One of the biggest hits in Bollywood history is getting a sequel this year as Dabangg 2
is set to thrash some cinema screens on December 21st.
The first Dabangg
was a surprise blockbuster that ushered in the modern Bollywood trend of south Indian style masala action films. It was also the film that helped Salman Khan lurch out of his rut as a has-been star of half-assed action films. I suppose a case could be made for the success of 2009's Wanted
being the film that put him back on the A-list, but it was the box office record smashing Dabangg
that really showed that Khan still had major clout.
The first Dabangg
was directed by Anibhav Kashyap, brother of Indian independent flagbearer Anurag Kashyap. I always thought it was a bit amusing how one brother made the biggest grossing Indian film off all time up to that point and the other makes the highest profile anti-Bollywood indies. This time around the reins have been handed to Arbaaz Khan, who co-starred in the original film and finds himself in the director's chair for the first time. It seems like quite a gamble, but at this point, the Dabangg
name has so much positive cache that it is pretty much unthinkable that it would be anything less than a massive hit, regardless of quality.
Salman Khan will bring his unique brand of bravado and stiff legged dancing to the leading role of Chulbul Pandey for the second time and he will be rejoined by his leading lady, Sonakshi Sinha. Sinha certainly knows her way around a masala film after Dabangg
and her role in Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Rathore
earlier this year. I expect her to be as blank a slate as ever, but hopefully she won't get in the way of the action.
No trailer yet, but I'm looking forward to it and the film, even though I wasn't as smitten with Dabangg
as most. Dabangg 2
is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21st.
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