Though it’s titled as Dabangg 3, by the trailer we know it’s not just a direct sequel. Though the story carries forward from what the makers left in Dabangg 2, we get to see an important flashback of Chulbul Pandey’s (Salman Khan) life. Before he was in the Police, he was originally named Dhaakad. It was when he fell in love with Khushi (Saiee Manjrekar), he got the title of Chulbul.
We have a bad guy in Bali (Sudeep) who also loves Khushi giving the story a forced love triangle. Cut to the present, ghosts of the past haunt Chulbul and he seeks for revenge from Bali. Getting death-blows including his current family of Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) and a kid, Chulbul plans to execute Bali in his trademarked style. The rest of the story is about how will he be able to do that.
Salman Khan has penned the story which offers nothing new. It’s an amalgamation of many masala films which ends up being nothing but an extended bore. The plot is predictable which breaks the interest despite good action sequences.
Prabhudheva knows this genre at the back of his hand but this time he messes things up. It also may be because of a mediocre story, still the direction lacks the crispness masala movies should have.
Dabangg 1 and a portion of 2 are still remembered for its memorable songs. This time there is zero novelty value to the songs. A ‘Naina’ reboot, Munni turns Munna to Badnaam, a couple of very forgettable songs add no value to the narrative.
Dabangg 3 loses its value amongst the technicalities. From weak dialogues to a chaotic screenplay, the film leaves no space to fit in any good points. The action choreography is good but that to is a victim of lazy slo-mo shots.
Salman Khan looks good in parts but overall he seems exhausted. There are many scenes which display as he’s trying too hard to get the tonality right. Full marks for efforts but everything doesn’t jot down very well. Saiee Manjrekar makes an impressive debut. She gets her character on point which helps her to stay in it. Sonakshi Sinha follows a similar formula as 1 & 2 offering nothing new apart from looking delightfully beautiful.
Overall, Dabangg 3 is nowhere near the first two franchises but has its fair share of thrills. Salman Khan is in his role but that’s not enough to sustain the attention of the audience.