BY | December 22, 2012

All the movie reviews of Dabangg 2 are sure of the fact that it is headed to be a massive box office success (video)

Salman Khan aka Sallu Bhai’s films have broken one record after the other and his last few films have been among the country’s top grossing films at the box office. His last few films including Dabangg original in which he played the chulbul paandey’s character for the first time besides of course Ek Tha Tiger and Ready have been massive hits not just in India but also in the international market.

His films have done so well one after the other at the box office that he seems to have become the only Indian star in the Indian film industry who can come out with hits after hits and his films will always do great business. Other superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, or the second rung stars like Saif Ali Khan, Hritik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor have all been completely eclipsed by this macho man who prides in how he looks and behaves. Not just in films, he has replicated his success on silver screen too where he is again the highest paid super star.

He is paid what he demands in television shows. After taking home Rs. 2.8 – Rs. 3 crore per episode last year, the actor was reportedly paid in the proximity of Rs 4 crore per episode this year for hosting Bigg Boss 6. The earlier season had seen Sanjay Dutt play co-host as Salman was either busy shooting for Ek Tha Tiger or coping with his illness. This time, however, the star was present from the start to finish and is being paid big bucks for this commitment. Incidentally, this also makes Salman the highest-paid Bollywood actor on the tube, followed by Aamir Khan (Satyamev Jayate). Shah Rukh Khan is a distant third who is paid around Rs 2 crore per episode for appearing on silver screen. For films he is now paid around Rs 100 crore per film and producers are happy to pay his this much amount of money as he is sure to bring more than Rs 200 crore from the film.

Slaman Khan was never expected to become so much entertaining. But he has improved tremendously over what he was even a few years ago and he has improved over his performance tremendously. For those who thought Chulbul Pandey in Abinav Kashyap’s “Dabangg” was wacky and fun only because Salman Khan played him, here is more spoof-proof in the sequel of how Salman adopts, embraces and assimilates the characters he plays until one can’t tell the star apart from the character. This is not to say Salman is a method actor. God forbid! He’s just the opposite. Chulbul Pandey, if ever such a khaki-clad law-enforcer ever, would want to be as chirpy and obnoxious as Chulbul Pandey. So what does Chulbul do in “Dabangg 2″ that he didn’t do in “Dabangg”? Nothing, and everything. There’s more of everything in the sequel and hence a sense of deja vu. The fights which begin, end and bolster the plot, are done with that irrepressible mix of guffaws and grunts that Salman patented in Prabhu Deva’s “Wanted”. Indeed it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Prabhu Deva was the father of Chulbul Pandey, in a manner of speaking.

Other characters in the films are also very interesting and people are going to love them. In “Dabangg 2″ Vinod Khanna is back as Chulbul’s father. The scenes between Salman and his screen-dad are written with a delicious mix of irreverence and affection. There is a hilarious encounter on the rooftop of their Kanpur home where son asks his sleepy, annoyed father about the deceased mother (Dimple Kapadia, a mere photo on the wall in the sequel).And then Salman leaves in a huff saying, “Mom was right. You’re no fun to sleep with. I am better off sleeping with my wife.” Ahem. Save the blushes for a rainy day. Salman’s Chulbul gives us no time get bothered with niceties. Chulbul simply sweeps us along into a tidal wave of wackily written and executed action sequences undercut by a sharp sense of self-deprecating humour.

This is a seamless story that continues from the beginning to the end flawlessly. Arbaz Khan seems to have treaded very finely and has helped improve t even from the first film. He was creative director in the first film and his experience seems to have worked wonderfully well in his favour. The characters can’t really keep pace with the breakneck storytelling. They are underveloped and largely kept in the shadows to accentuate the hero’s larger-than-life (though blessedly never larger-than-laughs) persona. Sonakshi Sinha, of course, enjoys playing the seductress in the shadows. In film after film, she plays the dutiful beloved soul-mate to the macho-hero. And really, her sartorial styling and the designer sarees and backless blouses in a film that pays a lot of attention to mofussil modes is way-way-way over the top. It’s hard to see her expressions beyond the eyeshadows. That reminds me…Sonakshi shares the shadows with Arbaaz Khan who as Chulbul Pandey’s brother is delightful daft and goofy. The villains have a coherent voice (never mind their livid screaming) and more space to develop as characters. The plot goes into spasms of explanation as to why one of the villains Niktin Dheer needed to take off his shirt in the climax .Really, Salman’s shirtless act needs no accompaniment.

But to be true, the film though runs smoothly and has many useful contributions from others but make no mistake. This film belongs to Chulbul alias Salman from the first frame to the last. Salman goes through the motions without any punctuation except a string of exclamations. While the other characters remain dutifully tenuous, Chulbul’s comic-book valour is highlighted unapologetically. “Dabangg 2″ takes off effortlessly from the first frame creating a wackier, wilder, wittier saga than “Dabangg” woven around Chulbul Pandey’s agile, anarchic antics. Though the plot is written in half-hearted measures leaving many episodes including the climax looking incomplete, the film is loads of lowbrow fun with some peppy songs by Sajid-Wajid which are filmed with an earthy gusto. Aseem Mishra’s camera looks at life in “Kanpur” through wide-eyed lenses that stare unabashedly at the characters’s quirks. The film is a full entertainment dhamka and will be loved by every member of the family, if not metros then of course in villages and small cities. And by the way Salman doesn’t need you all from metros who feel eclipsed by his machismo.


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