CAST & CREW
Salman Khan revives his role as the super cop 'Chulbul Pandey' in the sequel of the 2010 hit movie ' Dabangg' in 'Dabangg 2'. With Arbaaz Khan as a debutant director and a new super villain in the arsenal, will this movie be able to fulfill the expectations of the fans, after the precursor's giant success? Let's find out.
'Chulbul Pandey', the one man army, has been transferred from rural Lalganj to urban Kanpur, and faces crime with his everlasting goofy and easy going attitude. He is every bit the same, he dances and fights, he delivers one liners and kicks some serious a**. He is now married to Rajjo ( Sonakshi Sinha) and has a very good and somewhat sweet and salty relation with his step-father, 'Prajapati Pandey' ( Vinod Khanna) and step-brother, 'Mackhanchan Pandey' (Arbaaz Khan). There is nothing new to the story other than the arrival of a new villain. Most of the time, you see Salman Khan goofing around and dancing and romancing his wife or pulling his father's leg. The story kicks in when he goes toe-to-toe with 'Baccha Bhaiya' ( Prakash Raj). He is hell bent on avenging his brother's death and is ready to go to any extent in order to do so. How Baccha Bhaiya plans his revenge on Chulbul Pandey, and how he dodges every bullet and saves the day in the end? To know all about it, check the movie out.
As the precursor of Dabangg, this movie was such a big hit and was accepted nation-wide with open hearts and wallets. Director Arbaaz Khan was dead set on making the sequel on the blueprints of the previous one. Similar type of songs and sets, even dance moves looked like they were copy and pasted from Dabangg. It looks like Arbaaz's only hope was to give the audience a Dabangg sequel, which will be worthy of the movie's reputation, was to cling to the same weapons Abhinav Kashyap used in Dabang, and use them in his own way. Well no complains, he managed to make it, if not better, but a respectable sequel of a super-hit movie. The songs are good and the budget is enormous. The makers wanted this movie to walk in Dabangg's footsteps and did every possible effort to accomplish it. But, the story was even leaner than the precursor and the original feel of the movie was lost. One liners are forced and Chulbul has lost his edge. But that doesn't mean you will not enjoy it. Yes, Chulbul's character lacks the original and authentic aura of a cynic and crude super-cop, but he is still every bit enjoyable as before.
Salman Khan, once again as Chulbul Pandey, is flawless. He did complete justice with the role and never ha his charisma and peppiness wavered. Sonakshi Sinha has grown in the past two years and it is clearly visible in the movie. She is given more screen presence and a lot was added to her original character sketch. Vinod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan also deliver decent performances. Prakash Raj, after playing a bad guy in so many movies, was brought in with hopes that he will deliver a performance similar to the one he did in ' Singham'. He was outstanding, but was betrayed by the writers as his character is not nearly menacing enough.
1. Salman Khan fans will not be disappointed as their beloved Bhai delivered a brilliant performance.
2. Songs are catchy enough and Kareena Kapoor Khan's 'Fevicol' song may not be as effective and big of a hit as Malaika Arora Khan’s, 'Zandu balm', but still it's a plus point.
3. If you are looking for nothing serious to watch and just want to enjoy yourself, then you can watch it. Go with friends and have a good time, it will not disappoint you.
What's not there?
As I mentioned earlier, Arbaaz Khan tried to make this movie on the blue prints of the previous one, and where he may have succeeded to some extent, he failed terribly else where.
1. Chulbul Pandey is still enjoyable, but has lost his edge.
2. Bad character creation.
3. Poor story.
4. Songs not as electrifying as the precursor.
So if you are a Salman Khan fan or if you have nothing to do and have money burning a hole in your pocket, then you surely are in luck because Dabangg 2 will give you what you seek: a colourful movie, with lots of songs and flying people, and yes, Salman Khan. But sensible audience will stay away from this movie, because the original charm and attraction is missing from the movie. Perhaps Arbaaz Khan should have restricted himself to producing, because I do not see him making another movie any time soon after what he did with Dabangg 2.
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