Dabangg Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:01.2570000 IST


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Fuelled with the immense commercial success of WANTED (2009), it is show-time once again for another stylish hi-octane thriller with Salman Khan getting into slick "dhishoom-dhishoom" SFX thrills in DABANGG (meaning "fearless"). This crime fiction is also consequential as it marks the arrival of much hyped star-kid Sonakshi Sinha (daughter of Shatrughan Sinha) as its leading lady. No prize for guessing for its lead composers, as predicted Sajid-Wajid take the honors and promises to make it another "crash-boom-bang" affair with their tuneful settings. There is not much to think about words like "melody" in pulp crime fiction but still the duo has been delivering their finest for almost every Salman flicks and is expected to deliver their finest again. Lalit Pandit chips in with raunchiest of tracks of our time and tries to boost glamour quotient of this humor-filled action drama. Does the audio packaging promises enough entertainment for this modishly shot action thriller? Like WANTED (2009) and VEER (2009), can we expect another worthy musical entertainer from Sajid-Wajid in eagerly awaited DABANGG? Fearlessly musical in spirits, as we plugged to hear it and tell you about its musical facts...

Eyes are always the channel for entering into the heart, pricking up senses and poetic delight to describe for those momentous romantic moments. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's linguistically refined vocals epitomize it all and charms with his beatific booming baritones in mellifluously composed Sufi-qawalli "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain". It was showcased at IIFA Awards as flick's musical paradigm and its entire play of six-minutes justifies its prowess of being a lovable track from reliable musical duo. Like "Surili Akhiyon Wali" (VEER), its Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's expertise in delivering variance in tones that works in giving varied shades to the track. Sajid-Wajid's composition is modestly engaging as it sticks to the roots of classical Indian instrumentals with lesser of electronic improvisations. Faiz Anwar's expressively versed lyrics ("Maahi be-aap sa, Dil yeh betaab sa, Tadpa jaaye tadpa tadpa jaaye, Nainon ke jheel mein, Utra tha yunhi dil, Dooba jaaye dooba dooba jaaye...) brings out that desired depth of emotions that makes vocals intensely in sync with the refines of musical appeal. Sajid-Wajid delivers one of the finest entities of their career and promise a sure shot chartbuster in days to come.

Shreya Ghoshal's saccharine vocals in lighter tones in the "duet" version are again a respite for ears. It charms to perfection and lends a conduit of lovable romantic backdrop.

"Tere Mast Mast Nain (remix)" breaks loose from ethnicity and get this Sufi based piece into DJ decorum with big thumps of rigorously played beat-juggles and claps in its backdrop. Chartbuster!!!

Malaika Arora's hyped "item-number" makes a vibrant presence as it gets the bedlam of yelling vocals, contemporary instrumentals with rustic chorals backdrop in "Munni Badnam Hui". Set in UP-Bihar Bhojpuri style of folksy flavors, it has ingredients of amusing one-liners ("Le zandu balm hui, Darling tere liye" and "Shilpa sa figure, Bebo si adaa") to instigate vigor factor in the track. Mamta Sharma along with Aishwarya sings in their coarsely paced throaty tones to deliver vocal oomph. Guest composer Lalit Pandit plays to the masses (especially front-benchers) and there is more for on-screen thrills than to expect in its melodic contents.

It's "remix" version is raunchier, spicier and electrifying to the core with added foot-thumping DJ antics and caters to its targeted set of audiences.



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So the question is, does DABANGG entertain? Yes, but only in handful portions. The few action sequences are impressive and so are some dialogues. The way Salman's body is revealed in the climax is cheesy; nevertheless, it makes you smile.

The sub-plots don't have much merit. Many redundant sequences are forcefully added to keep the film running. Like the one where Makhi beats a worker only to face the wrath of Chulbul or Rajo's father (Mahesh Manjrekar) dying abruptly. It has a honeymoon portion just to incorporate the foreign locations. The second half drags on and on.

Debutante director Abhinav Kashyap has clearly tried to cash in on the success of WANTED (even uses its caller tune). But to little avail. It looks a film meant only for B-centres.

Sajid-Wajid music is mediocre barring Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Munni (composed by Lalit Pandit). Mahesh Limaye's cinematography is good. Some dialogues are whistle and clap worthy.

Salman Khan is in his element. It's one of his finest performances till date. He carries the film on his shoulders with ease. Sonakshi Sinha makes a confident debut. She's clearly a talent to watch out for. Arbaaz Khan is weak. Sonu Sood is wasted and lacks the histrionics of a villain. In fact, he makes a joker out of the villain. Vinod Khanna is decent. In the Munni track, Malaika Arora Khan lacks grace that she exuded in Chaiya Chaiya from DIL SE or Kaal Dhamaal from KAAL.

DABANGG doesn't hit you with a 'bang'. Watch it only if you are an ardent Salman Khan fan. It's his character that works, not the film.

Rating - 2.5/5



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It's been a while since we've seen a total 'paisa wasool film, which is high on the 'entertainment' value with some 'seeti maar' dialogues and action. Salman Khan's WANTED (2009) was one such film. This year, Milan Luthria's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI recreated that magic to a great extent.

From its promos, DABANGG seemed to be another such film to be added to that list. You enter the cinema hall hoping to see a full-on action film with some dhasu dialogues. Alas, only to be saddened.

The story is hackneyed. But then you don't really expect a great one out of such a film, anyway. However, the film disappoints. It's exaggerated, flimsy, and relies mainly on the charisma of its lead to deliver.

There aren't many action sequences. There's not much comedy. Did we hear you ask 'then what's there in it'? Well, we are still trying to figure that out.

It starts off impressively with the introduction fight scene of Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan), breaking a door and beating goons left, right and centre in a stylised action sequence. And you want to see more and more of him. However, the excitement is short lived as the tempo of the film drops after the initial few minutes.

While little happens in taking the story ahead in the first half, the brewing romance between Chulbul and Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha) is refreshing. Chulbul doesn't mind 'paying Rs 500 just to speak with Rajo for a few minutes'. But it's a complete downhill from there.

DABANGG is a story of Chulbul Pandey aka Robinhood Pandey set in Laalgurj, Uttar Pradesh. He's corrupt but has a 'big heart'. He bashes up fraudulent politicians, goons, loots their money but doesn't think twice in helping the poor and needy.

Chulbul also has a troubled past. Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) is his stepfather who favours his own blood and Chulbul's stepbrother, Makhanchan urf Makhi (Arbaaz Khan).

Our cop here makes enemies out of Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood), a scheming politician who indulges in malicious activities. Cheddi's copious ways to get knock Chulbul out go in vain. In the midst of all this, Chulbul develops feelings for Rajo, a beautiful young gaon ki chori.



download DABANGG wallpapers

download DABANGG wallpapers

So the question is, does DABANGG entertain? Yes, but only in handful portions. The few action sequences are impressive and so are some dialogues. The way Salman's body is revealed in the climax is cheesy; nevertheless, it makes you smile.

The sub-plots don't have much merit. Many redundant sequences are forcefully added to keep the film running. Like the one where Makhi beats a worker only to face the wrath of Chulbul or Rajo's father (Mahesh Manjrekar) dying abruptly. It has a honeymoon portion just to incorporate the foreign locations. The second half drags on and on.

Debutante director Abhinav Kashyap has clearly tried to cash in on the success of WANTED (even uses its caller tune). But to little avail. It looks a film meant only for B-centres.

Sajid-Wajid music is mediocre barring Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Munni (composed by Lalit Pandit). Mahesh Limaye's cinematography is good. Some dialogues are whistle and clap worthy.

Salman Khan is in his element. It's one of his finest performances till date. He carries the film on his shoulders with ease. Sonakshi Sinha makes a confident debut. She's clearly a talent to watch out for. Arbaaz Khan is weak. Sonu Sood is wasted and lacks the histrionics of a villain. In fact, he makes a joker out of the villain. Vinod Khanna is decent. In the Munni track, Malaika Arora Khan lacks grace that she exuded in Chaiya Chaiya from DIL SE or Kaal Dhamaal from KAAL.

DABANGG doesn't hit you with a 'bang'. Watch it only if you are an ardent Salman Khan fan. It's his character that works, not the film.

Rating - 2.5/5


Rating 2.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, (Introducing), Arbaaz Khan, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Mahesh Manjrekar and Om Puri
  • Lyrics: Faiz Anwar, Lalit Pandit and Jalees Sherwani
  • Director: Abhinav Kashyap
  • Music Director: Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit

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