Film: Dabangg 2; Starring Salman Khan, Salman Khan, Salman Khan, Salman Khan; Directed by Arbaaz Khan; Rating: ***
For those who thought Chulbul Pandey in Abinav Kashyap’s “Dabangg” was wacky and fun only because Salman Khan played him, here is more spoof-proof in the sequel of how Salman adopts, embraces and assimilates the characters he plays until one can’t tell the star apart from the character.
It’s December 21, 2012 and finally the wait is over. No, I am not talking about the Doomsday but Salman Khan’s eagerly awaited sequel to his 2010 blockbuster hit ‘Dabangg’. Directed by debutant director Arbaaz Khan, ‘Dabangg 2’ is a complete package and a wholesome entertainment that is not-to-be-missed even if you are not a Salman Khan fan.
Though the sequel begins, progresses and ends in the way reminiscing of the first part, yet the makers have not left any stone unturned in presenting ‘Dabangg 2’ as an out and out entertainer.
In the sequel, cop Chulbul aka Robinhood Pandey has taken a transfer to Kanpur from Lalganj in a bid to perform more heroic deeds. In the opening scene, the larger-than-life Chulbul Pandey aka ‘Kungfu Pandey’ now, ditches the door to make an entry to beat up goons; instead he barges inside by breaking through the walls in his jeep. Continue reading
As a producer, Arbaaz Khan hit the nail on the head with the first installment of DABANGG. As a director, he establishes his credentials with DABANGG 2. He gets the mood of the lead actor, has the feel of Brand Dabangg and executes it the way it is meant to be – flashy, with lots of action interspersed with songs; this time from Zandu Balm to Fevicol. There’s a double dose of oomph factor as well, with both Munni (Malaika Arora Khan) and Kareena Kapoor dancing to the beat.
You get what you expect, stylized, and digitalized action (Anal Arasu) with Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) beating the baddies to pulp. This time, the city is Kanpur, and he is out cleaning the mess. He is up against Bachha Bhai (Prakash Raj) a gangster with political ambitions, and the only time Pandey blinks is when he realizes his wife is pregnant. Otherwise, he is as fearless as in the first installment.
In DABANGG 2, Pandey has also made up with his (step) father (Vinod Khanna) and brother Makhan (Arbaaz Khan). This is one happy family. But with the focus solely on Pandey and his karname, the rest fade in the background. Even Sonakshi Sinha has nothing much to do except act coy and mouth a few dialogues. Continue reading
Dabangg 2 eventually ends up being a regular revenge drama. The writing by Dilip Shukla is essentially old school with clichés galore.
Remember when all Salman Khan movies started looking the same? This is just another chip off the old block. It’s heart-warming to see that the extra reel from Dabangg was put to some good use.
Our dear corrupt-but-good cop Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) has shifted base to Kanpur with wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), step-father Prajapati (Vinod Khanna) and brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan). Pandeyji even has some of his loyal constables transferred with him. As Kanpur begins to feel the heat of Chulbul’s awesomeness, so does local-don-and-aspiring politician Thakur Bachcha (Prakash Raj). Bachcha and his spoilt, troublesome brothers are a menace to the town.
When Bachcha’s brother Gainda (Deepak Dobriyal) oversteps by threatening Prajapati and tries to abduct a girl from her wedding, Chubul Pandey breaks his neck. Caught up in the preparations for the elections, Bachcha denounces his brother and continues campaigning. There Chulbul bonds with his father and revels in the news of being a daddy soon. Even his dim-witted brother takes an interest in taking up a job.
But it doesn’t take long for Bachcha to remember his brother. Continue reading
Mumbai: Awards are normally given for the best or outstanding performances but in Bollywood there is an award which is given to the worst performances in the Hindi film industry.
Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh and Salman Khan`s much hyped films `Jab Tak Hai Jaan` and `Dabangg 2` are competing for the worst film trophy at the 2012 annual Golden Kela awards, which recognises the best of the worst in Hindi cinema.
The other films in the worst film category include `Housefull 2`, `Son Of Sardar`, `Khiladi 786` and `Joker`.
In the worst actor (male) category, Akshay Kumar comes on top with his four releases– `Housefull 2`, `Rowdy Rathore`, `Joker` and `Khiladi 786`, Ajay Devgn is part of the list for his two films `Son Of Sardar` and `Bol Bachchan`, Imran Khan for `Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu`, Sanjay Dutt for his villainous turn in `Agneepath` and Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan for their debut `Student Of The Year`. Continue reading
Dabangg 2 Movie Review – In Short
Inspector Chulbul Pandey gets transferred to Kanpur, where he has to face bigger challenges…
Dabangg 2 Movie Review – Verdict
Fantastic action, cool one-liners and the inimitable Salman swagger – a must watch for fans of themasala genre…
Scene 1: Chulbul confronts goondas in godown, tosses a few dialogues, flies in the air, beats them up. Few dialogues more.
Scene 2: Chulbul plays happy families with wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), stepfather Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna, looking very very old) and brother Makkhi (director Arbaaz)
Chulbul smooths his moustache, flexes his muscles, wriggles around. It’s time for a song. Continue reading
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”
Director: Don Scardino
Cast: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini.
Genre: Comedy Continue reading