If you are a simpleton like the one portrayed by Arbaaz Khan in his home production and maiden directorial venture DABANGG 2 and did not know what to expect when you walked in to watch the movie, there is not an iota of doubt that you will come out of the theatre clapping loudly. If you are not a simpleton, but more like the cop Chulbul Pandey essayed by Salman Khan in the movie and had a clear expectation of what was in store, you may come out clapping, but perhaps less loudly. If you are not like Chulbul Pandey or his simpleton brother and watched the movie because you missed seeing the original DABANGG, then it is likely that you will come out loudly chiding yourself for having watched it. But if you had watched the original DABANGG and enjoyed it like me, let me take you through what I felt when I was watching the movie before narrating how I felt when the movie ended.
I quite liked the songs of DABANGG 2 and Sajid Wajid have composed tunes that are melodious and hummable and songs that are trite and yet hummable. Unfortunately, all song situations seem forced into the movie and therefore there is more merit in listening to the songs outside. The novelty of the item numbers seem to be wearing away fast; something that was bound to happen as a result of overexposure! And as a result Kareena Kapoor’s gyrations in the Fevicol number, produces less oomph compared to the Munni number.
All the actors, Salman Khan, Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan and Prakash Raj playing the baddie do just as much justice to their characters as is demanded by the depth of their characterization; Sonakshi Sinha is just as adequate or inadequate as the others. Her face and broad forehead and buxom features continue to radiate freshness, although she is already five films old. But the fact remains that Salman Khan on whose shoulders the fortunes of this movie lies looks jaded. The movements no longer entertain; they are laboured and the spontaneity is withering away.
Abhinav Kashyap who directed DABANGG had infused it with slickness in such magnitude in the midst of the melodrama and action and comedy, that it held audiences wrapped in a Poora Paisa Vasool environment. Unfortunately, Arbaaz Khan has a tame story and adopts a linear straight forward approach which sans any innovation and riddles it with clichés all over. The only truly entertaining part is when Chulbul Pandey makes a prank call to his father and Vinod Khanna’s responses. Imagine a mega-sized fire-cracker which has been soaked in a damp environment and then being lit: the BANG in DABANGG 2 is nowhere to be heard!
RATING: 2 out of 5
December 21, 2012

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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