Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 21st December, 2012
Time : 129 minutes
Director : Arbaaz Khan; Writer : Dileep Shukla; Music: Sajid-Wajid
Starring : Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Manoj Pahwa
A clearly defined hero. Salman Khan. In new territory. Kanpur. One clearly defined baddie. Prakash Raj. Hooligan cum politician. The inevitable conflict and confrontation. Several irritating songs. Very little plot wise. Some decent dialogue. Decent action. Good humour, in parts. And a film that meanders and takes its own sweet time to arrive at the only conclusion possible.
I’ll give it this much though. Its not one of the mindless films going on, with no head or tail, just silly, crass gags. The hindi dialogue for the most part is good. In parts, very good. The jokes do not seek to appease the lowest common denominator and maintain a certain standard, not sinking to the cheap, crude gags that most other films delight in.
Whats missing is a story with anything new. Or any sort of spark, which the first Dabangg possessed in spades. Salman struts his stuff. Sonakshi has a muted role, with her eyes downcast rather than smouldering . Prakash Raj rages, frets and fumes. Manoj Pahwa and other assorted policemen provide back-up to Salman, cleaning up when required, cheering him otherwise.
This one is a harmless film, nothing staying with you when you leave the hall, no ‘seeti-blowing’ moment, nothing, apart from the songs, which you will possibly hate. A lukewarm, timepass film which Just doesn’t raise a strong emotion either way.