Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sudeep, Arbaaz Khan, Saiee Manjrekar
Director: Prabhu Deva
What’s it about?
In this prequel of sorts, director Prabhu Deva takes us to the pre-Chulbul days and shows the making of this Policewala Gunda. As the ghost of Chulbul’s past returns to haunt him, he must do what he does the best – beat up the baddies and pack a punch!
Chulbul Pandey is back with his trademark swag. Landing the blows and kicking up a storm in slo-mo, he is in top form as the star cop who is also known as Robinhood Pandey.
Written by Salman Khan, Dabangg 3 is an unabashed ode to Chulbul’s larger-than-life character and his own star power. Salman is in every frame giving his fans what they want. The rest of the cast rallies around him religiously. Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan reprise their respective roles with full honesty, but it’s easy to notice how they are just an accessory to Chulbul’s charisma.
The film’s villain Bali Singh played by the debonair south star Kichcha Sudeep has his own grandstand. The dude doesn’t look half as menacing as he is supposed to, thanks to his charismatic screen presence, but nonetheless matches Salman in a bare-bodied face-off. Debutante Saiee Manjrekar shows spark with her innocence despite a very demure and underwhelming portrayal of an important role.
Story-wise, the film makes ambitious choices at the altar of logic and conviction, but who cares when we have Bhai upping the swag quotient. Filmy dialogues fly thick and fast even as there is slow-motion action in almost every second scene. Songs are colorfully shot in trademark Prabhudeva style and most of them are melodious but they pop in at the most inopportune time stretching the already long runtime.
However, for Salman fans, this one is a treat all the way, unrestrained and unapologetic.