With a nervous breakdown approaching, I could do with any form of distraction. And today the distraction came in the form of my sister and her friends who took me to watch the Salman Khan flick 'Dabangg'. I wanted to watch that movie since I saw the first promo. And I'm so glad I did. The movie in one word is 'Superb'.
Right from the first scene to the last, Salman a.k.a Chulbul a.k.a Robinhood Pandey, steals the show. I kinda have an extremely soft corner for men who can pull of crisp formals. Until now it was only Farhan Akthar, Ranbir Kapoor and a person in real life who had made it to the list. But now we have a Dabangg entry in the form of apna Sallu Bhai who looks sexy, sleek and mature. Be it his common man formals or his Khakhi policeman uniform. I normally don't like men who have a moustache, but I'm willing to make an exception for Mr.Pandey here. Oh yeah, I did make an exception earlier too for Surya in 'Kaakha Kaakha'. I guess the moustache is something associated with a cop. No matter what, it sure does work.
Dabangg has a faulty story line with the expected cliches. A detestable step father, a useless step brother and an ailing mother. But what works in the movie is our Chulbul Pandey. This role is tailor made for Salman and probably one of his best till date. However, Prem of 'Hum Saath Saath Hai' remains my favourite character of his till date! He is awesome as the corrupt albeit warm hearted cop in love with the local beauty.
Speaking of the local beauty, if I was a guy I would have gladly spent my entire life looking at Sonakshi Sinha. She is the typical Indian beauty and she is drop dead gorgeous. The only woman I envy because of her looks. She's sexy, sultry, homely (the quality that most men die for) and a bundle of talent. Her eyes had me singing, 'Tere mast mast do nain, mere dil ka le gaye chain'. Seriously!
The chemistry that she shares with Salman who is probably twice her age is something you hardly expect from a debutante. She is well embedded in the story and has enough screen space to make guys go weak in the knees. The story is nothing great, but the fight sequences are awesome. The sudden bulging of muscles and ripping of Salman's shirt during the climax was a bit Rajinkantish, but pardonable. The movie is one hell of an entertainer and that's why it works.
There are many other established actors in the movie. Dimple Kapadia doesn't look old enough to play Salman's asthmatic mother, but Vinod Khanna definitely looks bad enough to play Salman's step father who loathes him. Arbaaz plays the part of the loser step brother very well. After all he has considerable real life experience playing that part. Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahi Gill(Paro of Dev.D) are wasted in their miniscule roles. Sonu Sood is impressive but the movie belong to one man, Chulbul Robinhood Pandey.
The music of the movie is good too. A few songs just stay in your mind and in your heart. 'Chori kiya' and 'Tere mast mast do nain' tugged straight at my heart. Obviously 'Munni badnam hui' has become a rage all over the country but Malaika Arora Khan looks a teeny bit vulgar in that song which I felt was totally unnecessary. The title track and 'Humka peeni hai' are catchy and will be on your lips long after you have heard it.
All in all a paisa vasool movie. And yes, Salman is back with a bang with Dabangg!