Ever since multiplexes came into the picture (pun intended), I have missed the whistles and the catcalls, viewers getting up from their seats to dance on catchy numbers or clapping on one liners delivered by the hero. But, when a Salman Khan movie is released, you are guaranteed the audience will indulge in these antics right from the first scene. Rest assured you can definitely go in expecting to get your paisa vasool (value for money). A Salman Khan movie is not for the faint-hearted or pseudo-intellectual. You have to be passionate about the actor, love his antics and style to love his movies.
Dabangg(2010) gave us a lovable super cop Chulbul Pandey and Part 2 completely banks on his popularity. Chulbul aka Robin-hood Pandey lives life on his own terms and is practically a law unto himself. He continues his fearless streak and headstrong attitude to take on the criminals of a higher stature in a bigger city. No matter what people say about the story, I believe it has been deliberately kept simple so that you can concentrate on Salman and Salman only. Chulbul Pandey carries forward his madness along with his band of, practical sometimes corrupt, side-kick cops who give amazing support to their lovable Super Cop.
From the word “Go” you notice that this movie is more of hero worship, when the bad guys are totally in awe of Pandeyjee and willingly take a beating from the man with superhuman strength. You almost feel that the bad guys would rather be beaten up by the almighty Salman Khan than any other hero in the Indian Film Industry. From villains to the rest of the policemen, the street vendors to the journalist, everyone is happy to share the frame with Robin-hood Pandey.
The rest of the actors albeit in a supporting role, most of them have been retained from the first part, I guess for the original flavor. Sonakshi Sinha, Vinod Khanna & Arbaaz Khan (also the producer) are basically family and add to an enhanced emotional side of Chulbul Pandey. The only other actor worth mentioning in a supporting role is the villain Prakash Raj as a corrupt, power wielding politician, who somehow failed to pose as a threat in front of the Super cop. Manoj Pahwa as the SP Police is actually the funny man in the film and gives great support to the comedy track.
Music by Sajid-Wajid retains the original flavor of the first part and the song “Fevicol Se” shot with Kareena Kapoor and as expected has already become a huge hit effectively filling the gap left by “Munni Badnam”. The action and stunt sequences are the fun part and generate the loudest whistles and claps.
Though touted by a lot of critics as a film with weak screenplay, I would like to call it a heavy entertainer with heavy doses of action and larger than life portrayal of Salman Khan. The directors and producers have heavily banked on the star power of Salman and let him carry the movie alone on his shoulders, which has been a very intelligent move.
If you are a Salman Khan fan, this movie is a must watch for you, and if you are not maybe you should watch it and finally become one.