DABANGG (2010) Hindi Movie Review-Rating-Box Office: New Salman in Old Style

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September 12, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): DABANGG is all about Salman Khan in old style. Directed by Abhinav Kashyap, DABANGG brings of the best Bollywood film this year and also launches the Sonakshi Sinha in Bollywood. Read the complete critics review of DABANGG at CalcuttaTube.

Cast and Crew

  • Film: “Dabangg”;
  • Starring: Salman Khan, Introducing Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan, Mahesh Manjrekar, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna;
  • Directed by: Abhinav Kashyap;
  • Rating: 2.5/5


So here it is. A new genre of cinema. The Spaghetti Eastern. The velocity is virulent. The violence is relentless. The narrative doesn’t pause for action. It is between bouts of the violence that characters take a breather to say things to one another that they don’t really mean.

This then is “Dabangg”. A world swarming with uni-dimensional characters who seem to know exactly which way the fists fly. We certainly don’t. The comic book hero Chulbul Pandey, played with lip smacking pleasure by Salman Khan, shows up in every dingy warehouse in this mofussil town to settle scores, man to man.

is the kind of oldfashioned family drama combined with a vendetta saga that we thought had gone out of fashion in the 1980s. Chulbul Pandey could have been played by Amitabh Bachchan 30 years ago. Yes, that killing comic dimension that Salman brings into his characters has its roots in the Big B’s action-comedy films.

And Dimple Kapadia, wheezing, coughing, groaning and ranting her way through the mother’s role (what got into Dimple???) hams her way through this action drama where being opulently outrageous comes naturally to everyone.

But all said and damned, there is something to be said about Salman’s Chulbul Pandey’s ability to be cartoonish, caricatural and larger than life and yet warm and very real in his tongue-in-cheek bravura.

Some of the less over-punctuated moments in this film of ceaseless bone-crunching sound-effects occur each time Chulbul woos his bulbul Rajjo (debutant Sonakshi Sinha). Each time she passes by Salman becomes putty in her hands. The debutante has eyes that plead for peace. But who’s listening? The raucous riotous soundtrack is slave only to the rhythm of blood gore and screams of innumerable goons crashing through wooden supports that have seen better days.

The action sequences are the backbone of this bone-breaking actioner. The stunts are done in an enticing mix of masti and mayhem. The crusted dusty-brown unwashed ambience is created with care. But the plot is almost completely free of delicate moments.

“Dabangg” is Ram Gopal Varma’s “Shool” on steroids. In “Shool” Manoj Bajpai was the honest cop on a cleansing spree in a Bihari backwater town. In “Dabangg” Salman takes on the mofussil mafia with much more humour than Bajpai could muster.

It is the need of the hour. We have to laugh away the corruption and violence all around us. Salman does a splendid job of it. It’s hard to tell where debutant director Abhinav Kashyap‘s abilities end and the action director Vijayan Master begin. That seamless quality goes well with this unpunctuated tribute to the spirit of free-for-all one-upmanship.

An ear-catching music score by Sajid-Wajid does diminish the level of violence in the presentation. Sonakshi Sinha uses her eyes beautifully. And the song “Tere mast mast do nayan” describes her eloquent expressions well.

But this is a Salman Khan vehicle all the way. He gets to be funny, wicked and belligerent… sometimes all at once. Sonu Sood as the main antagonist brings an in-your-face menace to his villainy.

He is in character. Though Salman slips out of character quite often.

And quite happily.

By Subhash K. Jha

17 thoughts on “DABANGG (2010) Hindi Movie Review-Rating-Box Office: New Salman in Old Style

  1. I don’t think the review given by this site is fully ULTA ……

    You all don’t have the capacity to judge any movie.

    So, for you its bttr u watch WE ARE FAMILY…..!!!

  2. Dabangg is the most disgusting movie I have seen in recent times. Howling,growling,shouting and cheap dancing are the main features of this film. Very badly made in this modern age. It appears that 70’s pictures were much better quality than this.:-/

    1. See, Here I agree with you. DABANGG is the worthless movie of the year. I don’t know why Salman is still working on such cheap films. He is soon about to end his career as a HERO. He should start working on films with some substance.

  3. I dont think Salman would ever quit making this type of film. These people get a super satisfaction doing this type of roles. They are fully assured of having a class of fans. So why bother plunjing in a meaningful cinema ruining both money and image. Thanx for agreeing with me. Really enjoyed this discussion!:-)

  4. abe j.r dasgupta tujhe film ka kuch samajh aata hai? …..bad comments likhne ke liye kya paisa diya hai tujhko srk ne????……

  5. Dear Mr Basu it appears that I have landed myself in a real soup amidst some…….. . Anyway children should always be forgiven. The other day I saw a hindi movie ‘once upon a time in Mumbai’ and somehow I liked it. Yes there’s a mess at the end but overall u will love to watch this 70s type movie.:-)

  6. Bollywood’s films are totally copied from hollywood,south india,japan and other film industries of the world. Hello ali and aishwarya, before commenting bad on respected J.R Dasgupta, you ass hole,fuck hole,pig hole hindi peoples should watch this link below that how that shameless bustard bollywood film industry copied films for generations. Labra choda bollywood.


  7. Dabangg is the copy of two tamil films Raavan and Sammy. Khanki choda,labra choda, rendy choda bollywood film makers.

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