Prabhudeva’s ‘Dabangg 3’ is no different from the previous editions of the franchise. Salman Khan is the same larger-than-life cop who is a doting husband to Rajjo, Sonakshi Sinha during the day and the Hindustani Hulk when it comes to beating the pulp out of goons.
‘Dabangg 3’ is more a prequel than a sequel. The first half of the film is all about Chulbul romancing Khushi, played by debutante Saiee Manjrekar until the villain Bali Singh, played by Kannada star Kiccha Sudeep enters. Bali Singh tries every trick in the book to snatch away Chulbul’s happiness by setting eyes on Saiee and eventually he succeeds at ripping off Bhai’s heart from his chest.
This proves to be a turning point in Chulbul Pandey’s life who decides to join the police force. He decides to turn his life around into the Robin Hood Panday of the city. When Chulbul comes to a truck with Bali once again, he cannot help but channel his rage towards keeping his family safe and secure.
The Prabhudeva film is a treat for Salman Khan fan who waited for over 7 years to see Bhaijaan in the cop uniform. Salman Khan exudes his usual charm with chiselled body well-crafted dialogues and attractive screen presence. Sonakshi Sinha is no different from any of her previous stints as Rajjo.
Saiee Manjrekar seems like the perfect fit of a naive villager who wishes to fulfil her dream of becoming an actor one day. Arbaaz Khan is a great choice to play Makkhi, Chulbul’s Pandey’s brother. The film that is largely about the vastness and glory of Salman Khan leaves bare minimum space for others to shine out. However, Salman Khan leaves no stone unturned in delivering a top-notch performance.
‘Dabangg 3’ stretches for 2 hours and 42 minutes, making it a long-drawn fancy Salman Khan show. The film is packed with all the elements of a family masala entertainer that make it a must-watch for all Bollywood buffs. There’s high octane action sequence, fine acting chops by all the cast, great music and most importantly a storyline that matches the standards set by rest of the films of the ‘Dabangg’ franchise.
If you haven’t already, go watch the 53-year-old Salman Khan give the young star a run for their money.