We’re less than a week away from, undoubtedly, one of the most-awaited films of the year. Dabangg – a film Salman Khan has made his own with the pencil moustache, a bit of fat and badass dialogues with a pinch of humor. Chulbul Pandey has gotten both, the autowallah and intellectual, talking about it. And, what’s more – it releases a year after Wanted, another Eid release of Sallu Bhai – which automatically assures packed single-screens and multiplexes alike.
Wanted, with its unrealistic visual effects and uncanny dialogues had given the audiences an over-the-top visual treat – and not in the Aisha way. And it even had Salman Khan dancing with Prabhudeva – moving every muscle in his body. But with Dabangg, there’s something absolutely different. It’s kicked up a storm of speculation and intrigue, alike. It’s a filmy phenomenon of sorts, a not-so-silent revolution that is all over the Indian media.
Since the theatrical trailer was first released, on July 23rd, Dabangg has been making headlines for all the right reasons. Marking several debuts, that of Sonakshi Sinha opposite Salman Khan, Abhinav Kashyap – the director and brother of much acclaimed director, Anurag Kashyap and Arbaaz Khan as producer – the film hits theatres on 10th September. Fearless, as the film’s title suggests, the cast and crew have been behaving that way – having the critics and analysts swing their way with great hope, and how.
Chulbul Pandey aka Robin Hood will be one character to reckon with, especially with the dialogues and action sequences. But, action and its extensiveness is not all that defines this film. It maybe the cliché journey of the hero – badass falls in love and hits realization – but the emotional quotient of the film is said to be defined by Sallu’s love interest. And the animated hearts on Chulbul Pandey’s sunglasses sure do agree with that.
The music, without mention, has caught the attention of all. Composed by the duo of Sajid-Wajid alongside Lalit Pandit of the Jatin-Lalit duo – the soundtrack had all the makings of a mass hit – the kind Himesh Reshammiya churned out when he sported a cap. Having received fairly good ratings from those necessary, it has been on everyone’s lips thanks to the radio, Facebook status updates quoting lyrics and Twitter updates too.
But what’s surprising amidst all of this is how the film has every Levi’s wearing youngster say, “I wanna watch this film. First day, first show!” Insights talk of how some feel the dialogues are cool and crass at the same time, while some talk of how it’s going to be an entertaining movie on the uppermost layer, at the least. That assured, it’s a phenomenon to be watching this category of films. A kind where you can laugh, whistle and have some fun.
Back in the day, such a film would be considered down-market, un-cool and ridiculous. But, Dabangg seems to have redefined these norms and changed perspectives. Maybe the promotional value adds to the excitement – but that can’t be it. Salman Khan, in an interview, admitted how this kind of attention was expected, but not at such a scale. Rest assured, the film is pitted to do good business over the weekend. And, the audience will comprise of everyone from the roadside Romeo to the thinking viewer to the film scholar.
So, if you have any second thoughts on why you shouldn’t watch this film, maybe watching the promos over and over will help you head to the theatres. Or try humming Munni Badnaam Hui in a public place. Either raised eyebrows or additions to your vocal powers – one of the two reactions are assured. As for me, I’m going for it. Maybe not a first day, first show – but as soon as I can get my hands on a ticket at a single-screen.