Kanpur to clean the town of its dirty goons and politicians.