Salman Khan is back playing his much-loved cop character in Dabangg 3. Salman plays his chivalrous, generous and larger than life character with grace and subtlety but this masala entertainer is more about tracing the origins of Chulbul Pandey.

Plot: Dabangg 3 gives a peep into Chulbul’s youth and his first love which turns into a tragic story. As the film begins, we get insights into Salman‘s life as an idealist youth who bats for women empowerment and fights against all social evils relentlessly. But, his attempts to rescue a group of girls from sex trafficking finally forces him to come to face with the dreaded Bali Singh (played by South actor Sudeep with perfection). A clash becomes unavoidable as Bali sets his eyes on Chulbul’s lover, Khushi (Saiee Manjrekar), thus making Chulbul vulnerable. The plot revolves around this classic good versus evil fight, and is unfortunately quite predictable towards the end. 

The soul of this masala potboiler is this clash between the duo. As the evil and blood-thirsty villain, Sudeep nails the character and he shares a good amount of screen space along with Salman.  Songs bring some relief to the plot, but a stretched storyline, and a running time of 2 hours 42 minutes will bore the audience to death. This movie just focuses on Salman’s charisma and style and forgets to gel all other ingredients which are essential for any Bollywood movie. Sonakshi did a good job as Rajjo, but she didn’t receive enough screen space and her character has been reduced.

Our verdict: For ardent Salman Khan fans, this masala potboiler may give instant gratification, but it may disappoint serious movie-buffs and average moviegoers.

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