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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.
Dabangg 2 is an extension to its prequel. Chulbul Pandey gets a transfer to Kanpur from Lal ganj and is on the mission to remove the dirt of the city. Bachha Yadav is his new enemy this time who rules Kanpur and has instilled fear in the citizens of the city. Just like its prequel Dabangg 2 is about how Pandey ji triumphs over the evil.
Nothing new? Of course not! Disappointed? Of course not! Why should we get disappointed as far as we have Pandey ji to entertain us. The subtle humour, the subtle post marriage romance between Chulbul Pandey and his wife Rajjo, outstanding songs, amazing picturization of all the songs, Kareena’s item number ‘fevicol se’, well choreographed action sequences and above all the feel good factor of the good winning over the evil are enough points to get entertained and that too in a grand way. Is it a perfect film? Of course not! The plot is old and you wish that the makers would have put some twists and turns. The humour is not extraordinary. You won’t fall off your seats laughing. Screenplay is predictable. But in a Salman Khan movie these deterrents are over shadowed quite comfortably due to his charismatic screen presence. The first half is a complete joy ride while in the second half the movie shifts its gear and has few very well directed and well performed emotional sequences as well. In short in the entire movie there is no scope for any loo break.
As Chulbul Pandey, Salman Khan has exceeded all expectations and has played the part even better than its prequel. He is at such ease with this character and plays it with so much flamboyance and charm that you just don’t want his histrionics to get over. It won’t be an overstatement if I say Salman Khan is the heart and soul of Dabangg 2. Sonakshi Sinha looks beautiful as Rajjo. Whenever she is on the screen romancing chulbul automatically you have a smile on your face. Vinod Khanna is efficient. Arbaaz is decent. Prakash Raj is good but he doesn’t have an impactful role as he had in ‘Singham’ and ‘Wanted’. Arbaaz could have used him in a much better way.
There were lot of speculations in the trade about Arbaaz being the captain of the ship this time. Many people wrote him off even before the release of the movie. Well as I said Dabangg series is not a direction or content oriented series. It is a character driven series. Of course good direction is required to a certain extent and Arbaaz has comfortably filled the space Abhinav Kashyap (director of Dabangg) left. But it is to be seen how Arbaaz directs the movies where content and direction will be of prime importance. In Dabangg 2, Salman Khan and music made his work pretty easy.
Music by Sajid-wajid is simply superb and the treatment of the songs on the big screen enhances the movie viewing experience many times. On the basis of music ‘Dagabaaz re’, ‘fevicol se’ and ‘Dabangg reloaded’ are my favourites but when I talk about the picturization each and every song has been shot exquisitely. Kareena Kapoor is looking gorgeous as ever in ‘fevicol se’. Malaika Arora Khan lits up the screen with her presence in ‘pandey jee seeti’. Choreography is simply brilliant.
Cinema is not about how much brain you use in the cinema hall, it’s about how much entertainment you get once you are in the theatre. For people who want to use their brains may skip Dabangg 2 and attend a Chartered Accountancy lecture and for all those who just want to have a gala time with their family and friends may buy the tickets immediately because you might not get them otherwise.
Salman Khan fans will go MAD! Lovers of masala movies will enjoy! Also, all those who liked Dabangg will not get out of the theatres disappointed in Dabangg 2.
Dabangg ho! Go for it in a single screen!
3.5 stars I cut .5 for the wafer thin and old plot.
Guest Post by – Abhimanyu Kanodia