Dabangg 2 movie review: Salman Khan kicks butt, but the film lacks punch!

Fri, December 21, 2012 10:21am UTC by 36 Comments
Dabangg 2 movie review: Salman Khan kicks butt, but the film lacks punch!

Thanks to Salman’s antics, a very predictable Dabangg 2 becomes entertaining, but only in parts. Read full review…

Explaining the plot of Dabangg 2 is easier than making morning tea. So here’s how it goes: Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) has now moved to a bigger city – Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. A school boy is abducted by goons and needs to be rescued. Enter Chulbul Pandey (his bulging tummy is hard to miss; perhaps a sign that he is now a happily married man!) and a long fist and gun fight ensues. A chubby Chulbul saves the day. He takes the money from the rich father of the kidnapped boy and donates it to the police fund and to his personal charity, establishing the fact that he is truly Robinhood Pandey. Cut to the title song.

Chulbul and Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) continue to be totally in love after marriage and sing love songs on the streets once again. Enter a mean looking villain – Bachha Singh played by Prakash Raj – a goon taking his first step into politics. Chulbul makes sure he does not let Bachha continue with his do number ka dhanda. An enraged Bachha sends his bro Genda (Deepak Dobriyal) to threaten Sallu’s daddy (Vinod Khanna) who is now happily living with his beta. Despite the threat to his family Chulbul continues to be Dabangg and bumps off Genda to save a girl’s life. Bachha decides to kick his political ambitions and avenge his brother’s death. He attacks Chulbul’s pregnant wife and brother Makkhi Singh (Arbaaz Khan). Rajjo loses the baby, and Makkhi conveniently survives a bullet. Being a Dabangg wife, Sonakshi tells his pati to kill Bachha. Cut to the climax – a larger than life action sequence ( and not without Salman’s shirt coming off) and the villain is defeated! The End.

As is obvious by now, Dabangg 2 is too predictable. In fact, the plot is thinner than Malaika Arora Khan’s waist! The subplots that explore Chulbul’s relationship with his wife, father and brother make you wonder where the film is going. Their purpose is to add an emotional quotient to the movie, but there are far too many subplots and they slow down the pace of the film. Post interval, you constantly wait for something to happen, something to jump at you or surprise you, but when a development does come, it’s too late and too lame.

Case in point: A pregnant Sonakshi rolling down the temple stairs while Arbaaz is being held back by the goons. This scene has been used in too many B-grade movies to be taken seriously.

Since the script is weak, director Arbaaz Khan relies on action sequences and cheeky dialogues to do the trick. But that gets too repetitive by the end of it. The production values dip on many occasions – the CGI effects in all the car driving scenes look straight out of the 80′s when technology was not available. The direction is sloppy on several occasions.

Sonakshi has more to do in this sequel and she does a decent job of it. Arbaaz appears and disappears at will and makes no impression. Vinod Khanna gets a chance to show off his acting skills after a long time and he proves that he is still a formidable actor. The one person you feel bad for is Prakash Raj. The actor is getting typecast and he has nothing new to offer in this film. Dabangg 2 definitely needed a more menacing villain to make Chulbul look stronger.

Now for the few good things. Most of us will watch Dabangg 2 only for Salman and yes, he keeps up the good work and continues with his antics. But he doesn’t get enough support from brother and director Arbaaz, who fails to recreate the magic of Dabangg which was a potboiler with a complex and pacey storyline and loads of punches. Chulbul had many more challenges to deal with because of the differences with his father and brother. In the sequel everything’s way too hunky dory and Chulbul is just having a field day.

Some action scenes are well choreographed, but get repetitive after a point. The few entertaining portions come in the form of Chulbul’s dialogues with his enemies and his interactions with his fellow police officers. Here I must add that a rather stubby looking Salman is in the company of older inspectors and hawaldars, and this could have been done in a bid to make him look younger and cooler. And that’s really not cool! Sallu needs to get fitter if he intends to continue doing action movies.

Dabangg 2 might bring in the moolah, but may not succeed in winning the audiences’ heart the way Dabangg did. So watch it for Salman if you must, but be ready to be disappointed. I suggest you settle into your couch and catch the first part once again on television instead!

Rating: 2.5/5

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Hmmm

    I watched it , disappointment at every scene. Arbaaz a failure in direction and in acting , both . I can not forget the big fat tummy of sallu, lol like southindian soft porn .lol , watch it just for kareena,

    • DOLBY

      YE JOOD BOL REHE HAI,,,USNE FILM NAHI DEKHA ABI TAK,,,,,,,,,FANTASTIC MOVIE HAI,,,,,,,,,GOOD,,,BETTER THAN ANY OTHER ACTION FILMS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,SALMAN KIG OF BOLLYWOOD…………..

      • sapan

        maine movie dekhi he isse to me ghar par pehla part dekh leta

    • ddd

      how can u watch the movie and write ur comments at 10.59 am……even the first show was not finished then……u fake……first go and watch the film nd then comment……

      • Durga

        Well said :)

      • kevin

        the movie is better that Dabaang 1. The writer has seems to written the review without watching the movie. i will bet this movie is best movie of the year and one of the all time bests. The dialogue, actions, dance, comedy are terrific. Many anit-Sallu people are commenting even having watched it. hat off to Arbaz for excellent direction.

    • kevin

      why r u commenting without watching the movie? better rue Shahrukh Khan’s JTHJ is no match with Dabaang-2.

      • sharukh…

        awwsome movie salman bhai u rock…..

      • gulu

        Daband 2 is one stupid movie I wasted my Sunday afternoon and money for nothing, this movie might cross 100 crore but the value is not even. One rupee

    • satti36

      hay gady pehle movie dek k a

      • afsha

        Movie itni bakwaas hai je jis theater me ham dekhne gaye usme aadha theater adhe movie me uth kar chal diye

        • rakesh

          kon kehta hai k movie bakwas hai supar axn supar comady or lajawb song .. bas kami itni hai k salman kabhi apni movie m gande shourt nahi deta or khud apne kapde utar leta hai par heroin k kapde to kya ek kiss b nahi karta ……. shayad isliye salman jayda tar film famlys dekhti hai .bahar kuch b ho parda saaf hona chahiye

      • salman khan

        Movie nahi dekha hota to pata kaise chalta ke kini bakwas hai

  • dev

    FANTASTIC MOVIE,,,,GOOD ACTION ,,,,ALL TIME ACTION BLOCKBUSTER OF 2012,,,,,,,,,,,,,WATCH AND ENJOY …

  • Jume

    Great movie must watch

    • rahman

      bakwaas movie hai yaar kyun apna time waist kar rahe ho

  • fan of salman

    superb movie fully entertainment superb action action king of bollywood salman khan

    • nayeem

      bakwaas movie of the year salman ur nothing without south remake

  • RAJ

    worthless movie, waste of money & time.
    again no acting by salman & sonakshi. i hate sonakshi sinha she is very fat looks like aunty ji, yak.
    don’t ruined your weekend & christmas holidays……..pls
    2** just because of songs.

  • sapan

    yes you are right dabanng 2 is a waste of time and money.

  • jindavali

    plzzzz don watch

  • manoranj

    madam (author) plz dont write reveiw without haveing watched the movie. you are anti-Salman. your blog post reads time as 10.21 A.M while the first show in India started at 11 A.M. you are not fit the write review. hope you will take my comment positively.

  • JarganJrasailyJrasaily

    I love salman after reading this review didn’t felt like watching but I want to give a try,,,,

    • rahman

      bakwaas film hai bhai review ek dum sahi 2.5 star bahuuuuuuut zyaaaaada hogaye

  • Moloy

    good padke aachha laga. eek idea mila

    • Wolfman

      Gand marne k idea mila hahahhaha

  • sanjay

    Must watch. Not necessarily that very movie should carry a message. It’s complete entertainer. Fun watching. Super single liners.

  • Aslam

    Not good movie only just average movie

  • Nazirhazari

    Dabbang-1 dikha dete to bahut achha rehta chhichhre logo ki moovie lagging hai

    • rahul

      bakwaas film hai dono salman aur arbaaz gatar ke suvvar dekhrahe hain film me

      • rahul

        abe film dekh ke aya kya fir bat kar suvvar ke bache

  • Wolfman

    Total rubbish film… salman fans r jerks liking him.

  • Jatin

    Nice movie

  • Pankaj

    After this year ending film of 2012 salman proved to bollywood “BAAP AKHIR BAAP HI HOTA HAI”

  • sanaulla

    nothing new dabangg copy

  • mayur

    dabangg 2 is the best


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