I was surprised out of my wits when I heard that the director of Dabangg â€“ Abhinav Singh Kashyap â€“ is the brother of maverick experimental filmmaker Anurag Kashyap; and Iâ€™m damn sure itâ€™s not just me â€“ there would be a whole lot of other movie buffs that would react this way, this Kashyap having taken a complete 360 degree turn from his brotherâ€™s eccentric filmmaking touch in all of his films. Getting back to the point though, Dabangg ends up being one of the most anticipated films because of three important factors â€“ Salman Khan, the craziest promotion ever, and of course the whole acuriosity attached with Shatrughan â€śShotgunâ€ť Sinhaâ€™s daughter Sonakshiâ€™s entry in the Hindi Film Industry. Does Kashyap deliver? Will Salman get lucky this time?
Chulbul â€śRobin Hoodâ€ť Pandey is a lovable, though corrupt, police officer who does things his way and looks at life with a completely different set of perspectives. Unbeatable, unbreakable and sophisticated in a very â€śrawâ€ť manner, Pandey still has a soft heart for the public, which in turn respect him. He falls for Rajo and starts a whole new vendetta with Chhedi Singh. With so many truths still keeping him in the dark, will he fall apart coming to know them or will he survive?
For a masala film, the story is perfect, and the screenplay is razor-sharp and so quick youâ€™re left with no time to breathe. Dialogues are powerful and very well-written. Character sketches though turn out to be the most important and the most vivid part of the film. The colorful character of Chulbul Pandey has been so well-written anybody would fall for his charming but raw personality. Subplots are commendably woven into most part of the screenplay and donâ€™t look out of place.
If the writing is excellent, the execution by Kashyap is top-notch. Aadmi mein dum hai. He handles each scene with so much finesse that youâ€™ll end up getting gripped with the whole film. I canâ€™t wait to see what Kashyap intends to direct next.
Coming to the performances, Dabangg would surely be incomplete without Salman Khan. The arrogance and chutzpah mixed with a more childish and cute personality that he has exuded throughout the film has been brought to life with such elan you have to admit that Salmanâ€™s the star performer in the film. New entrant Sonakshi Sinha impresses and shows that actingâ€™s in her blood with her short but powerfully portrayed role. Sonu Sood is convincing as the malicious antagonist. Vinod Khanna is his usual powerful self in this short supporting role too. Arbaaz Khan is convincing. Others like Tinnu Anand, Om Puri, Mahie Gill, Dimple Kapadia and Anupam Kher are efficient.
On the whole, Dabangg impresses, and how! Sure itâ€™s not Wanted but itâ€™s much better than it in terms of execution, editing, styling, performances and structure of the whole film. Via the barrage of parallel cinema coming out in Hindi film through new directors like Ayan Mukherji ( Wake Up Sid) and other more experienced ones like Kashyapâ€™s brother Anurag (Dev.D), this movie turns out to be a hugely pleasant surprise for people thirsting for non-stop entertainment for the whole of two hours in a film.
As a final word, all I can say is go grab the tickets, take a huge tub of popcorn and coke, and sit back and relax- youâ€™re sure to be saying by the end of the film: movie sahi hai boss!