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Dabangg 2 – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 21, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan
DIRECTOR – Arbaaz Khan
WRITER – Dilip Shukla
CAST – Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna
MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid

What do you call a film trying hard to be exactly like its prequel? Cashing in on established brands is a popular and safe business tactic but not delivering more in the second round is a sign of not only foolishness but also complacency. Dabangg-2, from that measure, must be the laziest film ever made then.

Riding completely on Salman Khan’s beefy, immovable shoulders, Dabangg-2 rehashes every single gimmick and plot points of its original film. Chulbul “Robinhood” Pandey, the good-hearted rogue cop has now taken a transfer to Kanpur to spread his ‘goodness’ and locks horns with local gangster cum politician Bachhu Bhai (Prakash Raj) in what soon becomes a family war. After series after series of do-gooding acts doused in done-to-death slo-mo and super-human, vigilante style action, customary song-n-dance routines and must-have shirtlessness Pandeyji destroys the bad man and all is well that ends well. Not for the audience though.

Curiously, for a film born out of a brand known for its unabashed celebration of old-fashioned masala entertainers and immersed in a modern quirkiness, Dabangg 2 is extremely bland. Not only does it rehash the same jokes (remember the cell ringing in the middle of a fight one in the beginning?) it moves with an incredibly absent-minded pace where scene after scene nothing seems to be happening even if murders are!

The characters including Pandeyji seem to be taking a cue from this apathetic mood. Pandeyji is domesticated now and has reconciled with his family and hence we have the listless Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) making comic-relief appearances now and then and Prajapati Pandeyji (Vinod Khanna) who suddenly seems to have gone senile since the last film. Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) is content romancing Pandeyji, cooking his meals, washing his clothes and singing songs with him. His police battalion is full of faceless hangers-on with nothing to do. Prakash Raj’s Bachu Bhai the wannabe ferocious big-city villain is a rehash of Singham’s Jaikant Shikre with a lot of bluster and little else. Deepak Dobriyal’s bad guy simply proves what happens to good actors in bad films and Mahi Gill appears as quickly as she disappears, both for no reason.

Such is the careless attitude the film has towards itself that the charismatic Salman Khan is reduced to a one-note template character and seems to be performing at half his charm. His stunning screen presence stands out among this house of cards and makes it seem even more crumbly. Maybe, it was a cue from him that Kareena Kapoor took to deliver the most half-hearted and badly styled of her dance performances till date.

With little to appreciate or applaud, Dabangg 2 simply seems like a bad memory of a good dream. We’d think that’s technically impossible, but then debutante director Arbaaz Khan has skillfully made it possible.

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