Review: Dabangg (2010)
Name: Dabangg (2010)
Genre: Drama, Bollywood
Director: Abhinav Kashyap
Actors: Salman Khan, Sonu Sood, Anupam Kher, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Anushka Sinha, Arbaz Khan
This is the story of 2 step brothers, whose mother is Dimple Kapadia. She has asthma, a medical condition which nowadays is increasingly being depicted in Bollywood movies. The inhaler is being subtly advertised?
Salman Khan, the elder brother from the earlier husband of Dimple Kapadia, becomes a police officer in the same town where he was born and where his parents presently live (unlike the practice in the Indian Civil Service!). He is a corrupt officer, but not a cruel baddie. He is fearless, which is what “Dabangg”, the name of the movie, means in English.
Arbaz Khan is the younger brother, not sauve like his elder brother.
Like the quintessential Bollywood masala movie, there are periodic face-to-face fights where one man successfully takes on a bunch of people. The fights have been performed and filmed with the attitude and desire to do a good job of everything. There are also periodic songs, most of which are memorable and quite popular. There is also the (now mandatory) raunchy dance number, “Munni Badnaam Hui”, which has been quite a hit.
The story is simple. Politicians fight each other through proxies and one of the brothers gets into serious trouble for becoming one such proxy. Then, they forget their “step brotherly status” and unite to stamp out the scrooge of the villainy politician, as he is the cause of their mother’s death.
Salman Khan acts with poise and elan. This is his film. He prefers to wear dark goggles in many of the scenes in the movie. Wonder why? Sonu Sood, the local politician and racketeer, has given a very noteworthy performance. He has really put himself into the role. Both fight each other in the climax, with their shirts removed: their macho sculpted torsos on display. However, there is no such “exposure” of any of the female actors in the movie, except the lusty “munni badnaam hui” number. There is also no physical violence against or “violation” of women in this movie. Sonakshi Sinha, the debutante, has performed well as Salman Khan’s love interest.Continued on the next page