Chulbul Pandey has always been neglected by his stepfather Prajapathi Pandey(Vinod Khanna). Prajapathi dotes on his son Makhanchan. Naini(Dimple Kapadia), Chulbul’s and Makhanchan’s mother, justifies Prajapathi’s actions. Makhanchan is not so bright and hence Prajapathi is concerned about him. Years later, Chulbul(Salman Khan) becomes a cop while Makhanchan(Arbaaz Khan) assists his dad in running their factory.
Chulbul is an unconventional cop. He raids the robbers, recovers the money, keeps a major portion with him and shares the rest with fellow cops. During such a raid, he bashes up the henchmen of Cheddi Singh(Sonu Sood), who is the leader of the youth wing of a major political party of the ruling home minister(Anupam Kher). Chulbul and Cheddi cross swords.
Chulbul meets Rajo(Sonakshi Sinha) while chasing goons. He is smitten by her and follows her everywhere with an intention of marrying her. Meanwhile Makanchan loves Nirmala(Mahie Gill). But, her father(Tinnu Anand) disagrees their union as Prajapathi wants dowry. How Chulbul comes to terms with his stepfather and also vanquishes Cheddi forms the rest of the story.
Abhinav Singh Kashyap debuts as a director with this film based on a script co-written by him. Although the intention is to deliver a masala entertainer with a new age look and feel, the director fails to do so; but not because he is not competent. The primary reason is miscasting and the secondary reason the script. The script is interesting at places. But overall, the viewer’s interest waxes and wanes. After Chulbul meets Rajo, there are songs in quick succession which stalls the story. During the second half, the drama picks up. There are ample scenes to showcase Chulbul whereas the villain is neglected. Because of the above flaws, Anubhav’s strong points of the movie do not get the right attention. The strong points are the background score by Sandeep Shirodkar and fights by Vijayan. Sandeep Shirodkar’s music is reminiscent of Desperado. It suits the rustic locations and the macho characters. The initial actions scenes in the movie is what can be seen in Tamil or Telugu movies. But the final action between Chulbul and Cheddi is good. Both of them are hitting each other hard and quickly. Then, they go shirtless.
Salman Khan botches Chulbul Pandey. He is good in action scenes. But on the flip side, he is not able to successfully portray the dual faced Chulbul effectively. He mumbles the dialogues taking all the fun out of the one liners. Arbaaz Khan fails miserably as Makhanchan. Makhanchan is naive and can easily fall prey to schemers. But, Arbaaz’s Makhanchan is not naive but wooden. Sonakshi Sinha debuts as an actress and she has nothing to feel proud in this movie. Sonu Sood’s Cheddi Singh would have turned out to be a better villain if more screen time was devoted for him. All the other supporting cast are wasted.
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