We are already looking at Dabangg getting the biggest opening ever, bigger than 3 Idiots. And most of us have had our curiousity piqued after the ultra rustic trailers featuring Chulbul Pandey and Munni Badnaam – we are wondering, is it the real thing ? However, even after trying very hard to like it, I can’t describe Dabangg as the jhakaas movie it is made out to be. Sure it has got some kickass sequences and Salman clearly is the only one who can carry this role off, such is his persona, but Dabangg comes across wanting where it matters most – its dialogues

We have all seen the trailers with the “itne chhed” and the “haramzada” dialogue – and they got us chuckling the first time we saw them. Unfortunately, you have already seen the best dialogues of the movie – there is nothing else in the movie that is as much fun. The dialogues in the movie are all one liners (thankfully no rambling dialogues) – but there are no more ‘awesome’ dialogues.

The story is very similar to Telugu blockbusters – a story set in some rustic location, where the kickass no-nonsense hero will decimate villain goons army single-handedly, but not before sorting out some family complications. There is of course, a village belle whom the hero romances. In Dabangg, the hero is a police inspector who calls himself Robinhood Pandey – who apprehends bank robbers, but doesn’t turn in the loot to the government. And he is not averse to dealing with politicians etc to counter political pressures. But he is essentially good at heart, even if he is a little quirky about it.

Acting wise Salman seems to be having a ball – just look at him dance in the middle of the fight to a caller tune. Arbaaz Khan plays a very subdued role thankfully and Sonu Sood plays the ‘bhaiyya’ politician very well. Newcomer Sonakshi Sinha seems to have quite a spark in her – her performance is quite spirited and she looks pretty good. So no complaints acting-wise. The song Tere Mast Mast Do Nain stands out as a really melodius number while Munni Badnaam is just pure awesomeness.

Finally, it all comes down to the fun factor. For a movie that sells itself for full paisa vasool masti, it was not enough fun. The opening sequence is nicely done – with visceral action and fun ‘Chulbul Pandey moments’. But the tempo doesn’t last and there aren’t enough ‘Chulbul Pandey moments’ in the rest of the movie. I am not bothering with the story etc because in a movie like this, no one should care for it. But it falls short on the ‘wolf whistle’ moments and were it not for Munni Badnam, it would get only 2.5 stars.

3 star

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