Big Time Paisa VasoolBy K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Mahie Gill
Director: Arbaaz Khan
Bollywood finally matches Hollywood! 'Dabangg 2' released Friday December 21, 2012 not just a holiday bonanza for Indian cinemagoers, but the film and its cast and crew have made sure they have produced a movie that rivals the best of Hollywood with of course the extra treat of the desi twist. Fans of superstar Salman Khan thronged cinemas and whistled, laughed and shrieked passionately as the action-thriller-comedy-drama movie opened today across India. Some multiplexes screened 16 shows on the opening day. If the going is as great as it seemed, 'Dabangg 2' could rake in Rs. 200 crores or more in just the next week.
The biggest entertainer of 2012, as most called it today, released just few days before Salman's 47th birthday on December 27, 2012. 'Dabangg 2' is definitely better than 'Dabangg' and that's why Salman has already announced its third franchise. In fact, Salman ends 'Dabangg 2' with almost an announcement to this effect. Upon killing villain Prakash Raj, Salman as Chulbul Pandey quips 'Why not do something better (in supposedly the sequel)'!
The movie is a perfect entertainer inasmuch as it provides everything - action, thrill, comedy, drama, romance and appropriate music. It is not just a well crafted story, but excellent dialogues that don't dwell much on the typical melodrama of Indian movies. The cast's performance is superb! The Kareena Kapoor item number 'Fevicol Se' is especially fresh and adds a feather in the cap of the newly wedded bride of Nawab Saif Ali. This second installment of Dabangg is set in Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) where cop Chulbul Pandey played by Salman Khan has been transferred as police station in-charge officer from Lalganj, the location of 'Dabangg'. Kanpur is known as the den of criminals who indulge in all kinds of misdeeds such as kidnapping of child as well as bride, of course, with their nexus with politicians and the police.
Thakhur Bachcha played by Prakash Raj is the gang leader and running for local elections. Chulbul assures the Kanpur public of ending Thakur and his gang's misdeeds. Thakur's brother threatens Chulbul's father played by Vinod Khanna. But, Thakhur's brother is killed by Chulbul for threatening to kidnap a girl from her marriage, to marry her by force. Thakur takes revenge by pushing Chulbul's pregnant wife Rajjo played by Sonakshi Sinha that makes her abort. Chulbul's brother Makhi Singh played by actor-director-producer Arbaaz Khan who does a phenomenal job in his role, even compared with his role in the prequel. 'Dabangg' was directed by famous Anurag Kashyap, its sequel has debutant Arbaaz who takes 'Dabangg 2' to new heights, soaring well above any Indian action-thriller for sure!
Overall, the cast is outstanding. Salman's performance is surreal, in every move, every dialogue delivery, every action sequence and even romance. Sonakshi comes across very seasoned. Her chemistry with Salman is more evident and real. Prakash Raj as villain excels his earlier performances. Mahie Gill as Nirmala playing wife of Arbaaz looks stunning but has a very brief role. The writer and the choreographer deserve kudos. Music by Sazid -Wazid is okay. 'Pandey ji seeti' and 'Dagahbaaz' are average; 'Sanson ne' is more popular.
'Dabangg 2' is a must watch. It makes you feel Bollywood has come of age, totally!
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