Bombay moviegoer's expectations were ablaze viewing the giant posters of Bollywood’s most masalaic hero pointing a gun at cars passing by on high avenues. The sequel to one of the cinema industry’s most recent box office monuments, Dabangg, was about to conquer the Indian psyche, or so it seemed...
While I am aware of the huge following Salman Khan has among Indians and while I do believe the icon he has become can become an acquired taste for those of us who did not grow up with masala as a run-of-the-mill method of storytelling, this blogger remains nonetheless underwhelmed with the result of the sequel to a very innovative and entertaining original Dabangg.
Dabangg 2 shows Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) being transferred to a police station in Kanpur, where his worst enemy becomes Bachcha Bhaiya (Prakash Raj), a vilain who is interested in becoming involved in local politics. By fighting crime, Chulbul Pandey kills Bachcha's brother and this sparks up a war between both main characters, involving temple-going Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), who is Chulbul's wife in the plot.
The film is a show for Salman Khan fans. Yes, he beats up the bad guys, takes off his shirt, cracks acid jokes. But apart from this there is too little to chew on in matters of a plot or even congruency. The clever component of the original Dabangg is cruelly missing in its sequel and one wonders why the Dabangg team might have wanted to release a pale film based on such a cult character.
Dabangg 2 sadly does not reflect love for cinema, but more of a love for box office numbers (this including $$$). Unconditional Salman Khan fans, please enjoy. The rest would be advised to wait for the actor's next.
Directed by: Arbaaz Khan
Produced by: Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan
Written by: Dilip Shukla
Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna
Music by: Sajid-Wajid