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Bollywood review: Fearless Salman Khan soars anew in Dabangg 2

While he's no Rajnikanth, Salman comes close with gravity defying stunts that stack up the body count and drain out the blood banks

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Published Thursday, December 20, 2012

A child is kidnapped. The goons are menacing.

Suddenly the ground starts to shake; is it an earthquake? A herd of wild elephants maybe? 

"Oh no, it's Chulbul Pandey," says head goon, right before the man in question slams through a brick wall, then lunges out of an airborne car onto a suspended one, which then crashes to the ground in a haze of splintered glass.

Indeed, seeing is believing.

This is Salman Khan in the flesh, as raw as he can get and just as corny.

The action man reprises the iconic role of Chulbul Pandey that turned him overnight into a force to reckon with and kickstarted his second innings at box office gold.

The new and improved version is still that lovable Robinhood man in uniform, with several moments of heightened Kung-Fu Pandey-ness thrown in to pepper up the proceedings.

The sequel to 'Dabangg' picks up a few years after the first one left off in Lalganj, with Chulbul now living in the city of Kanpur, playing life out like an Ekta Kapoor serial, complete with wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), father Prajapati (thespian actor Vinod Khanna) and brother Makhi (director Arbaaz Khan).

Chulbul retains his supercop status, which he transferred with his reign of terror to Kanpur, along with his ability to break out into item songs at a whim or spout cheesy oneliners when threatened.

Bad guys drop like flies in his shadow, while female journalists swoon starstruck when he stops for a soundbite. But amidst this daunting persona, Chulbul is still your proverbial paradox who fears the wrath of his Rajjo.

However, his hot headed ways haven't sat well with head don and local politician, Bacha Singh (Prakash Raj), who makes it his life's mission to destroy Chulbul after an eve teasing incident sees his brother die at the hands of the supercop.

Fisticuffs ensue, blood spills, while brains and brawn are put to the test in gravity defying fight sequences that could even put Bruce Lee to shame.

While we have seen Salman do a lot of this in his last few films, the monotony has yet to set in, at least with the 'Dabangg' series, courtesy the dimensions of his character that have been allowed to breathe freely in the sequel.

Credit here goes to director Arbaaz and the writers, who take a shallow film like 'Dabangg 2' and transform it into a wholesome watch, with pockets of emotional quotient and depth to its characters and relationships.

Chulbul's once tumultuous bond with his stepfather is now one of love and respect, with the duo sharing some pleasantly surprising father-son chemistry that turns the action man into a vulnerable child who's been emotionally starved for a family.

Meanwhile, the camaraderie between Rajjo and him is just as charming as it was in the first innings, with Sonakshi proving an absolute delight on screen who somehow manages to marry conservative coyness with passive aggressiveness that only a wife can master.

How you wish there was more passion to explore in the film's two-hour runtime, but Sonakshi is saddled with a song and dance routine through most of 'Dabangg 2', which leaves pretty less screen time for her to mouth many dialogues.

The other disappointment is the film's hesitancy at exploiting the real-life chemistry between brothers Salman and Arbaaz. While we at least saw more of the latter in part one, the sequel has swatted Makhi out of the equation, which was probably the case considering Arbaaz has donned the director's hat here.

Indeed, with his debut behind the camera, Arbaaz took a safe bet to bank on his much popular brother to tide over any technical difficulties he may face with filming. For the rest, he roped in Kareena Kapoor to sex up a sizzling item song with 'Fevicol Se'.

But credit where it is due, 'Dabangg 2' could've just as easily turned into a hotch potch of Bollywood action and kitsch, much like the recently released 'Khiladi 786', but Arbaaz somehow manages to restrain himself and Chulbul, which is by no means an easy task.

Having said that, one can only see the cash registers ringing for 'Dabangg 2' in the coming weeks. If it beats the record of its first outing, we wouldn't be surprised. This Kung Fu Pandey at his best.

 

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Movie review: "Dabangg 2"

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Movie review: "Dabangg 2"
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New Delhi, Dec 20: Stars- 2.5
Director :     Arbaaz Khan
Music :     Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics :     Sameer, Jalees Sherwani, Sajid-Wajid, Asraf Ali and Irfan Kamal
Starring :     Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill, Vinod Khanna and Prakash Raj



In the mid of the year we witnessed Salman Khan in Ek Tha Tiger one of the descent raw action flicks delivered in the past. The other flick presented was Akshay Kumar's 'Rowdy Rathore' which every spectator admired keeping aside his last week's release 'Khiladi 786' being silly in its action.  The Diwali release 'SOS' had some non-digestible actions but we tend to enjoy all these by just keeping our brains aside and not looking at it otherwise.




With the year coming to an end the badass Robin Hood is once again back to flush off the baddies in town in his own versatile style and when we watched we got what we expected.  The flying high action, punching with a wind sequences, holding up the culprit and throwing him down the earth.  Definitely enjoyable.

Dabangg 2 is the sequel but is similar in many aspects. Right from action adoption till the music composition. The flick begins from where it left. Chulbul Pandey played by Salman Khan married to Rajjo, depicted by Sonakshi Sinha, in first installment is now transferred from Laalganj to Bajariya thana in Kanpur. He is now an Inspector-in –charge here carrying forward same values he had before. Without wasting any time Pandeji comes hard over criminals in the city. And talking of the same values Pandeji robs the rich and helps the poor in the sequel too.




His wise and dutiful attitude raises Baccha Bhaiya's eyebrows. Yes, the criminal turned politician Bacccha Bhaiya, very well played by Prakash Raj, is the bad guy who eyes on the forthcoming election but has n numbers of black money making businesses.

Now will the fearless Chulbul Pandey be able to stop this politician cum mafia that's how the story further deals with.

The story is not new as it's a mere characterization which makes some points. The Kanpur flavour of UP in the flick is not clearly depicted. The action sequence as already told doesn't need any brains and so the story needs.




Director, producer and actor Arbaaz Khan to be honest is not a bad replacement for Abhinav Kashyap. While we mark him for his act, he has done a convincing job as a director too.

Well Dabanng was known for Salman Khan and in no doubt the sequel will also be remembered for him. With tongue twisted conversation and extremely great comic timing, Salman again shines the screens. We all have seen earlier that his aggression speaks a lot and let us tell you we are serious when Pandeji comes in action. His style of romancing Rajjo is also enjoyable.




Sonakshi  Sinha as Mrs. Pandeji is somewhat convincing in this flick as compared to so many other flicks she worked in earlier this year.  She tries to stand toe-to- toe with Salman Khan but doesn't quiet match up, but still not disappointing.

The bad guy replacement for Sonu Sood, Prakash Raj, though we know he is not mascular like him, but like 'Wanted' and 'Singham' he thrills you with his negative act and dialogue delivery. He wants to win the forthcoming elections at any cost and who ever comes in his way needs to be destroyed. He has two younger brothers.

Firstly Chunni played Niketan Dheer. In real terms he is the one who tries to stand up to Sonu Sood's physique but again friends Sonu is still irreplaceable, while the other brother is Genda played by Deepak Dobriyal. Both are just descent in their acts.




The comparison is being made and it has to be made for the music. The music director duo Sajid-Wajid has brought forward the same flavours from Dabangg. From Muni Badnaam to 'fevicol' track, from Tere mast-mast do nain to 'Dagabaaz naina' from 'Humka peeni hai' to 'Pandej ji', you won't be able to stop comparing eachother. But these compliment the flick and looks great on big screens. Not to forget Kareena Kapoor in Fevicol and Malaika's special appearance in Pandeji track. It's a treat to watch them out.

Though you might not love this sequel more than you loved the former one but yet it's enjoyable.  Arbaaz carries it with much responsibility and makes it fit for a perfect 'X-Mas' holidays. I'll go with 2.5 stars for this completely Masala entertainment. Don't expect the same magic of Dabangg; just enter the theatres for bindass Chulbul Pandey.


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Review : Dabangg 2 – Salman does it again

Dabanng2Release date: 21 Dec 2012
Director : Arbaaz Khan
bollywood3.com Rating : 3.5/5
Producer : Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan
Music Director : Sajid-Wajid
Starring: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj

Salman Khan always lives up to his fans expectations, and this time he is back with his super hit character Chulbul Pandey. Even though sequels of good movies turn out to be not-so-good, Dabangg 2 had a unique buzz right from the time when it was announced. Directed by debutante Arbaaz Khan, Dabangg 2 also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Prakash Raj in other lead roles. After some huge and unique promotions, Dabangg 2 has finally released. Let's see how it is.

Story:

Chulbul Pandey(Salman Khan) is transferred to Kanpur, where he lives with his wife, Rajjo(Sonakshi Sinha) father, Prajapati Pandey(Vinod Khanna) and brother Makkhi(Arbaaz khan). Chulbul being a fearless police officer that he is, solves a kidnapping case and messes with Baccha Bhaiya's(Prakash Raj) who is a politician with an immoral attitude. Chulbul fights his gang with his fearless attitude which leaves Baccha Bhaiya gnashing his teeth. He in turn takes revenge by harming Chulbul's unborn child. The rest of the story is how Chulbul retaliates to Baccha's crimes and comes out victorious.

Plus Points:

Salman Khan is his usual self, keeps the crowd yelling and cheering, scene after scene. His humor and romance is tremendous, but what make the viewers stuck to their seats are his action sequences. He looks dashing in the desi action and yes! Salman khan goes shirtless in one of the scenes. Sonakshi Sinha looks more appealing and beautiful. Unlike the first part, Vinod Khanna shares an affectionate relation with his son and depicts more comedy and humor this time. Acclaimed actor, Prakash Raj plays a villain of the decade with his overwhelming performance.

Minus Points:

Busy with his direction, Arbaaz Khan isn't seen in a lot of scenes. Not that we have much to say about the minus points, but the movie has a few similarities to the first part which could have been a bit different. The second half of the movie contains a little less humor and more action. Being an out-an-out entertainer, the movie could have been more elongated. Apart from these few points, the film couldn't have been better.

Technical Aspects:

With some new and some old one-liners the dialogues of the movie are just superb as the first part. Music is peppy and numbers like 'Fevicol Se' and 'Pandeyji Seti', definitely urges the audiences to leave their seats and shake their foot. Also the slow numbers including 'Dagabaaz Re' and 'Saason Ne' are well sung and also shot nicely. Even though Malaiaka makes a come back for a few seconds in the song, 'Pandeyji Seti', Kareena steals the charm with her amazing dancing and pleasing looks. Action sequences have been shot very well and Salman Khan is in his peaks while doing it. Screenplay of the movie is decent and so is the editing.

Verdict:

On the whole, Dabangg 2 is all in all amalgamation of being a perfect family entertainer and one of Salman's best performances. He once again proves his worth and Dabangg2 is set to create new records at the box-office. A decent and entertaining family outing, Dabangg 2 has everything from music, masti, dance, and romance going its way. Don't miss it.

Bollywood3 Rating : 3.5/5

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