DabanggSeptember 10, 2010
A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 6.4/10 (5,037 voted)
Stars: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Vinod Khanna
Set in Uttar Pradesh, Chulbul Pandey is a young boy who lives with his mother Naini, stepfather Prajapati, and younger half-brother Makkhi. Chulbul is constantly angry that his step-father is always partial towards his own biological son. 21 years later, Chulbul is a rowdy, mischievous, and sometimes crooked cop, who refers to himself as "Robin Hood." He does everything in his own indomitable way; whether it's dealing with corrupt politician and thug Chedi Singh, fighting a family feud, or romancing stunning Rajo.
Writers: Dilip Shukla, Jalees Sherwani
Chulbul P. Pandey
Naini P. Pandey
Makhanchan P. Pandey
Inspector Kasturilal Vishkarma
(as Tinu Anand)
ACP A.S. Malik
Munni – Dancer
(as Malaika Arora Khan)
(as Mahi Gill)
Release Date: 10 September 2010
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $628,137
(12 September 2010)
(31 January 2012)
When Chulbul goes to buy a water pitcher from Rajo, he offers her rs.500. In alternative shots, the currency note is furled and unfurled
WARNING: This film is NOT for Pretentious Snobs!
I don't normally bother to write any reviews for films I have watched.
But after reading some of the reviews of imbeciles who CLEARLY missed
the point of Dabangg, I felt compelled to add my two cents.
Firstly, to all those people who are bashing Dabangg because it's
action scenes are over the top, or it can't decide whether it's an
action film/comedy/drama etc……..here's a thought…..do you think
maybe (just MAYBE) that was the whole point in the first place??
This is generally the problem with the nouveau Indian cinema goers of
the multiplex era. They will happily watch Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4
bring down a helicopter with a taxi cab. They will applaud when Jason
Statham drives a car off a bridge and lands it perfectly on to a moving
truck in The Transporter. They will not bat an eyelid when Pierce
Brosnan drives around in an invisible car in Die Another Day. Uma
Thurman single handedly killing a hundred Chinese assassins with a
sword in Kill Bill? "Sure, that can happen. And a very good movie from
Tarantino" they might say. But GOD FORBID that any Indian movie has
action scenes where the hero launches a guy in front of a speeding
train and pulls him back just before the train smashes into him.
"NOOOOOOO!!!!" they will scream. "That is so stupid!" they will say.
"Where is the REALISM?" they will exclaim. A bunch of HYPOCRITES if you
ask me! I mean honestly, any person who expects a serious and realistic
action film after the first scene in Dabangg where the two main
character's names are established as "Chulbul" and "Makkhi" (and after
seeing the trailers of the film no less) is, quite frankly, a moron of
the highest order.
Dabangg is a film which doesn't take itself seriously for a single
second (which already makes it FAR superior and a more honest effort
than the over-hyped Ghajini that took itself ridiculously seriously
while at the same time offering NOTHING new). It is what it is; a
complete no-brainer masala film. And tell me, what is wrong with that?
Reading some of the reviews here about how Dabangg is "taking the Hindi
Film Industry backwards" you would think that other film industries all
over the world just churn out serious films all the time. NEWSFLASH!
They don't (as you can see from the list above). Then there are
complaints about how some action scenes are copied from Western films
(namely Salman's opening scene resembling Transporter), second
NEWSFLASH! Hollywood copies A LOT of it's action scenes from Hong Kong
and Chinese cinema all the time. But do you complain about that? Of
course you don't. Because you are either ignorant or, as said before,
hypocritical. As long as the scene is done well, who cares if it's
copied from another film?
Dabangg sets it's stall out very early on in the proceedings and it has
a fabulous kitsch appeal to it. Salman Khan bites into his role with
relish and he is clearly having a lot of fun playing Inspector Chulbul
Pandey. This material in the hands of other actors might have gone down
in flames, but Salman grabs the film by the scruff of it's neck and
runs with it. Make no mistake about it, this film is a one-man show
and, luckily for us, Salman carries it off with élan. He plays the role
of Chulbul with just the right amount of self-mockery (the type of
which Shahrukh Khan was aiming for in Om Shanti Om but failed miserably
at). There are moans about how actors like Om Puri and Anupam Kher
aren't given enough scope, but who cares? Like I said before, this film
really doesn't require brilliant performances from secondary
characters. Character development is not the agenda here. However, it
has to be said that débutant Sonakshi Sinha does perform very well in
her (smallish) role.
Bottom line: if you are expecting an intelligent and realistic action
thriller like any of the Jason Bourne series, then avoid Debangg at all
costs. With that sort of mindset you are sure to be disappointed. BUT,
if you are in the mood for an old fashioned masala movie in the mould
of films such as Die Hard 4, Kung Fu Hustle and Desperado, then you are
in for a treat. Just sit back, relax, accept the film for what it is (a
pure popcorn and purposefully OTT flick) and let Salman Khan entertain