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Despite performing great at the box office, Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 is not being loved as much as it was anticipated. Here, we decode why it is so.

alman Khan’s Dabangg 3 hit the screens this Friday, and how. In just three days of its release, the film earned Rs 81.15 crore and promises to cross Rs 200-crore mark soon. While it is obvious that the film will prove to be another blockbuster of Salman Khan’s career, just like the other two films of the Dabangg franchise, we feel that it should be the last film in the series. From Dabangg (2010) to the recently released, the films are deteriorating when it comes to content and entertainment quotients.

In this week’s Monday Masala, we talk about the facts and reasons why Dabangg 3 should be the last film in the franchise.

For the past few years, we have observed a change in the kind of mainstream films that are being made in the country. These films are not only critically acclaimed but are also doing great business at the box office. This clearly shows that today the Indian audience is more aware of the kind of cinema it is being served. And this is where Dabangg 3 fails. The makers tried to serve the same dish and that too in the same platter without adding any extra spices to make it more palatable.

DABANGG : THE BEGINNING

As everybody knows, Dabangg films are about a mischievous police officer who doesn’t shy away from taking bribes, shooting fellow officers and bringing personal vendetta into his work. In the first film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap, we saw Inspector Chulbul Pandey bashing goons and rescuing his ladylove. He is innocent, outspoken and fearless. People liked his innocence and the way he handled the goons. He runs after gundas from one terrace to the next, enters people’s home without permission, dances to caller tunes and humiliates his younger brother (Arbaaz Khan as Makkhi) to later save him from the antagonist. Dabangg was liked for its fresh content, comic timing, rib-tickling dialogues and of course Munni’s badnaam item number. How can one forget the most popular dialogue of Chulbul Pandey: “Hum tumme itne chhed karenge ki tum confuse ho jaoge ki saans kahaan se le aur paade kahaan se.” A comparatively younger Salman Khan, who is currently 53, was somehow tolerable as a cop back then. The characters were new and therefore the audience could resonate with the film as far as entertainment is concerned. Sonu Sood’s Chedi Singh was welcoming as a villain.

DABANGG 2: WE TOLERATED

When Salman Khan announced Dabangg 2, we anticipated that it will be a fun ride, if not one with a social message. Arbaaz Khan donned the director’s hat and promised that it will be equally hilarious. Dabangg 2 was just like the first one, the only difference between the first and the second film was that Salman Khan was two years younger in the 2010 film. And yeah, another difference was that Malaika Arora was replaced by Kareena Kapoor Khan for an item number. The actress featured in the song Fevisol Se, which broke all popularity records set by its predecessor Munni Badnaam Hui. This film saw a new antagonist in Prakash Raj, who played Thakur Bachcha Singh. With the same storyline and predictable ending, audiences somehow managed to sail through 2 hours and 5 minute of excruciating pain.

DABANGG 3: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Seven years after the release of Dabangg 2, Salman Khan is seen in another Dabangg film. This time, the film was helmed by Prabhudheva. Dabangg 3 has Southern star Kichcha Sudeep in the role of the main villain. Another addition to this film is Saiee Manjrekar, who plays Chulbul Pandey’s first love Khushi. The question that arises here is why did the makers feel the need to introduce a 21-year-old actress to have a romantic angle with our 50-plus leading man? The thing that we ignored in the first two films as innocence is clear-cut stupidity in Dabangg 3. The makers tried to show women empowerment by showing Chulbul Pandey not asking for dowry but rather give it to Khushi’s maasi and mama (Khushi is shown as an orphan, brought up by Medha Manjrekar and Atul Srivastava, respectively). They didn’t think about the other option in which no one gives any dowry to anyone.

The film shows women as creatures who are to be saved. Chulbul allows Khushi to study. He says, “Tum padhai karna aur hum tumhari suraksha (You study and I will take care of your security). In 2019, why do the makers think that a woman needs a man for her security?

Prabhudheva’s hyper-violent, Southern cinema-style of filmmaking is no novelty in Bollywood now. The style has been extensively exploited by Rohit Shetty among other directors in the Hindi cinema.

Last but not least, why cannot the makers understand that Salman Khan doesn’t know how to dance and he doesn’t intend to learn at this age. The songs, which are just an extended versions of the songs from the first two films, show Bhaijaan dancing absurdly. Do we want to see him dancing? No. Do we have to see him dance like this? No. Then, why?


Jyoti KanyalNew DelhiDecember 23, 2019UPDATED: December 23, 2019 17:46 IST

Dabangg 3 stars Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. The film also introduces Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter Saiee Manjrekar.

Dabangg 3 stars Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. The film also introduces Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee Manjrekar.

Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 hit the screens this Friday, and how. In just three days of its release, the film earned Rs 81.15 crore and promises to cross Rs 200-crore mark soon. While it is obvious that the film will prove to be another blockbuster of Salman Khan’s career, just like the other two films of the Dabangg franchise, we feel that it should be the last film in the series. From Dabangg (2010) to the recently released, the films are deteriorating when it comes to content and entertainment quotients.

In this week’s Monday Masala, we talk about the facts and reasons why Dabangg 3 should be the last film in the franchise.

For the past few years, we have observed a change in the kind of mainstream films that are being made in the country. These films are not only critically acclaimed but are also doing great business at the box office. This clearly shows that today the Indian audience is more aware of the kind of cinema it is being served. And this is where Dabangg 3 fails. The makers tried to serve the same dish and that too in the same platter without adding any extra spices to make it more palatable.

DABANGG : THE BEGINNING

As everybody knows, Dabangg films are about a mischievous police officer who doesn’t shy away from taking bribes, shooting fellow officers and bringing personal vendetta into his work. In the first film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap, we saw Inspector Chulbul Pandey bashing goons and rescuing his ladylove. He is innocent, outspoken and fearless. People liked his innocence and the way he handled the goons. He runs after gundas from one terrace to the next, enters people’s home without permission, dances to caller tunes and humiliates his younger brother (Arbaaz Khan as Makkhi) to later save him from the antagonist. Dabangg was liked for its fresh content, comic timing, rib-tickling dialogues and of course Munni’s badnaam item number. How can one forget the most popular dialogue of Chulbul Pandey: “Hum tumme itne chhed karenge ki tum confuse ho jaoge ki saans kahaan se le aur paade kahaan se.” A comparatively younger Salman Khan, who is currently 53, was somehow tolerable as a cop back then. The characters were new and therefore the audience could resonate with the film as far as entertainment is concerned. Sonu Sood’s Chedi Singh was welcoming as a villain.

Watch Dabangg’s Munni Badnaam Hui here:

DABANGG 2: WE TOLERATED

When Salman Khan announced Dabangg 2, we anticipated that it will be a fun ride, if not one with a social message. Arbaaz Khan donned the director’s hat and promised that it will be equally hilarious. Dabangg 2 was just like the first one, the only difference between the first and the second film was that Salman Khan was two years younger in the 2010 film. And yeah, another difference was that Malaika Arora was replaced by Kareena Kapoor Khan for an item number. The actress featured in the song Fevisol Se, which broke all popularity records set by its predecessor Munni Badnaam Hui. This film saw a new antagonist in Prakash Raj, who played Thakur Bachcha Singh. With the same storyline and predictable ending, audiences somehow managed to sail through 2 hours and 5 minute of excruciating pain.

Watch Dabangg 2’s Fevicol Se here:

DABANGG 3: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Seven years after the release of Dabangg 2, Salman Khan is seen in another Dabangg film. This time, the film was helmed by Prabhudheva. Dabangg 3 has Southern star Kichcha Sudeep in the role of the main villain. Another addition to this film is Saiee Manjrekar, who plays Chulbul Pandey’s first love Khushi. The question that arises here is why did the makers feel the need to introduce a 21-year-old actress to have a romantic angle with our 50-plus leading man? The thing that we ignored in the first two films as innocence is clear-cut stupidity in Dabangg 3. The makers tried to show women empowerment by showing Chulbul Pandey not asking for dowry but rather give it to Khushi’s maasi and mama (Khushi is shown as an orphan, brought up by Medha Manjrekar and Atul Srivastava, respectively). They didn’t think about the other option in which no one gives any dowry to anyone.

The film shows women as creatures who are to be saved. Chulbul allows Khushi to study. He says, “Tum padhai karna aur hum tumhari suraksha (You study and I will take care of your security). In 2019, why do the makers think that a woman needs a man for her security?

Prabhudheva’s hyper-violent, Southern cinema-style of filmmaking is no novelty in Bollywood now. The style has been extensively exploited by Rohit Shetty among other directors in the Hindi cinema.

Last but not least, why cannot the makers understand that Salman Khan doesn’t know how to dance and he doesn’t intend to learn at this age. The songs, which are just an extended versions of the songs from the first two films, show Bhaijaan dancing absurdly. Do we want to see him dancing? No. Do we have to see him dance like this? No. Then, why?

Watch Munna Badnaam Hua here:

All right, what’s done is done. The makers should learn from their mistakes and shouldn’t dare make one more film in this franchise. Let the coming generation be content with the three gems we already have. And if the makers really wish to spend money on a Salman Khan film, one piece of advice: Spend some extra bucks in good writing. Thank us later.

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