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Dabangg 2  (2012 - Hindi)

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Dabangg 2 cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (230 users)

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  • Guys, Its SALMAN TIME!!!

    Dabangg 2 rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 21 Dec 2012)

    Almost half a decade ago when I saw Rajnikant’s ‘Shivaji’ at a single-screen theatre especially meant for Regional no-brainers, I was awestruck looking at the loyalty of the Fans towards the Actor & vice-versa, often wondering when will such fandom & mania ever return to Hindi Cinema. If one remembers correctly, the loyalty towards their Matinee Idol had vanished out here decades ago where films of Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra or later Govinda used to display such unique combination of Loyalty from both sides. Only if I knew that with few years on, even we would rejoice the same way as the Popular Cinema Lovers from South did.

    In 2009, Salman Khan began the ‘Salman Mania’, guaranteeing his audience loads of fun and entertainment with back to back hits like ‘Wanted’, ‘No Entry’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Ready’, etc. But as he started gaining popularity his last few films ‘Bodyguard’ or even ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ despite shattering box office records lacked the ‘Salman Mania’ element. Now, with ‘Dabangg 2’, the expectations are raised to the maxim and people look forward to getting something which they so sorely missed in his last few films. Little did they knew that this time the megaphone is wielded by Arbaaz Khan, instead of Abhinav Kashyap. Also, the fact that Sonu Sood as a villain is missing in this franchise of Dabangg. So let’s find out whether this movie will satisfy the Salman loyal fans or not.

    ‘Dabangg 2’ takes forward the story of Super-Cop Chulbul Pandey {Salman Khan} who along with his family {Sonakshi Sinha, Vinod Khanna & Arbaaz Khan} moves to a new city – Kanpur. He continues with his RobinHood-isms there too & has a new opponent Baccha Bhaiyya {Prakash Raj}. How does Chulbul deal with his new nemesis is what the entire film about.

    Story is written with a deliberate attempt to recreate the same magic of ‘Dabangg’, and understandably there are so many similar incidents and situations. But on the other side, the screenplay is not at par with ‘Dabangg’, lacking the punch, and situations keeps passing by rather than making any impact or working towards weaving a good storyline. Even if we keeping aside the comparisons with the earlier part, then too it has very few moments which one can say are memorable. Scenes like the entire fight sequence at Dhaaba, Salman teasing Deepak Dobrial, Salman giving whole bio of Prakash Raj in his party, Salman's leg-pulling & bonding with Vinod Khanna, Salman – Deepak post interval scene and the finale are few of the best moments from the film. Not to forget the similar situation scenes like the introduction fight and few more also add up to the fun.
    On the flip side, as mentioned above, the low screenplay and quite similarity to the first part turn you down along with some half baked or forced tracks {Salman-Sonakshi, Arbaaz –Mahi, Prakash Raj’s political venture, etc}. Camera work is good, but again the rural and rustic feeling of ‘Dabangg’ is highly lacking.

    But keeping aside all these, this movie gives you what one is expecting and that is a bonafide ‘Salman Mania’ experience. From start to finish, you will have Salman the fighter, Salman the dancer, Salman the Joke-Cracker, Salman the Punch-line deliverer {Though this part desperately needed some fantastic dialogue, to begin with} and Salman the Shirt-less hunk, therefore more than making up for the innumerable flaws this movie is otherwise riddled with, and all you are bound to do is get entertained with the ‘Salman Mania’.

    I wish this film too was directed by Abhinav Kashyap, for he really had infused the earlier part with lots of detailing and a powerful screenplay. But full marks to Arbaaz for at least delivering what was highly missing from last few Salman films – Entertainment. His sole aim was to recreate the ‘Dabangg’ magic, at which he completely succeeds. Yes he does not raise the bar either, but at least makes us relive those entertaining moments. We would hope that next time he works hard on the writing part along with the ‘Salman Mania’ and carry forward this franchise with lot more panache.

    Music by Sajid Wajid is foot-tapping and chartbuster material, although quite a letdown as well, only if compared with ‘Dabangg’ . Otherwise, ‘Dagabaaz’ is superb, though highly inspired by the signature tune of that cult ‘Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata’ from Dev Anand's Hum Dono. ‘Pandeji Seeti’ & ‘Dabangg Reloaded’ are not that great. ‘Fevicol’ is already topping the charts and is good fun with Kareena. ‘Sanson’ by Sonu is sweet song.

    When it comes to Salman Khan Movies, one doesn’t want to see a pseudo-intellectual film or expect any logic in it. He is riding totally high on his Star power, something many others are attempting but failing in terms of consistency. Salman out here with his ‘Chulbul Pandey’ avatar adds the needed tadka to his star-power and carries the entire film on his shoulders. He entertains you throughout and camouflages the weak points of the film so well that you stop complaining and go with the flow. Right from his action, attitude, expressions, dance-steps, dialogs delivery, etc he has the whole star power in it. All his fans are going to have a blast. Sonakshi Sinha too looks sweet and beautiful, though ends up more as a n eye-candy. Vinod Khanna looked pale, but all his scenes with Salman are superb. One will witness the lighter side of this yesteryear hunk who still charms with his smile and Cleft. Prakash Raj is good, but does not entertain as in ‘Wanted’ or ‘Singham’ - Missed Sonu Sood. Deepak Dobrial is good, while Arbaaz Khan is funny. Manoj Pahwa, Niketan, etc provide good support. One does want more of Mahi Gill than miss-n-blink role.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Well if you are still expecting a meaningful cinema than there is no dum in even mentioning you that wake up, this is Salman Khan Film which is meant only for your entertainment and not testing your intelligence. Also in comparison with ‘Dabangg’ this movie is not even 50% of it, but in terms of ‘Salman Mania’ it has everything you want – Action, Comedy, Emotions, Dance, Drama & even Shirtless Salman. I have always mentioned that in Masala Entertainers you keep needing good screenplay along with Dramatic & Entertaining moments which out here too is not that much as required, but as said earlier out here there is Salman Khan who is doing all that what is expected from him and thus you need not worry about all the other factors. So all you Salman fans & Masala Entertainers time to rejoice as its Show Time, I mean ‘Salman Time’.

    Ratings : 3.5/5

    P.S. - I am a film-lover, not a trade-analyst and hence would rather stick to discussing the creative & technical aspects of a film along with its entertainment quotient, rather than trying to estimate how many crores its going to make at the ticket-counters, like my fellow film-reviewers are so busy doing this weekend.

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