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Dabangg, and more so, Salman Khan, won't even allow a reviewer her right to roll her eyes. How can she be the snoot who ignores a packed house is dancing and clapping its way to the background score of an action sequence? She laughs at the silliness on screen and off. She walks out of the theater feeling happy for the people who had come to enjoy and made sure they had a good time. But enjoy, for her own self, did she? Nope. Not a chance.Read more
Dabangg has all sort-of filmy ancestory associate with it. Of course there is the one and only non-stop, non-sense creator Salman Khan in the lead with brother Arbaaz Khan and sister-in-law Mallaika Arora Khan producing the film and playing bit roles. Dabangg is also the launch pad for khaamosh Shatrughna Sinha's daughter Sonakshi Sinha and Anurag Kashyap's brother Abhinav Kashyap.
The sound of a Kashyap-Khan rings a weird bell. But we live in a strange world. What is disturbing though is a combination of bits of information doing the rounds -
Influences of my brother's style of filmmaking are definitely there since we have worked together in 1995. There will be overlapping sensibilities, but the subject of this film (Dabangg) is very different from the kind of subjects Anurag chooses for his films.
The same article goes on to quote Abhinav Kashyap -
We work in a democratic set up… everyone throws in their ideas. Yes, we did change certain things in the film, but everything was not dictated by Salman. We all sat together and brainstormed and decided to mould the vision of the script a little bit. It was a collective process
So, we actually have a Anurag Kashyap-Salman Khan influence on the film. I have no clue whether that'll make 'a best of both worlds' film or a broth that is spoilt by the proverbial too many cooks.
But the balance of course is tilted towards Khan -
once we made up our minds that we are going to make a commercial pot-boiler, we thought of going the whole unapologetic way, the Salman Khan way
And as if we needed proof -
And you sure have the target audience, the 'Salman Fan Club' drooling -
Bollywood Hungama - First Look promo of Arbaaz Khan Production's Dabangg gets over leaving you gasping for breath and panting for more.
Blogger Papa Bear - Dabangg, for me, has one of the best Hindi movie trailers of all time.
Passion for Cinema - The movie does not promise to be a path breaker or an achievement beyond excellence. It's an entertainer meant to rigor our senses and connect with the audience. Let it be so!
While it looks like Salman Khan fans are going to have a blast, lesser mortals like us cannot complain about not being warned if the director says -
I don't know who said that but I read somewhere that 'Cliché is a cliché because it works'. Dabangg will work. There is a reason why such films do well
And the actor is absolutely clear about his skills as a performer -
I can get caught for anything, but not acting. I’m on screen just the way I am in real life. I’ve never played any characters. When you’re acting, you’re basically taking a character from somewhere. With me, it’s like Jo line aya hai, jaisa bolne ka hai, waise bolo, khatam karo. Aage bhado. (Read the line and move on) I’m not one of those who comes on the set and says ‘Give me half an hour, I want to get into character
I think multiplex audiences have money and are more conscious of what people will say if they clap and whistle. That’s it. We are trying to change that in Dabangg, get them off their high horses and make them scream and shout
Anyway, the party has started well -
Milliblog - Two listenable tracks is a lot for this soundtrack!
Apun ka choice - Music directors have done full justice to the album and to Salman’s character
Yahoo! - has mass appeal
Bollywood Hungama - something in store for mass as well as class
Sudeep Shukla - Some might find [sic] is too cheesy with all those lyrics and some might see it more loud
Megzone - Just waiting to catch a glimpse at Malaika’s jhatkas and matkas
And here go, catch your glimpse of Malaika's jhatkas
- meeta, a part of the audience
No one can say, "Dabangg falls short of expectations." - Salman Khan fan or not. The kind of 600-odd youngsters that come for an 8:30AM show; those who boo at trailers because they stand between Dabangg and them; they can't wait for their hero's grand entry - these people certainly fall in a skewed sample set. But they are the target audience too. Vouching for Dabangg, on their behalf, is easy. Thanks to the deafening cheers at every line Salman Khan mouthed and even at some non-verbal, action-packed sequences. Me? Well, I am an outsider in such a forum. I try to go with the flow but it just isn't my kind of film, Dabangg.
Dabangg turned out to be what I thought it would be - Salman Khan playing himself (for he knows no other way); reasonable action; cheeky one-liners; good music; and loads of nonsense in the story but who cares about that anyway, right? In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say Dabangg even exceeded my expectations - Salman Khan plays Rajnikanth; there are a few awesome moves in the fight sequences; and the plot is loosely coherent.
But then again, I'm no Rajni-fan either. ducks brickbat(s). At least, that attack on me isn't animated by some shoddy computer graphics. And they are not bad copies from various other films either. Also no chick editor snap and sew it together oh-so-quickly. Hey, who am I kidding, I ain't Salman Khan fan either.
Every actor in the film takes cue from Salman Khan. Take one expression and stick to it. Be it Vinod Khanna or Dimple Kapadia. Oh, Sonakshi Sinha, she has two to switch between - disturbed-why-me and smile-when-my-admirer-wants-me-to. Her role seems to have gone under some heavy-duty scissors. Only that can explain the gaps in her character arc. Producer and item-numberer, Malaika Arora Khan makes a better impact on your memory than Sonakshi Sinha.
Films of this genre can't be bothered by things like consistency and comprehension, and this one at least makes an attempt. Fails miserably, but tries nevertheless. It actually takes time to set the characters and their relationships up. The script goes on to build on this background, too. But, the rush to wrap it up shows. The urge to put in more action and less story, becomes transparent. Thus starts a race for the quickest character transition - be it good to evil or the other way around. The change is glaring at you even harder because of the extremes that each of these characters have gone to in the opposite direction. You remember the 80s.
The broad plot tries to say something about national issues, from political to social, from dowry to bribery. But then they are left loose. Not that I want any preaching from anyone. But those elements don't find conclusion and that's sort-of disorienting. You leave with questions that didn't look like they were intentionally so.
Oh, look at me trying to impersonate an intellectual fart. Go on people, go enjoy your annual dose of Salman Khan. I love to see people let their hair down, abandon care and just have a good laugh...or dance. Even if it is to the tune of a wannabe 'omakara' or 'beedi jalai le'. Oh, by the way, if you enjoyed the munni song, check this out - the original.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...I can continue to wax lyrical about Salman Khan's performance, and I will be honest to admit I haven't been quite convinced with his roles in Veer and London Dreams, though I must say this role of his has converted me into a fan. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The surprise of Dabanng, however, is that this aggressive masala-fest, hero versus villain, is a mere bookend to the unexpectedly low-key relationship drama in-between, played out in an Omkara-land, resplendent in earthen hues, where politics runs headlong into passions.... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...it has Salman like never before. Breathing fire and venom, Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey taps Salman's star power like no film has and the result is sheer magic.... full review
Thumbs up, by Manisha Lakhe, Film Impressions : ...SANITY SAYS: I don't like it. Why is it so choppy? SalmanfanINSANITY SAYS: OOOOOH! BHAI IN A YELLOW SHIRT! CHOPPY KAUN DEKHTA HAI! WOW... Look at the fights! AWESOME... full review
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...It’s difficult to figure what the hero is fighting for really, but his own self. This makes the villain (Sonu Sood) terribly weak; eventual salvation, deeply unsatisfying; plot, fairly pointless.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...So Salman Khan's pelvis is more expressive than his face. His lip sync is distinctly dodgy. His dramatic scenes always border a bit on bathos. And he could always do with a few extra inches. But is there a movie that has tapped into his charisma as well as Dabangg? No.... full review
Thumbs up, by Amrita Ranjan, Indiequill : ...He’s not trying to re-interpret, deconstruct or elevate it. He’s simply and methodically bashing in the heads of random people who get in his way in a manner that makes you feel like he’s doing it for you as a personal favor.... full review
Thumbs up, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...The screenplay also may not be the most ideal screenplay or one which offers novelty but it is, at least, clear and conveys everything in a straight and simple manner. ... full review
Thumbs up, Mixed Bag : ...The story of ‘Dabangg’ is plain but the screenplay is electrifyingly tight and the director Abhinav Singh Kashyap loaded the moving script with tonnes of entertainment... full review
Thumbs up, by Abhishek Gurbani , My Take on Flicks : ...The character of ‘Chulbul Pandey’ seems to be tailor made for Salman Khan because he fits in to the role of a ‘good’ corrupt cop completely with his distinct style and mannerisms.... full review
Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...It's the role of a lifetime and Salman Khan bites into it like a starving man devours a feast. He inhabits it fully, strutting and swaggering and even, spoofing himself. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ankit Ojha , Planet Bollywood : ...If the writing is excellent, the execution by Kashyap is top-notch. Aadmi mein dum hai. He handles each scene with so much finesse that you’ll end up getting gripped with the whole film. I can’t wait to see what Kashyap intends to direct next. ... full review
Thumbs up, by GreatBong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...The excellent way Abhinav Kashyap, brother of Anurag Kashyap, lays out the opening fight set-piece sets the mood for the entire movie.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...For anybody who wants to know what is the on-screen definition of Bollywood (read popular mainstream Hindi cinema), Dabangg is truly text book fare.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Now apart from its weak storyline and script, what’s the greatest flaw in DABANGG? That’s the absence of any out of the box, solid and powerful villain standing against Salman Khan in the film.... full review
So-So, by Fatema, Cinemaa Online : ...While a profitable film is always good news, the better news Dabangg brings is the arrival of a talented director in Abhinav Kashyap, assured of his story-telling.... full review
So-So, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...One doesn’t expect an intellectual or inventive story from a Salman Khan film but the writing by Abhinav Kashyup and Dilip Shukla is pretty predictable and dated.... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...And Dimple Kapadia, wheezing, coughing, groaning and ranting her way through the mother's role (what got into Dimple???) hams her way through this action drama where being opulently outrageous comes naturally to everyone. ... full review
So-So, by moviemagik , Passion for Cinema : ...But a good script is still a good script, and that is exactly what this film lacks. The story is too simple and straightforward, and is deliberately kept that way while other aspects were given importance.... full review
So-So, The Friday Freak : ...For a crisp action thriller, the screenplay lags in between, and you will find yourself twiddling your thumbs between one Salman Khan appearance and another for a while.... full review
So-So, by filmbear, Upper Stall : ...The whole idea of Robin Hood is lost as there is hardly any focus on 'robbing the rich and giving it to the poor', save for a couple of stray, forced instances. The analogy is fraud. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The ecstasy in certain quarters over Dabangg seems to prove that no matter how much we may try to impress the West with sophisticated films set amidst the diaspora, or realistic films about starving farmers, we actually just want updates of the old B-Cinema... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma , Live Mint : ...the film’s writing rests on the dialogues, inspired entirely by Hindi heartland humour, which debut director Abhinav Kashyap obviously understands... full review
ZebaKhan17: @Faridoon_S No big director, No big producer, No big co-star but still dabangg manages to break all records! true superstar @BeingSalmankhan
vyasabhayvyas: @BeingSalmanKhan dabangg just wow...... pandey sir.. tussi gr8 ho...
vivek_mandal: @sonakshisinha DABANGG rocks bigg time... :D also the music is outstanding...HIT hai boss!!
Vipscooldude: @sonakshisinha hii....ur r awesme in dabangg.....really nce...rocking movie...by d way which ur next movie..m really excited 4 dat....
vinaykashy: @beingsalmankhan Dabangg is awesome!
varangupta: @BeingSalmanKhan dabangg rocks...wat a movie...really liked it very much.........
urDIPAN: DABANGG:full on commercial,Entertaining film wid not so good story But hit the theater like 'THE-BANG'
UmairSalman: Dabangg Dabbang Dabaang :P <3
thecooldesiboy: Watched Dabangg ! Kamal Karte Ho ! 70's Ke Purane Formule Mein Salman Ko Dal Ke Jhakass Bana Dete Ho ! Great In Every Sector, A Must Watch !
Syed_Alamgir: @BeingSalmanKhan THANKS FOR GIVING US DABANGG WE ARE SO GREATFUL TO YOU.
syedaslam: Yesterday saw two movies back to back. Resident Evil 4 and Dabangg. First one was not up to the expectations and second one was awesome.
suryakanta_88: Watched Dabangg today 5 out of 5
sunitatripathi4: @BeingSalmanKhan hey congrats,for the smashing hit dabangg
sumit0546: salman is done an awesome job in dabangg..........
soulfulsaai: @chin80 i dont hav words to tell u wht i felt after i saw robot promo when i went to see dabangg!!
SK_4ever: RT @ashu8000: @sonakshisinha hi sister how r u?i watched dabangg again,kya alam tha cinema hall ka!kamal karte ho yaar! :D
SKPCFanNo1: @priyankachopra dabangg rocks salman khan arbaaz khan r so cool in the movie but salman kan rocks seen it twice
skm1710: @BeingSalmanKhan Boom............. waw...... Congratulation! To success of Dabangg............
siddiq690: dabangg is like big bang on B.O
sherrytui: Afta emulating Rajnikant's style in Wanted n nw in Dabangg, @BeingSalmanKhan can rightly be called d Rajnikant of North India, wat say?!
shefali_gautam: @sonakshisinha Hey u were too good in dabangg...all boys went crazy...! Hope to c in glam look too in ur next film..!
shalin135: Salman u rocks! Dabangg rocks! Dont get of frm twitter
ShahainiZahar: @Vivekkl it a big slap to them #dabangg is phenomenal! @beingsalmankhan is a living legend wiv Chulbul Pandey.Tq 2 @arbaazSkhan for his job!
sghbcorp: dabangg is very nice................
sejal007dev: RT @satishkaushik2: Can't get over from Salman's stylish performance in Dabangg..He is now Rajnikant of hindi movies.Audience was hysterical yesterday in gaiety
seerat83: @BeingSalmanKhan. We all love you Salman and dabangg rocked!!! Andone more thing, what you said was not wrong. Masses would agree.
sapthagiri_186: @beingsalmankhan :Congrats Sallu bhai....Ur action in DABANGG was MASTH... All d best!!!!!!!!!!! :)
sanvari: how amazing is dabangg !! havent stopped talking about it all weekend ! jeeyo chulbul makhi and the gorgeous munni :)
samsaggu89: @t_kittu dabangg movie is super 5 star movie/.salman is realy god.............
samirtengli: @BeingSalmanKhan Dabangg ws amzin, saw 2x already, mite c again! Congrats on d muvi 2 u & ur team!
salmatuli: Dabangg was gr8!
Saif_4m_BD: @Anjaani_Shamsa eid was mast with dabangg
Sahil_Menon: eid mumbarrak dabaang was superb.i love u salman u r the best,great truelly a dabangg
S1kandar_khan: @sonakshisinha aahaa koi problem nahe... :))love u sonakshi.. Love DABANGG! U and salman kamal kardeya :)
ripujivahara: @sonakshisinha saw DABANGG.... terrific performance SHOTGUN JUNIOR.....
randipsm: @BeingSalmanKhan `dabangg a rokin flik,thanx mate
RamyaBhatt: @BeingSalmanKhan Sirji....Dabangg... what a Movie... Loved watching it even third time in three days...
prayankit: DABANGG, a must watch.....Loved Salman and Sonakshi.....
PoojaSingh2602: saw DABANGG yesterday... brilliant work by salman khan... his best performance so far!!!
parajjack: @BeingSalmanKhan Bhai jaan tussi kamaal ho........... juss got fascinated by dabangg
nsimhacharya: @RajeevMasand Dabangg i is surely a complete entertaining film after RAJNEETi and iam surprised both films were not city centric n yet hits!
Nikhil_Dwivedi: RT @Guruprasadb: Watched 'dabangg'-hav to say a movie with the bang!actionpacked tailor made movie for salman&apt debut for sonakshi-thumbsup !!
nikhilluvsalman: @BeingSalmanKhan salman bahi agar aapne hume dabangg ki treat nahi di to hum itni mitahi khilaye ge canfuse ho jahaoge konsi mitahi hai ye
navedkhan05: watched dabangg finally.....excellent one...salman's best performance till date..super cool rock star...keep up this gr8 work man.
naim_hassan: watchd Dabangg,,, It wuz jus awesum... Poora paisa vasool... :)
nadeem4ompk: must watch dabangg movie,, again khan rocks
mueena: @arbaazSkhan And most importantly ur hardwork n determination towards dabangg is portrayed in the film..Gr8 job! :) :) :)
mshamsheer9: @BeingSalmanKhan: Dear Salman Bhai.You have a heart of Gold.was following boxoffice report of dabangg and was expecting this bangg.congrats
Mohit_the_gr8: @sonakshisinha I WACHED DABANGG U&SALMAN BHAI JUST ROCKED ME KAMAAL KARTE HO YAAR. I CAN WATCH DIS MOVI 100 TIMES
mohdzairr: @BeingSalmanKhan bhaijaan, Dabangg gave u that "King level" back which u were having before 8 yrs! Now ur time is back again! ....congrats!
mohammedaves: Dabangg - Must watch movie , Awesome ... Loved it !!!!
me_schhantyall: @sonakshisinha its the pleasure, watched the movie like DABANGG......
me_aamiryk: @arbaazSkhan awsome....inshalla Dabangg will be the best movie of this year.
meenasinha06: chulbul pandey to mast hai, kya dabangg acting karte ho ....salman you are fantastic and awesome!!!!!!!!1
mdsojib: dabangg is vare supar movie dabangg big hit
mbehani: @BeingSalmanKhan kamal karet ho pandeyji...what an awesome movie...thanx for treating us with such a blockbuster...DABANGG
manish_pandey1: Watching Dabangg again... can't get over it
lucent_c: RT @PatelDevansh: @arbaazSkhan Congrats my friend, Dabangg has re-written history in the history books. Didn't I say it is the new BIBLE of Bollywood ? :)
lubnarafi: @BeingSalmanKhan - Watched Dabangg last night...What a movie..Kudos to you and your entire team,u truly r a ROCK STAR n a super Human Being
loverboystrikes: RT @satishkaushik2: Can't get over from Salman's stylish performance in Dabangg..He is now Rajnikant of hindi movies.Audience was hysterical
kshitijkokas: RT @satishkaushik2: Can't get over from Salman's stylish performance in Dabangg..He is now Rajnikant of hindi movies.Audience was hysterical yesterday in gaiety
karenites: dabangg really rocks..
karan7sethi: DABANGG !!! Bas naam hi kaafi hai !!!
karan2988: @being salman: superb performance dabangg was mind blowing
kalpitabhosale: #dabangg fun movie
joevazir: @arbaazSkhan..Dabangg superb movie..One of the nicest movies saw in recent times..cheers..
imdanishkhan: @BeingSalmanKhan watched dabangg it was most dabangg movie i hav recently seen
ikramsheikh18: @BeingSalmanKhan....terrific movie dabangg....i watched 10 times in theatre but still want to see again
h_chakkiwaala: Again in theatre ......... For "Dabangg"
hossainaziz: @arbaazSkhan Congratsss Arbaaz.....Congratsss to entire Dabangg team for giving us such a good and entertaining movie....
harshmittal05: dabangg.....full on paisa wasool, effortless performance by salman...must watch.....
gueswhosbak: Watched Dabangg. Watched Dabangg. Slept-woke up. Watched Dabangg #nowwatching Dabangg.N U know what's on my "To Do' list: Watch Dabangg.:-P
gsy1985: hiiii salman bhai... u r real man like dabangg.... m ur big fan,,,, i watched ur movie thrice in this weekend.
gooner_nemo: RT @priyal: 24 hrs since I saw dabangg. I can't stop singing the munni song.
gaurav_lord: @BeingSalmanKhan Bhai aaj Dabangg dekhi. Aap to kamaal karte ho, maza aa gaya. Dabangg ho!!
fabash04: faaacckkkk... a guy watched #dabangg movie 18 times in 3days.. hahaha superbb stuff @beingsalmankhan
erika_k12: Dabangg Is an Awesome movie.! Love u Salman.
Edelweiss88: @BeingSalmanKhan......... Loved your performance in Dabangg... U truly rock!!!!!! :-) ;-)
dilhacker: @BeingSalmanKhan will u pls try 2 make dabangg or any other action movie in 3d
da_babe: @beingsalmankhan u r a true star...a star of India...good show in dabangg...give us more like this
dabangg_pratsy: @Faridoon_S The legend of chulbul pandey is historic,#dabangg has struck me.The films is a blast..salman is a magician,he created magic..WoW
DabanggVicky: RT @Sreeni_k: Congrats to the Dabangg Team of @BeingSalmanKhan @arbaazSkhan @sonakshisinha and Abhinav Kashyap for the Record Breaking Opening !!!!
coolrus10: Cant control .. so again I saw #Dabangg
BeingRajeshSing: RT @starhansika: just watch dabangg . omg i loved it ,njoyed it ..had complete fun while watching it . salman khan /robin hood is outstanding !
A_shaheed: RT @Vivekkl: me havin a laugh at those who had declared way bck dat dabangg wont be a hit. :D ab kaha ho saalo. mooh dikhao apna. :D
ATTiTudKIng: hmmmmmm DABANGG .........dats luck of GG&munni wich makes audience deewana.the whole theartre dance munni and sallu........dabangg move on
ashishnandi: Saw dabangg today..it was truly awesome!
ankit_23: @BeingSalmanKhan i think you should not salman, and congrats for DABANGG. Mr Robinhood pandey urff Chulbul padey ji..you rocks in the movie.
ammarsa: Dabangg is very gud i went 2day.........how did not see go see now fast.......salama is very gud is that.........
Air_Nab: @arbaazSkhan-watched Dabangg last night with my mom in london, we loved it, Salman was awesome, but i really liked ur work in it as well!
ahmadasrar: its DABANGG all over d world.....
aakashsanyal: @TeamSalman i m excited to tell u tht one of my frnd had seen dabangg 2wice intead of he being hardcore fan of shahrukh
maya206: best thing about Dabangg was Munni, who is badnam for no good reason. Really. A few good laughs in the 1st half, post interval total OTT.
dikshya09: @Sivchaliha Yeah saw dabangg y'day n kinda likd it...wbu? Watchd dabangg?
being_Sujit_P: RATING 4 DABANGG - 3/5
ameenmaj: Dabangg is a totally nonsensical movie which can entertain anyone who has shut his/her brain. I had nice fun. Courtesy: Hooting in theatre
70mm: Dabangg: classic Bollywood masala entertainer. Flimsy revenge plot, dhansu dialogues, comedy, over the top action & full timepass fun. 3/5
ridziegal: What's so great about Dabangg? Everybody is raving about it. My hate for Salman Khan cannot be converted X - ( .
egorsteroid: yesterday i watched dabangg the multiplex was housefull i think it is a super flop movie and salman khan is acting like rajnikant
arunavaguin: @BollywoodGandu I will be ashamed as an Indian if Dabangg becomes greatest Hindi hit ever
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by atishnis : one of the entertaint movie i hv evr seen
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Pine Post
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.
Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) was never accepted as a son by his step-dad, Vinod Khanna. Chulbul then grows up to become a police officer, and calls himself Robinhood Pandey. In this profile he makes friends and enemies.
All Rajnikanth films(?)