Bollywood Review: Dabangg

Dabanng poster

Apparently, when Salman Khan gets angry, he turns into the Hulk. Except, he’s the same size, and looks the same. But his shirt does get ripped off (possibly with the help of some non-existent wind). This is the moment in Dabangg, where if you’re a huge Salman Khan fan, you scream and whistle and cheer. If you’re not, its when every stupid moment of the film come together for one last bang.

I’m all for unrealistic action, but this really was too much. 

I honestly didn’t go into the cinema (Cineworld Feltham) expecting a lot, especially not something intellectual, but I was hoping that I would at least be able to enjoy it. However, there was just so much wrong. And I’m not even considering Salman’s dancing in that. 

The love story between Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) and Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha) seemed utterly pointless. It had no importance or impact on the maim plotline whatsoever. I know its a Bollywood movie, and therefore romance is necessary, but they could have done something with it, like her getting kidnapped by Sonu Sood’s character. If they were going to make something so regressive, they should have done it properly. The only link in the two plots was the wedding, which was so odd. Why would she agree to get married to him in the situation they did? And she didn’t even know his name! 

There were a number of other things that were such a waste of time, or not developed properly. Her brother’s polio? And did he die? And what about the money? Didn’t Salman wonder where it had gone? Or did he just assume Arbaaz Khan stole it? 

And I just need to say this: its awkward that Arbaaz Khan would get his own wife to do an item song like ‘Munni Badnaam’. Isn’t it? Not to mention she’s getting a bit old for it. 

I am seriously concerned for the future of Indian cinema if this is one of the highest grossing films of all time. A sequel is on the way, which I will not being seeing. 


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