Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’ and ‘wholesome entertainment’?

The film wins Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the National Film Awards. Kudos to the Khans, but we have our doubts about the win

We love Dabangg. We really do. Every time we watched it, Salman Khan’s shirt ripping apart on its own had us rolling on the floor laughing. Yet, when Dabangg won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment yesterday, we began to wonder. Entertaining, yes, but wholesome? And Dabangg? Really? If there’s one word that describes the film the least, it’s wholesome. Look it up and you’ll find what we found – ‘wholesome’ as defined by the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, is something that ‘promotes health or well-being of mind or spirit’. And something that improves your moral character, especially when it comes to films. Now, you’ll surely agree that Dabangg just does not match that definition, right? Definitely not when it has –

– A corrupt cop
– One who punctuates his punches with swear words
– One who kills innumerable thugs without a second thought
– An item girl who sings about her badnaami
– A baddie who has no qualms suffocating an old lady to death in a prolonged sequence.

Should we go on?

But then, this is just us. The National Film Awards jury certainly did not think so. What about you? What do you think? Tell us through the poll and comments below. For Arbaaz Khan’s reaction to winning the award, click here