Daily Archives: December 22, 2012
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Dabangg 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan to compete for worst films, Akshay Kumar for worst actor at Golden Kela awardsDecember 22, 2012 | Roy 19
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`.
Dabangg 2 Movie Review – In Short
Inspector Chulbul Pandey gets transferred to Kanpur, where he has to face bigger challenges…
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.
The Mayans were right. Its 11:57 pm – 3 minutes left to Dec 22, 2012 and I do believe the world has indeed come to an end; at least, the humanity in the world has.
A few minutes ago, I read the disturbing story of a 3 year old girl raped by a man in Delhi. The man who was the husband of the principal of the play school this little girl had been going to. What a fantastic meaning of “play” was taught to this innocent girl by this man who has now changed her life for ever. This news coming after the more popular “human” act of 6 people tearing apart a 23 year old woman’s body to satisfy their sudden urge of a shag so much so, that in the process, they devoured her body and ruptured her intestines, and made sure that even if the girl survives the battle of life she’s fighting now, she won’t ever be able to live a normal life emotionally or physically. The removal of her intestines makes it sure that she won’t ever be able to eat her food and intravenous fluid therapy is the only way she can stay alive and in turn see others enjoying their life and probably wonder every little second- “What was my fault?”
A few days ago, a 20 year old, got access to a gun and shot his mother. After that, he went to an elementary school and killed 20 little children, 6 teachers. Its quite head spinning, to imagine what would have gone through a little girl seeing this guy blowing her friends’s head off, one by one before getting to her and doing the same. These kids, probably didn’t even know what did killing somebody mean in the true sense. After hours of crying, and having their tears drying on their own, the lonely mums and the silent dads would have thought-”God, what did we do so wrong to deserve this?”
Just this very year, we witnessed more than one country successfully testing their nuclear missiles, thus making their armed forces much more equipped to push a button which could kill more people in a second than born in one whole year. The impact of such nuclear war will eradicate more population than killed by any gun shots in any country. But somehow, we the humans loved the idea of our country (any country) having the capability.
Spot the difference:
1. Dabangg: Opening sequence: Warehouse action scene.
Dabangg 2: Opening sequence: Warehouse action scene.
2. Dabangg: Chulbul Pandey introduces himself (Hud hud dabangg).
Dabangg 2: Chulbul Pandey introduces himself (Hud hud dabangg).
3. Dabangg: Intro song, one dance number, two romantic songs, one item number.
Dabangg 2: Intro song, one dance number, two romantic songs, one item number.
4. Dabangg: Villain takes on Chulbul. Chulbul insults villain. Villain angry.
Dabangg 2: Villain takes on Chulbul. Chulbul insults villain. Villain angry.
Verdict: Dabangg 2 might make money thanks to Salman but it is an insipid commercial affair with nothing to savor.
Salman Khan is back as Chulbul Pandey in the sequel to his blockbuster Dabangg. His own brother Arbaaz Khan is directing as well as producing this film which released today amid huge hype and expectations, like all other Salman Khan films in the recent past.
Sonakshi Sinha, Vinod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan continue their presence in the sequel along with Salman. The movie is set in Kanpur and Prakash Raj as Bachcha Singh is the prime antagonist. He has two doting brothers who stand by his side. The plot is as thin as it can get as Chulbul has to stop Bachcha’s terrorizing hold on the city. He does so, in his own style which we have come to know by now.
The film also throws some light on his family life – his pregnant wife Rajjo, his concerned father Prajapati Pandey and his good for nothing brother Makhi who wishes to turn a new leaf for the sake of his love, Nirmala.
In deference to a flurry of controversy surrounding the upcoming Playboy Club launch in Candolim in India’s western state of Goa, a new customized design for the Indian bunny uniform has been revealed.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner made the final decision on the design, reported the Times of India.
U.S.-based designer Mohini Tadikonda reworked the iconic costume, adding long drapes of chiffon to the bottom half. The upper half — the satin bustier — remains tight and revealing.
Misgivings abounded over the uniform in particular when the club launch was first announced.
Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi is out of the Oscar race. A press announcement on Friday only nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the foreign film category for the 85th Academy awards our of the 75 originally qualified in the category.
The Film Federation of India faced flak for choosing Barfi over films like Paan Singh Tomar and Kahani. Trade pundits and critics alleged that Barfi was an inspired film while some of the other films sent to FFI were original content.
The films that move on to the next phase in foreign film category are Michael Haneke’s Amour from Austria, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch from Canada, A Royal Affair from Denmark, The Untouchables from France, Iceland’s The Deep, Norway’s Kon Tiki , Romania’s Beyond The Hills and Switzerland’s Sister directed by Ursula Meier.
Now, three-year-old girl raped in play-school in Delhi; In another case, Woman drugged, gang-raped in DelhiDecember 22, 2012 | wall-D 5
A three-year-old girl was raped in a play-school in West Delhi, prompting the Delhi government on Friday to ask the police to take stringent action against its principal.
The child was allegedly raped by the husband of the owner of the school on Monday in west Delhi’s Sagarpur area, and the incident came to light two days later, police said.
After the incident, the victim got ill and her family members admitted her in a hospital where doctors informed them that she has been raped.
Film Review | Dabangg 2 – The follow-up to 2010’s Salman Khan smash hit has no sparkle whatsoever, Review by Livemint.comDecember 22, 2012 | wall-D
Salman Khan’s performance lacks inventiveness and Sonakshi Sinha seems inspired
How Chulbul lost his mojo – It was impossible to hate Chulbul Pandey. An oaf of a policeman, negotiating north Indian chauvinism by brandishing his own cheeky machismo and awkwardly undulating hips and rippled biceps, Chulbul won hearts in 2010 in Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s Dabangg. It was mediocrity with some sparkle. The dialogues were novel, a genial and unidimensional satire on the police establishment ran through the kitschy narrative. The protagonist was earthy and boisterous.
Arbaaz Khan directs the sequel, Dabangg 2, without imagination or clarity. The backdrop changes from a mofussil town in Uttar Pradesh to Kanpur. Chulbul, once a child abandoned by his biological father and living with his mother and a stepfamily he loathed, is now a smug family man.
Besides these bare essentials, Arbaaz Khan and the film’s writer, Dilip Shukla, simplify an already linear and thin story to an even weaker revenge drama. The villain, the hero, their cronies—they pretty much drive it, with the help of some vapidly visualized songs. The director does not tell us a story, but merely assembles bits to justify a tame and predictable conclusion. Chulbul Pandey is unleashed with a montage of sequences in which he flails and clobbers hulky men in sloppy slow-motion shots—hoist and thud, hoist and thud, every action sequence apes the one preceding it.
It’s finally here! After going wild in Dabangg, Robin Hood Pandey is back to beat the hell out of the bad guys and teach them a lesson when they mess with the innocent citizens. And this time, he’s doing all this in the city of Kanpur. The sequel of Dabangg is a replica of the original film and brings nothing new.
Like I said 2 weeks ago, it’s the year where cops are on a roll and the best way perhaps to end this phenomenon (hoping it ends) was with Salman Khan. But before I go ahead, I have something to say to the filmmakers…We’ve had enough of the police-chor drama. Move on please.
The story is just the same as any other movie…Good cop, innocent family, terrifying villain who is in complete control of the city and ‘badle ki aag mein jalta hua’ hero.
Chulbul (Salman), along with his aviators, has been transferred to Kanpur where he resides with wife Rajjo (Sonakshi), father Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan). Bachcha bhaiyya (Prakash Raj), a fearsome criminal with political ambitions creates a ruckus in the town and in turn, Chulbul creates commotion in his life.
It seems unfair to devote a whole review to Arbaaz Khan’s “Dabangg 2″, given that this is hardly a film. As a friend said, it’s a collection of deleted scenes from “Dabangg” that have been put together haphazardly to make the skeleton of a film.
Just as Salman Khan makes no pretence about acting, brother Arbaaz Khan makes no pretence about directing. “Dabangg 2″ is an endless sequence of comedy-song-fight-romance. I can almost imagine the director mentally counting the time elapsed between a fight sequence and a song. A half-hour into the film, I could tell which was next, irrespective of whether it made sense.
This then, is a montage of Salman Khan being himself, dancing, romancing, cracking lewd jokes and of course, beating up the bad guys with some pretty outlandish stunts. Everything else is incidental and of no importance.
Arbaaz Khan cobbles up just enough of a story to be able to allow his brother to do all that will get the crowds in the stalls hooting and whistling, and no more. Salman Khan’s character in the original film, Chulbul Pandey, is transferred to Kanpur, where he comes face to face with Baccha Bhaiyya (Prakash Raj), a local politician who runs a fiefdom in the city.
Dabangg 2 which raced out of the traps in the morning slowed in the afternoon and evening period as many multiplex shows had lower occupancies than the morning. This was always the likely scenario as its not a holiday but …
Here is a Guest Post about Dabangg 2 Movie Review.
Cast – Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan
Directed by – Arbaaz Khan
“Swagat nahi karoge hamara!” Chubul Pandey asks. My answer “Kyun nahi pandey ji agar aap aise hi entertain karte rahoge toh har baar swagat karenge.” Chulbul Pandey is a darling of aam janta. His fearless attitude which every man on this earth would love to have gives him a certain Demigod status among the masses.
Back in 2010 Chulbul Pandey made Dabangg an all time blockbuster. All those who think the movie worked because of the direction are those who probably don’t want to accept the truth that Dabangg worked completely because of Chulbul Pandey and his histrionics. And of course the chart buster music. Nobody except Chulbul Pandey could have saved that movie and nobody other than the current box office king Salman Khan could have played the role of the invincible cop with perfection as Salman did. The super success of Dabangg brings us to its sequel Dabangg 2. With the never seen before craze Dabangg 2 hit the theatres today but with a twist – a new director, Arbaaz Khan.