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Dabangg Review

Overall Rating: 3.27/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Intended as a throwback to those masala 70s potboilers set in the hinterland of India, Dabangg has the ambition and the imagination, it appears, but suffers on account of schizophrenic writing. The film’s second half is tiresome to sit through. One isn’t looking for an intelligent storyline or character depth in this kind of movie, but there is no excuse for the uneven pacing, and for the film’s middle portion that is unmistakably boring.The film then belongs to Salman Khan who dives into the character with an enthusiasm we haven’t seen before. He relishes every moment of delivering those cocky lines, and turns Chulbul Pandey into possibly the most enduring character he’s ever played. An ordinary, at best average film, Dabangg can barely contain the presence of its larger-than-life star. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Abhinav Kashyap’s Dabangg. Watch it strictly for Salman, who delivers enough bang for your buck

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

For anybody who wants to know what is the on-screen definition of Bollywood (read popular mainstream Hindi cinema), Dabangg is truly text book fare. It’s loud, crazy, zany, exaggerated, larger-than-life, almost nonsensical, totally make-believe, comic book like, complete kitsch, generously peppered with the mandatory desi tadka (garnishing) of songs and dances that keep popping out of nowhere and is literally oozing with star charisma. Most importantly, it’s not meant to make sense. It’s only meant to entertain. And entertain, it does in overdoses. No, this isn’t meant for people who are looking for different cinema. Nor is it meant for the viewer who likes movies to appeal to his head. Yet, for those who celebrate and serenade the `silliness’ of mainstream masala movie lore and swear by its popcorn quotient, Dabangg is the greatest getaway of the season.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Be forewarned. DABANGG is rustic, has loads of action, harps on the age-old mother-son and varied relationships [half-brother, step-father], eventually turns into a vendetta fare, has a number of songs placed smartly in the narrative [including an item number]… but the packaging is slick and polished. Sure, it’s old wine, but packed in a brand new bottle, with a new brand ambassador [Salman Khan] endorsing this masalathon. Salman fans, rejoice! You walk in DABANGG with 100% expectations and you exit with 200% gratification. Entertainment guaranteed.On the whole, DABANGG is a full on entertainer with three aces – Salman Khan like never before, stylish action and super music.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Chulbul Pandey, co-written by writer-director Abhinav Kashyap and enacted by Salman Khan, is the most thunderously crackling character I’ve seen in a Bollywood film in months. Dabangg, about Chulbul’s love-hate relationship with his stepfather and stepbrother, is a structural mess. The first half is all set-up-each scene essentially being a showcase for Chulbul-so when interval arrives, you are still waiting for the story to begin. When the story finally kicks in, it turns out to be a tired rehash of conniving politicians, familial misunderstanding and revenge. The plot movement is random – anything is possible at anytime. Still I recommend that you see the film for the sheer pleasure of watching Salman Khan in top form. And for the nicely smoldering Sonakshi who despite their difference in age and experience, holds her own effectively.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

In terms of story, Dilip Shukla and Abhinav Kashyap offer no novelty as films with similar plot lines – family drama, mother’s death, love story between a police officer and a simple girl, enmity between local politician and police officer, fight to finish etc. – have been seen in the past. But the presentation is so fresh, the humour is so new, the characterisation of the main protagonist is so endearing, the performance of Salman Khan is so wonderful, the music is so outstanding, and the action is so brilliantly composed that the lack of novelty hardly becomes a sore point.Salman Khan lives his role and is the life of the film. He is so extraordinary that it seems, he was born to play this role and that the role was written for him and him only. Besides his endearing acting, he throws the right kind of attitude to carry off the role

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

Sorry, even in the name of a mindless, ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer (!?), first-time director Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s Dabangg just doesn’t give you sufficient bang for your bucks. You’ve seen far superior Bollywood bone-crushers; here the ouchcome is a puerile pastiche of the wacky Rajnikant heabangers, Mithun Chakraborty’s vintage Boo-graders. Perhaps stupid are those who still expect a semblance of unadulterated fun, new thought and ideas, adding up to honest-to-goodness clean-cut entertainment. In the case of Dabangg the traditional niceties are conspicuous by their absence. Fun merely means Salman Khan dominating every frame with robotic facial expressions; thought is equivalent to freeze shots of Salman Khan during his countless rooftop leaps; and clean-cut accounts for dialogue.To see or not to see, then? If you’re a Salman Khan fan, umm yes. You could do worse like wandering into the fake We are Family. Otherwise, nahin nahin kabhi nahin.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Abhishek Munde Site:Rediff

Dabangg is a movie that throws all notions of subtlety out of the window and presents to you a picture that celebrates the loud and the kitschy.If you are the kind of a person who enjoys men’s locker-room humour and thinks that Salman is the coolest person to have walked the earth, Dabangg is your totally up your alley.In a way Dabangg is an ode to Salman’s off-screen persona — macho, large-hearted, unpredictable and bigger than life.But is it a great movie? Possibly not. With no storyline to speak of, scenes that seem to pop out of nowhere and characters doing random things with no seeming logic, Dabangg isn’t anything close to being a classified as a good film. Does it entertain? I would go with a loud and emphatic yes.Dabangg is not a movie for non-Salman fans. But for those who worship him it’s a film you simply cannot afford to miss.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Dabangg means fearless. Someone who doesn’t care a damn! As much as this film doesn’t care a damn for any innovative storyline. As much as Chulbul Pandey tries to hide his tears behind his sunglasses, the film tries to camouflage its conventional storytelling behind Salman’s style. Try to find a novel storyline and there is none in Dabangg. Try to find Salman Khan and there is nothing else.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA

Robert Rodriguez, maker of the cult Western Desperado, starring Antonio Banderas, would have been proud of Dabangg. So would Manmohan Desai.Debutant director-writer Abhinav Kashyap combines ingredients from the films of the two filmmakers — spaghetti and khichdi, if you will — and serves a meal which is palatable but leaves you feeling a little too full in the end.Mad and incredibly entertaining — but not without flaws — Dabangg is for those who love masala in their films. And Salman Khan.

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