According to the early reports, Dabangg, starring Salman Khan, has crushed the opening weekend numbers set by 3 Idiots last year. 3 Idiots was released on 25th December, 2009 eyeing the Christmas and New Year holidays, probably the best time for a movie’s release. Dabangg too had the advantage of Eid but then it had several other things going with the motion. Oh and by the way, I am serious about writing this blog on Dabangg so let’s get started with some of the best things in the movie.
No preaching, no management learning, no social messages
This is hands down the best thing about the movie! The movie never wants you to achieve excellence so that success may follow. It simply delivers what it promises and that is entertainment. Pure, 100% solid, Salman Khan style entertainment! And if you look back, movies were always made for entertainment purposes. In fact, if you take a look at the list of the top 50 highest grossing films worldwide (try wikipedia), at least 40 of them do not intend to preach. However, I have nothing against movies with social messages. Chak De India is one of my all time favorites.
The gravity-defying action of the movie is brilliant. A few scenes make a mark like the fight sequence at the railway station and ofcourse the climax. Action-prime Indian movies are not as common as love stories but they have always had their share. Dabangg’s action can be termed as ‘stylish’ in its own way, something Salman gave birth to after Wanted where he is not just beating the goons, he is wearing his Ray Bans during the entire episode 😎
Apart from the pivotal roles of Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Sonu Sood and Sonakshi Sinha, the movie features various other veterans in supporting roles. This is something Wanted and even Ghajini couldn’t accomplish. So here you have Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahie Gill in supporting roles, a thick cast indeed. An ensemble like this is a big hygiene factor for the movie.
‘Munni Badnaam Hui’
Apart from the amazingly shot, choreographed (especially when Salman breaks into the scene!) and somewhat cheesy Munni Badnaam Hui, there are other songs in the movie that stand out. The title track leaves an imprint. Sukhwinder Singh has done it again. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan proves his dominance with Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and Sonu Nigam excellently Choris your Jiya! The music of the movie is a hit and a huge plus.
The name says it all! Bhai’s fans don’t want him to pull out a National Award winning performance nor do they go to the theaters to see an ‘Auro’ or an ‘Akbar’. They go to see Salman Khan. They want him to get shirtless, kick some bad guys around and have some fun. Salman delivers exactly that. Sporting a mustache for the first time in his career, Chulbul Pandey seems to be enjoying his character like anything.
As you may have guessed by now, I totally enjoyed the movie. What did you think about it? And if you haven’t seen it yet (abe kamaal karte ho!), I am not a Salman Khan fan and have never really liked his movies much, I definitely recommend this one 😊