Actress: Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Release Date: 21st December, 2012
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan, Nikitan Deer, Deepak Dobriyal, Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan
Director: Arbaaz Khan
Writer: Dilip Shukla
Producer/s: Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan
Plot: Dabangg 2 is a continuation of the amazing exploits of Chulbul ‘Robin Hood’ Pandey played by Salman Khan.
The notable facets of the character include his nonchalance, his wry sense of humor and his tongue-in-cheek dialogues.
In the first film, Chulbul was pitted against Chedi Singh a local goon. And Chedi Singh had killed Chulbul’s mother Naina Devi (Dimple Kapadia).
Thus his family now consists of his stepfather Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna), his younger half-brother, Makhanchan “Makkhi” Pandey (Arbaaz Khan), Makkhi’s wife Nirmala (Mahi Gill). And his wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha).
This film begins with Chulbul moving on from being a local inspector in a small town Laalganj to becoming an Inspector-in-charge of Bajariya Thana, a police station in Kanpur, the largest and most populous city in Uttar Pradesh.
After arriving in Kanpur, Chulbul immediately gets into action thus bringing him in conflict with Baccha Bhaiyya (Prakash Raj). Baccha Bhaiyya is a criminal turned politician. Baccha Bhaiyya is aided by his two brothers, the cool and collected Chunni (Nikitin Dheer) the archetypal brawn in the trio. And Gainda (Deepak Dobriyal) the impulsive, hotheaded younger brother.
On numerous occasions Chulbul and Baccha Bhaiyya end up at loggerheads. But Baccha Bhaiyya’s strong desire to go legit and the keen advice from the senior political leader Awadh Narayan Singh (Yuggal Kishore) prevent him from taking on Chulbul.
Chulbul continues to be aided by his trustworthy band of constables from Laalganj. And also makes new associates in Kanpur.
Chulbul also receives the whole-hearted support of SP Mathur (Manoj Pahwa).
If in the earlier film we witnessed Chulbul’s strained relationship with his stepfather Prajapati. In this film, we see Prajapati emerge as the true patriarch of the Pandey family. We witness Chulbul and Prajapati’s father-son bond grow and deepen through the film.
We also get to see the romantic Chulbul woo his new bride Rajjo. Rajjo now the lady of the house, exercises her rights and matches Chulbul in his wayward ways.
In a happy ending, Rajjo gives birth to Junior Pandey.
If Dabangg marked the return of action films, Dabangg 2 takes it to a higher level with some of the coolest action sequences ever conceived. The soundtrack of the film contains five original songs each with a promise of being a chartbuster like its predecessors. All in all, Dabangg 2 promises to be a full on entertainer, Chulbul Pandey and his sunglasses et al.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two-and-a-half stars)
Star cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Prakash Raj, Deepak Dobriyal, Mahie Gill, Kareena Kapoor and Malaika Arora Khan (special appearances).
What’s Good: The return of Chulbul Pandey-Rajjo-Makkhi; the comedy; some songs; the direction & cinematography.
What’s Bad: The convenient story; the forced father-son & Mahie-Arbaaz trajectories; the whole feel like a wannabe clone of Dabangg; the irritating product placements.
Loo break: Not Really.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for Chulbul back in his game and if you’re a fan of Salman.
Remember when all Salman Khan movies started looking the same? This is just another chip off the old block. It’s heart-warming to see that the extra reel from Dabangg was put to some good use.
Our dear corrupt-but-good cop Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) has shifted base to Kanpur with wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), step-father Prajapati (Vinod Khanna) and brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan). Pandeyji even has some of his loyal constables transferred with him. As Kanpur begins to feel the heat of Chulbul’s awesomeness, so does local-don-and-aspiring politician Thakur Bachcha (Prakash Raj). Bachcha and his spoilt, troublesome brothers are a menace to the town.
When Bachcha’s brother Gainda (Deepak Dobriyal) oversteps by threatening Prajapati and tries to abduct a girl from her wedding, Chubul Pandey breaks his neck. Caught up in the preparations for the elections, Bachcha denounces his brother and continues campaigning. There Chulbul bonds with his father and revels in the news of being a daddy soon. Even his dim-witted brother takes an interest in taking up a job.
But it doesn’t take long for Bachcha to remember his brother.
Does the tide turn on Chulbul this time?
Dabangg 2 Review: Script Analysis
If you’re looking for something new in Dabangg 2, you will be disappointed. Dileep Shukla’s script and screenplay is very similar to Dabangg; while this is amusing in some parts, it looks lazy in others. The jokes, action, dialogues seem like fall-outs from the old script. With Chulbul’s mother out of the picture, his bonding with his father and brother stick out like a sore thumb. Makkhi missing his wife also seems half-baked. Even Bachcha’s late revenge is something the writer alone can explain.
That said, the gags and jokes do entertain especially thanks to his jovial deputies. His one-liners are enjoyable. Even his romance with Rajjo is well-done and cute.
Dabangg 2 Review: Star Performances
Salman Khan aka Kung Fu Pandey, is lovely as the maverick cop. He is very good in the action and comedy scenes, but when it comes to emotions (that one godforsaken scene where he has to cry), Pandeyji gets a demotion. Sonakshi Sinha does aptly as Rajjo though she spends an oddly large amount of time drying clothes. Arbaaz Khan reprises his role as the village idiot with a few scenes as Makkhi. Vinod Khanna is absolutely wonderful as the worried patriarch Prajapati. His conversations with the unknown lover and reminiscing about his late wife are excellent.
Sadly, Prakash Raj is not at the top of his game as Bachcha Lal; his menacing side comes out only towards the climax, and even that is not enough. Deepak Dobriyal gets very little space as Gainda, but he’s a darn good baddie. Mahie Gill has a blink-and-miss appearance. Kareena Kapoor is super sexy in the item song, with our Munni Malaika Arora Khan added for the extra-drool factor.
Dabangg 2 Review: Direction, Music & Editing
This is a wonderful debut as director for Arbaaz Khan. The movie is too reminiscent of Dabanng and so is the directorial style with a serious Abhinav Kashyap hangover. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background music is good. ‘ANAL’ Arsu’s action – though a repetition of the rippling muscles, slo-mo punches and kicks – is grand. Aseem Mishra’s cinematography is sharp. Hemal Kothari’s editing is alright. Sajid-Wajid’s songs are good (again, very similar to Dabangg, with the scenarios being almost the same).
There are endless tributes to Salman itself in the movie with the Ready ringtone, same old dance moves etc. As if the movie isn’t making enough money, you have really annoying product placements with mobiles, digestive tablets, money transfer services… all making special appearances that make you feel bad for Munni. The green screen backdrops are too obvious. The climax, with Salman’s bare-chested fight, is a treat (though his shirt coming off is not as dramatic).
Dabangg 2 Review: The Last Word
Dabangg 2 is like the poorer clone of its precursor, but it’s enjoyable with the action, Kung Fu Pandey, dollops of romance, songs and the rib-tickling comedy.
Dabangg 2 Trailer
Dabangg 2 released on 21st December, 2012.
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