9/12/10

CHULBULIFICATION FELLAS!!



Well, Salman Khan ha? A spoilt superstar laden with a fake anglicized Bandra English accent, son of one of the most fantastic Bollywood screenwriters Salim Khan, in the headlines sometimes for his unheard and extravagant and mad acts of kindness and philanthropy (Being Human) and sometimes for criminal acts ranging from ramming cars and killing people and sometimes killing rare wildlife species...and passing irresponsible, ignorant and pointless comments on the 26/11 tragedy…also known for his pathetic choice of signing films, with a filmography that is half filled with nonsensical entertainers (or not), in which whatever character he plays, he is essentially the Sallu Bhai that he always is…will sport that bracelet of his irrespective of who he is playing…will throw tantrums on sets…also known for his forties' singlehood and crazy, possessive lover image…known for picking fights with other superstars(SRK) and stars(John) and not so much stars (Vivek) which transforms mostly to enmity…and also known as a true friend and godfather (Blame him for Himesh Reshammiya :P)...well the list seems to be endless apparently…But in spite of all these highs and lows, none can deny that he is a SUPERSTAR and he is not only followed by millions, but loved too…


And this love is what reflects in the box office successes of his films that are truly entertainers- Wanted was one such apparently… with Dabangg he goes a step ahead we think…
Dabangg brings out Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey. Credit goes to the makers of this film because while they preserved the “Sallu Bhai” effect with the madcap humor and bizarre style which are his signature, they also added a new dimension to him, a thing very rarely done on him. He sports a moustache and speaks in a Hindi heartland accent and yet maintains his usual style and essence. THAT is one of the major reasons why hundreds are standing in long queues to get tickets and half of them are going back disappointed seeing the HOUSEFULL board…
Chulbul Pandey likes to call himself Robin Hood Pandey; a Samastipur (Uttar Pradesh, India) cop who fights villains and pockets their black money with pride. Robin Hood, the highly famous character from English folklore pockets money from the rich and distributes amongst the poor. Dabangg makes a failed attempt at showing that attribute in Chulbul (he just pockets, doesn’t really redistribute). In fact the whole script of the film is rather pointless and does not seem to go anywhere, but what the director Abhinav Kashyap has achieved successfully in doing is creating a flow. The audience takes a dip in the pool of the film and flows till the end, laughing throughout and not bothering much about the whole scheme of things…that, though not usually a positive aspect in cinema is certainly a thing we can credit the maker for in this case…
Chulbul does not mind blasting his villains like crazy and gorily but well, he obliges the audience by dancing in between when he hears one of the villains’ cell phone ring an item number from his previous hit film! Surreal! He is an outlaw and it is not entirely clear what he is actually against or what is he actually for…He is a vigilante without an apparent purpose, a Robin Hood without a real motivation, but who really cares, he fights, he romances, he kills, he dances and he has a sense of humor.
Dabangg essentially belongs to that category of Bollywood films which were essentially glorified by the likes of Mithun, Rajnikanth and also Amitabh Bachchan in his early days- It is more of a B-script soul trapped in the body of an A-grade production…It somehow though effectively reflects the potential of making Indian bad land mafia war films in a surreally entertaining way which is much different from the likes of earlier profound attempts like Omkara and Ishqiya.
Hard to say if Chulbul Pandey is the hero or the villain, but yeah you know he would win in the end and the whole bizarreness lands you to the climax with him confronting the bad guy Sonu Sood. When Chulbul is told that Sood’s villain is responsible for the death of his mother, his anger and probably the maa ka aashirwaad(if you may!), makes his muscles grow to an extent which tears off his shirt and exposes his clean shaven iron body and the villain bashing that follows is in a red filter...So surreal, so surreal, that you can’t help ROFL and call this true superstar as SURREALMAN KHAN!

12 comments:

  1. nice one soaham .. you very aptly criticised n praised the movie both :P its true that though the movie apparently has no such serious storyline and that the character of chulbul has not been so clear as to whether he's a good guy or not :P but still , undoubtedly, the movie was a great entertainer :) salman yo :D

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  2. @smriti: thank you! yeah being both hot and cold WAS the intention...glad you liked

    @monu: thanks man!

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  3. your piece has jst whetted my appetite for the movie.now i know exactly what to expect!

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  4. dude i really want to watch it myself nw... and u r coming wid me :-)

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  5. @shuyaasha: much thanks!

    @sumit: sure man, will join in. i am game for a second time!

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  6. hmmm...rightly said...!!! gr8 work...!! :) but salman isd man.....started lvin him aftr tis 1...!!

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  7. @henna: Thank you henna ; keep coming to Q4C

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  8. I was the first one to comment..it's so dad !!!!!!
    anyway..that doesnt lessen the worth of the post..am really looking forward to hit the theatres ASAP after reading this post..relaly entertaining..!
    nice work !

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  9. @Arundhati: Thank you AC! Glad to hear that and hope you keep coming to our blog:)

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  10. hey tho im yet to catch up d muvi nor am i a crazy fan of salman, i must saw u hv beautifully put it up....n its lyk d best review i hv ever cum across wid.. :)

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  11. @monali: best review ever? totally flattered. thank yo so much!

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