Dabangg – A Movie Watching Experience

I was very skeptical about the meaning of Dabangg until I watched the movie today. “Dabangg” is the word for fearless and bold people who do not go by norms and make their own rules. Believe me, the movie was true to it’s name.

I watched the movie along with my parents at a local cinema hall and it was an incredible experience. I am not going the describe the plot or the line up of events of the film. So the post remains to be a non-spoiler alert. 🙂

Debutant director, Abhinav Singh Kashyap, has made a deliberate attempt at directing an ordinary script in an extraordinary way. The movie is a remarkable amalgamation of strong dialogues and powerful action sequences. The strength in the dialogues is marked by both the strong accent of North-Indian Hindi as well as Salman Khan’s buffoonery style of delivering them. The action sequences are good but they are a bit long and sometimes I felt like they were unnecessary. I cannot but help myself from saying that they were redundant, no matter how genuine they seemed to be. Apart from these, the movie is filled with some nice compositions including an item number, Munni Badnaam Hui.

Watching Dabangg in a cinema Hall was a completely different experience altogether. We were accompanied by a loud, noise-making audience that whistled and danced at every dialogue/song. As soon as the movie started, the local audience started complaining about closing the entry doors in their characteristic way. That was followed by Salman Khan’s entry which was received with a huge response. For some time, we were not even able to hear the words uttered by the actor.  The audience went gaga for every little action that Salman performed on the screen. For every song, the audience cheered up, danced and created a lot of ruckus by throwing coins and currency notes. The energy in the crowd was so high that for a moment I felt as if I was in a rock show and Slash had appeared on the stage.

The fashion sense in my town is highly inspired by the Indian cinema. Everybody in the town today owns a pair of Ray-Ban glasses, just like the ones worn by Sallu. And even the style of keeping them on the backside of the collar has also been copied. I learned about that new style in the interval.

Second half of the movie did not meet my expectations. As the Munni song appears in the second half, the audience went absolutely crazy and started dancing in the balcony. There was a group of 15-20 boys who were dancing as if they were dancing with Munni herself.

Altogether Dabangg was a great watch. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. There is more than one occasion in the film where I’d laughed my heart out. Salman Khan was outstanding in the movie. Sonakshi didn’t have a big role, but she has justified the character that she played. Arbaaz Khan was good, if not better. I was taken aback by looking at the body of Sonu Sood. His role, too, was good and he has carried it very prominently. Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia were okayish. So there we go. A complete masala entertainer with a little heart and some stupid comedy. It’s a must watch movie to all those who have been working hard for quite some time now. The movie will definitely relieve you. I give a 3.5 stars for the movie and believe me out of those 3.5, 3.499 are for Salman only. 🙂

Apocalypoto

A first look at the movie made me feel that this is some insane movie about some arbit tribe in some unknown jungles of Africa. Why did the director even think of making such a movie? But as time progressed, my opinion started changing. And it changed so drastically that as the end of the movie approached, I felt goosebumps all over my body. I felt so happy to see the villain die, to see the protagonist survive. And believe me whenever someone feels like that, it means that the movie has left a great impact on the viewer’s mind. (You can think of Matrix as an example). “Truly genuine master-piece” is the phrase I can associate to the movie.

I agree that the movie has a lot of blood-shed and violence, but I would rather say it was not meant for the weak-hearted audience in the first place. The language of the tribe was the least important thing in the movie and yet the meaning was conveyed successfully. I am already a huge fan of Mel Gibsons’ acting, and now his direction has made a deeper impact on my thoughts.

 

A few dialogues that I liked the most in the movie are:

Those people in the forest, what did you see on them? Fear. Deep rotting fear. They were infected by it. Did you see? Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I did not raise you to see you live with fear. Strike it from your heart.  Do not bring it into our village.

And a small story told by the eldest of the village:

And a  Man sat alone.  Drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said “We do not like to see you sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”

The Man said, “I want to have good sight.”

The Vulture said, “You shall have mine.”

The Man said, “I want to be strong.”

The Jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.”

Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.”

The Serpent said, “I’ll show them to you.”

And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts they could give, he left.

Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the man knows much and is able to do many things. Suddenly I’m afraid. ”

The deer said “The Man has all that he needs, now his sadnes will stop.”

But the owl replied “No. I saw a hole in the Man. Deep like a hunger he will never fill. Its what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking until one day the world will say: I am no more and I have nothing left to give.

How true! There can’t be a story better than this to describe a man’s greed.