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|Directed by||Abhinav Kashyap|
|Produced by||Arbaaz Khan
Malaika Arora Khan
|Written by||Dilip Shukla
|Edited by||Pranav V Dhiwar|
|Distributed by||Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd|
|Budget||420 million (US$6.6 million)|
|Box office||2.15 billion (US$34 million)|
Dabangg (English: Fearless) is a 2010 Indian Hindi action masala film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under the Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actor is Arbaaz's elder brother Salman Khan. It features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Om Puri, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahie Gill in supporting roles while Sonu Sood plays the main antagonist. The film marks the debut of Sonakshi as an actress, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. Malaika Arora Khan appears in the item number "Munni Badnaam Hui". The story is set in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around a cop named Chulbul Pandey. Made with a budget of 300 million and marketed at 120 million, the film was shot primarily in the town of Wai in Maharashtra, while other major scenes were shot in the United Arab Emirates. Dabangg set records for hype and awareness among the audience before release.
The film was released on Eid, 10 September 2010 in nearly 1800 screens worldwide. It opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film set another box office record, grossing 808.7 million in its first week, thus becoming the highest opening week grossing Bollywood film, breaking the previous record of 3 Idiots. Dabangg went on to gross 2.15 billion worldwide and Box Office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the fourth highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It was later remade in Tamil and Telugu. It is the first installment of Dabangg film series. It's sequel was released on 21 December 2012.
Chulbul Pandey, a young boy, lives with his younger half-brother, Makhanchan "Makkhi" Pandey, stepfather Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna) and mother, Naina Devi (Dimple Kapadia) in Laalgunj, Uttar Pradesh. His stepfather is always partial towards Makkhi which constantly angers Chulbul. He harbours a feeling of resentment and indifference towards his stepfather.
21 years later, a scene shows a gang of robbers trying to steal money from a bank, when Chulbul (Salman Khan), now a cop, tries to recover the money by beating up the robbers. It becomes clear later that he keeps the money for himself. Chulbul, who calls himself "Robin Hood" Pandey, lives with his family and does not have a good relationship with his stepfather and Makkhi. Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) is in love with a girl called Nirmala (Mahi Gill), whose father Masterji (Tinu Anand) opposes the relationship. Chulbul falls in love with a girl named Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), whom he chances upon during a police encounter.
An evil political leader by the name of Chhedi Singh (Sonu Sood) meets Chulbul and tells him that the people he beat up and stole the money from are party workers and that they were getting money for the party. But he offers to forgive Chulbul on the condition that Chulbul start working for him. Chulbul flatly refuses.
Makkhi asks his father to arrange his marriage with Nirmala. His father refuses saying that he needs money to repay the loans he took to make his factory, so he needs his son to marry a rich girl. Makkhi, in desperate need of money, steals it from Chulbul's cupboard and is caught red-handed by his mother. He tells her that he intends to give the money to Nirmala's father, who in turn will return the money after marriage through dowry. Although his mother refuses, he reluctantly takes the money and gives it to Nirmala's father.
Meanwhile, Chulbul meets Rajo and proposes marriage. She rejects it saying that she has to look after her father, Haria (Mahesh Manjrekar), who is always drunk and she cannot marry while he is alive. Chulbul then comes home to find his mother dead. He goes to his stepfather to make peace, as he is the only family left. His stepfather rejects and despises him as an outcast. Chulbul is then attacked at the railway station by Chedi's men, when he is with Rajo and her father; he beats up all of them in a fight. He sees Makkhi buying new clothes at the market. On approaching him, Makkhi says that he is getting married to Nirmala and invites Chulbul to the marriage. Chulbul tries to convince Rajo's father to give his daughter's hand in marriage to him and to stop drinking. Rajo's father accepts and, after Chulbul leaves, he plunges into a lake and commits suicide, as he knows that his daughter will not marry anyone while he is alive. Chulbul takes Rajo to Makkhi's exuberant wedding. Realizing that Makkhi has stolen his brother's money to finance the wedding,Chulbul marries Rajo in an informal ceremony. Nirmala's father, Masterji, feels disgraced and cancels the wedding.
Makkhi beats up one of the workers in his factory due to an accident. The workers go to the police station with his mother to file a complaint. Instead Chulbul beats up Makkhi in public, thus disgracing him. Chedi Singh decides to take advantage of the situation and suspend Chulbul. He takes Makkhi and his father to the police station. But Makkhi's father resolves the situation by accepting an apology from Chulbul. Chulbul meets Dayal Babu (Anupam Kher), the leader of Lok Manch, who also dislikes Chedi Singh. They come to an agreement to keep Chedi Singh in control. Chulbul adulterates the breweries of Chedi Singh due to which some people fall ill and Chedi Singh is blamed. Chedi Singh is confronted by Chulbul who openly reveals that he spoiled the breweries.
To take revenge, Chedi Singh burns Makkhi's factory. Makkhi's father has a heart attack due to shock and is hospitalized. Makkhi, in desperate need of money for his father's treatment agrees to do anything for Chedi Singh, without realizing that it was Chedi Singh who burnt his factory. Chedi Singh orders him to deliver a crate of mangoes to Dayal Babu's house. But, unknown to Makkhi, there is a bomb in it. After he leaves the house, it explodes, killing Dayal Babu. Chedi Singh gives Makkhi a task to kill Chulbul. Makkhi, knowing that he would not do it, accepts it and meets Chulbul. He confesses to Chulbul that he was sent to kill him by Chedi Singh. He reveals to Chulbul that Chedi Singh made him plant the bomb unknowingly. Chulbul forgives him and reconciles with his stepfather. Makkhi meets Chedi Singh, who thinks that Makkhi killed Chulbul and reveals to Makkhi that he had killed Makkhi's mother. Chedi Singh is then informed that Chulbul is arriving with a huge police force. Makkhi reveals to Chedi Singh that he did not kill Chulbul. In a final battle, Chulbul arrives and takes down all the goons and rescues Makkhi. He then defeats Chedi Singh in a fight and suffocates him to death after Makkhi reveals to him that Chedi Singh killed their mother. In a happy ending, Chulbul gets Makkhi married to Nirmala in the presence of their father, while Rajo reveals that she is pregnant.
- Salman Khan as Chulbul "Robin Hood" Pandey
- Sonakshi Sinha as Rajjo Pandey
- Arbaaz Khan as Makhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey
- Vinod Khanna as Prajapati Pandey, Chulbul's step-father
- Dimple Kapadia as Naini Devi, Chulbul's mother
- Sonu Sood as Chhedi Singh
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Haria, Rajjo's father
- Om Puri as Kasturilal Vishkarma, Chedi Singh's to be father-in-law
- Anupam Kher as Dayal Babu
- Mahi Gill as Nirmala
- Tinu Anand as Masterji, Nirmala's father
- Malaika Arora Khan as Munni in the item number "Munni Badnaam Hui"
- Murli Sharma as ACP Malik
- Amitosh Nagpal as Rajjo's brother
Salman Khan grew a moustache after consulting with his brother and prepared his hair to suit his role. For the former, he had to try out nearly fifty styles in a span of four months before commencement of the filming. Photo-shoots were held in order to finalize his look. Abhinav Kashyap, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, revealed that initially he had considered a few others for the role of Chulbul Pandey but eventually changed his mind and roped in Salman. The film's antagonist, Sonu Sood, was reported to have claimed that he had been offered the role initially. Abhinav had seen Arbaaz in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, doing a cameo and approached him to be a part of the project. After reading it, he had instantly accepted to produce and star in it. Sonu Sood was selected for playing the lead antagonist. He revealed that his character was that of a "youth leader with grey shades." Mahesh Manjrekar was later roped in to play the heroine's father, even though he had plans to quit acting.
In April 2009, Sonakshi Sinha signed for her debut role. Salman had seen her at a function engaging in dancing and offered her the role. Speaking about it, she said that she had lost a weight of 30 kg over two years in order to prepare for her character of a village girl by "a combination of proper diet and vigorous exercise". She added that she had been "observing people and trying to pick up nuances" as a step of further preparation. Malaika Arora, who had performed a few item numbers in her career, most notably in Dil Se.., was confirmed to do the same in the film. This was the first of its kind in her home production.
Dabangg's shooting took place primarily in Wai and the United Arab Emirates. The shooting commenced in September 2009. Production designer Wasiq Khan drew over 100 sketches detailing out every set in the film. The cinematography was performed by Mahesh Limaye. The first schedule began in the town of Wai and continued 45 days, during which Sonu Sood, the main antagonist fractured his nose. A schedule, primarily involving a song shoot, was captured in the Khalid Bin Al Waheed station in Dubai, thus making Dabangg the first film to be shot there. Some scenes were also canned at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The film, involving around five action sequences, was choreographed by S. Vijayan, who previously served as the stunt director of Wanted, and shot over 60 days. Later, special effects were incorporated into those scenes. In one of the scenes, the antagonist was required to be tanned too "look realistic." The songs were choreographed by Raju Khan and Shabina Khan, while Farah Khan choreographed the item number, "Munni Badnaam". The shooting was completed in early June 2010, and the film went into post-production. A party was held to commemorate the completion of the shooting and the success of the theatrical promo. It was attended by the main cast and crew.
Dabangg's theatrical trailer, running for about two and a half minutes was released on 23 July 2010, alongside Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha. Dabangg was described as one of the most anticipated films of the year by the Indian Express. It was reported to have broken pre-release records for hype by Cinematix, a filming awareness product originated by Ormax Media. A special screening of the film took place at Film City on 6 September 2010. The premiere of Dabangg was held in Mumbai on 9 September 2010.
The original Hindi film Dabangg, directed by Abhinav Singh Kashyap, was remade in several languages and still found success in the respective regional cinemas. The film was remade in Tamil as Osthi in 2011 which was also directed by S. Dharani. Malaika Arora appears both in Hindi and Telugu versions while Sonu Sood reprises his original role in Tamil.
|Soundtrack album by Sajid-Wajid|
|Released||6 August 2010|
The soundtrack album was composed by the music director duo of Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit of the famed duo Jatin-Lalit while the lyrics were penned by Faiz Anwar, Lalit Pandit and Jalees Sherwani. Lalit Pandit did the song titled "Munni Badnaam Hui". The music was launched on 6 August 2010 in Delhi. The album contains five original songs, four remixes and one theme song. The audio rights of Dabangg were sold for about 9 crore (US$1.4 million). In August 2010, the track "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain", as performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, reached No. 1 on the Official Asian Download Chart in the UK based on legal downloads in that country. The Music Rights of the film was sold for 9 crore (US$1.4 million) to T~Series.
The track "Munni Badnaam Hui" is said to be inspired by an old Bhojpuri folk song "Launda Badnaam Hua Naseeban Tere Liye". Director Abhinav Kashyap accepted using the folk song saying that he, being from Uttar Pradesh, was familiar with the song since childhood so he suggested the very song to be improvised and rephrased to fit the film's requirement. Some people have alleged that it is inspired from the Pakistani song "Ladka Badnaam Hua" from the film Mr. Charlie (1992).
|1.||"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain"||Faiz Anwar||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||5:59|
|2.||"Munni Badnaam Hui"||Lalit Pandit||Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya Nigam, Master Saleem||5:07|
|3.||"Chori Kiya Re Jiya"||Jalees Sherwani||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||4:48|
|4.||"Hud Hud Dabangg"||Jalees Sherwani||Sukhwinder Singh, Wajid||4:13|
|5.||"Humka Peeni Hai"||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid, Master Saleem, Shabab Sabri||5:15|
|6.||"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain – Part 2"||Faiz Anwar||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal||5:59|
|7.||"Munni Badnaam Hui – Remix"||Lalit Pandit||Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya Nigam||4:05|
|8.||"Tere Mast Mast Do Nain – Remix"||Faiz Anwar||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||5:02|
|9.||"Humka Peeni Hai – Remix"||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid, Master Saleem, Shabab Sabri||4:27|
|10.||"Dabangg – Theme"||Salman Khan||2:48|
Upon release, the soundtrack received generally positive reviews from music critics. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama rated the album 3/5 and said, "Dabangg delivers what it promised. One expected a masala soundtrack and this is what one gets with a couple of item song sequences, a couple of theme tracks and two love songs which are actually the highlight of the film. A soundtrack that has something in store for mass as well as class." Atta Khan of Planet Bollywood gave it 6/10 saying, "Sajid and Wajid’s brand of music appeals to the mass audience because it’s simple, catchy, easy on the ears and fun. Dabangg further showcases their ability to connect with the mass audience". Devesh Sharma of Filmfare also gave the album a rating of 3/5 and said, "Overall, the soundtrack scores high on energy quotient. But its time Sajid-Wajid gave some thought to melody too".
The music of Dabangg performed well on the charts after its release. The songs "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" and "Munni Badnaam" became chart busters and entered the list of top 20 most frequently played songs on radio in India. As of 10 September 2010, "Munni Badnaam Hui" was ranked first on the list, while "Tere Mast Mast Do Nain" was ranked second.
Dabangg released worldwide on 10 September 2010. It opened up across 1,800 screens in India and around 300 screens overseas.Dabangg was released in 2300 theaters worldwide. It was also screened in Norway at an international film festival. The film's DVDs and VCDs were launched by the Reliance Big Home Video on 12 October 2010. It was released on YouTube on 28 January 2011 for free viewing to audiences in India. The satellite rights were pre-sold for a nominal 10 crore (US$1.6 million) to Colors. Later on, Renewed by Star Plus for 10 crore (US$1.6 million).
A sequel titled Dabangg 2 was released on 21 December 2012. The sequel also features Sonakshi Sinha and Salman Khan in the lead roles. The film was remade in Tamil as Osthe by S. Dharani with Silambarasan playing the lead role. It was also remade in Telugu as Gabbar Singh, starring Pawan Kalyan.
The film generally received positive reviews from critics, most of whom praised the performance of Salman Khan. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars in his review and concluded, "On the whole, Dabangg is a full on entertainer with three aces – Salman Khan like never before, stylish action and super music. Sure to fetch an earth-shattering opening, the film will create a pandemonium at the box-office, cementing the status of Salman Khan as the darling of the masses and making the distributors laugh all the way to the bank. It has Blockbuster written all over it!" Komal Nahta of Koimoi gave it a rating of 4/5 and stated, "Dabangg may be a routine subject but its other plus points will ensure that it proves a big hit from North to South and East to West. It will be loved by the masses and classes, the young and the old, the girls and the boys, the men and the women. Business in single-screen cinemas will be historic, of course, but collections in multiplexes will also be outstanding." Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis rated it 4/5, remarking, "In spite of the film's 'dated' appeal, first-timer Kashyap gives Dabangg a novel treatment, which lends it zing. He plays to the gallery brazenly, but ensures the film is held together by a strong premise – that of a dysfunctional family that comes together in crisis. Dabangg is slightly mad, and terribly entertaining."
Mathures Paul of The Statesman gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and commented, "Dabangg aligns itself with viewers frustrated by the nonexistence of uncomplicated heroism on screen." Abhishek Mande of Rediff gave the film 3 out of 5 stars while stating, "Dabangg is not a movie for non-Salman fans. But for those who worship him it's a film you simply cannot afford to miss." Anupama Chopra of NDTV rated it 3/5 stating, "It's the role of a lifetime and Salman Khan bites into it like a starving man devours a feast. He inhabits it fully, strutting and swaggering and even, spoofing himself." Sukanya Venkatgarhavan of Filmfare rated it 3/5 stating, "Dabangg rides totally on Salman Khan's magic. Had director Abhinav Kashyap cast a less popular actor, it’s doubtful the film would have the chutzpah that Khan has lent to it." Gaurav Malani of Indiatimes Movies rated the movie 3/5, saying that "As much as the film doesn’t care a damn for coming up with any innovative storyline. Like the intrepid Chulbul Pandey who tries to intermittently hide his soggy eyes behind his sunglasses, the film tries to camouflage its deficiency of substance with an abundance of Salman’s splendid style....Try to find a novel storyline and there is none in Dabangg. Try to find Salman Khan and there is nothing else." The film received a few mixed reviews from other critics. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated the movie 2.5/5, arguing that "Dabangg is ordinary, at best average... Blame it on the disjointed screenplay if Dabangg works not so much as a coherent, consistent film, but as a string of set-pieces. As a result it feels way longer than its two-hours-and-five-minutes running time, and the climatic action scene that takes place outside the villain's den seems never-ending." Shobhaa De of the Bangalore Times was critical concluding, "Let’s hand it to Salman who has pulled off the stunts and pelvic thrusts. Nothing new there. But it is the naughty self-parodying, which is so camp, so out there, which delivers the biggest punch. What’s left for this guy now – all he needs is a cape. And he can call himself Superman."
Dabangg was the subject of several controversies. One of the film's songs, "Munni Badnaam Hui", included a brand name, 'Zandu Balm', in its lyrics, much to the displeasure of Emami, the makers of Zandu Balm. A trademark case was settled by the producers and Emami out of court and Malaika Arora Khan was later roped in to for an official ad campaign promoting Zandu Balm. Activist Rajkumar Tak filed a case in the Bombay High Court, demanding that the word "Hindustan" be deleted from the song and claiming that the censor board had not responded to his queries in regard to the "defaming" lyrics. He found them "highly objectionable" and "unpardonable" and labelled the song a "mockery" for the country, as a girl was "indecently" dancing in the presence of corrupted officers, which, according to him, threw bad light on the nation and "hurt the patriotic sentiments of every Indian".
Before release, critic and writer Shobhaa De called for a boycott of Dabangg, due to Salman Khan's comments on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. She criticised it as "arrogance, ignorance and plain stupidity." This sparked off a fight with the producers via Twitter, later continued after her negative review of the film. Another controversy occurred when Anurag Kashyap, brother of Abhinav Kashyap, tweeted that "Salman khan thinks he made my brother's life.. Hope he can do the same for his brother Arbaaz with Dabangg 2." This was taken as "slamming" Salman and resulted in Arbaaz retorting back by referring to the comment as "attitude" instead of "gratitude". However, Anurag later apologised for his remarks, which Arbaaz accepted.
In India, the film had a strong opening with occupancy ranging between 80–100% in multiplexes and nearly 100% in single screens. Box Office India described the opening as "earth shattering" saying, "despite bad weather in the North, the response was simply mindboggling." Dabangg went on to break the record opening day collection of 3 Idiots netting 145 million (US$2.3 million) on its first day of business, thus becoming the highest opener of all time across India. It netted 165 million (US$2.6 million) on the second day of release, again breaking the all time second-day collection record set by 3 Idiots. The film continued its record breaking run at the box office, netting 185 million (US$2.9 million) on the third day of release, bringing the total nett collections to 495 million (US$7.8 million) at the end of its first weekend, the highest ever first weekend collections, overtaking the 380 million (US$6.0 million) net record of 3 Idiots. The film netted 106 million (US$1.7 million) on Monday, 86 million (US$1.4 million) crore on Tuesday, 70 million (US$1.1 million) on Wednesday, and 60 million (US$940,000) on Thursday taking the total net collections to around 815 million (US$13 million) in its first week of release. It subsequently became the highest opening week net grosser, again surpassing the record of 3 Idiots. The first week distributors share of the film amounted to 501.5 million (US$7.9 million).
It continued its successful run at the box office during the second week of its release. Dabangg netted 62 million (US$970,000) on the second Friday, 75 million (US$1.2 million) on Saturday and 105 million (US$1.6 million) on Sunday, for a 238 million (US$3.7 million) second weekend, a drop of around 50% from the opening weekend. The film netted 360 million (US$5.7 million) in the second week, the second highest second week collections ever after 3 Idiots, taking the total net collections to 1.16 billion (US$18 million) in just two weeks. The film thus surpassed the lifetime record collections of the 2008 Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini and became the second highest grossing film of all time in just two weeks. The distributor share of Dabangg was declared to be 770 million (US$12 million) — the second highest ever in Bollywood after Three Idiots, which made 990 million (US$16 million).
Dabangg collected 160 million (US$2.5 million) during the third week and 60 million (US$940,000) in its fourth week, taking the domestic net collections to 1.4 billion (US$22 million). The domestic net collections in eleven weeks was 1401 million (US$22 million). It eventually progressed to 1.41 billion (US$22 million).
The film opened to a positive response in the overseas markets as well. Dabangg final overseas collections were US$6.10 million. It grossed a total of US$4.20 million in the international markets at the end of its second weekend, being declared as a hit overseas by Box office India.
In the United States, Dabangg opened at No. 23, collecting US$628,137 from 62 screens in its opening weekend and $1,068,589 at the end of its second weekend. In the United Arab Emirates, it collected 3.2 million Dirhams in the opening weekend, and $1,550,000 at the end of the second weekend. Dabangg fetched up a $5.50 million total, making it the fifth biggest grosser ever in UAE with a $2 million gross. In the United Kingdom, it opened at No. 12 collecting £332,673 from 41 screens in its opening weekend and £570,566 by the end of its second weekend. In Australia, the film collected A$126,000 from 14 screens in the opening weekend and A$272,909 at the end of its second weekend. In Mauritius and South Africa, it collected US$25,000 each in its opening weekend. In Fiji, the film collected US$20,000 the opening weekend. In other territories of Europe and Africa, the film collected $100,000 in its opening weekend.
Awards and nominations
Dabangg received accolades in major film award functions in India. Among them, it won a National Film Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It was given six awards at the 56th Filmfare Awards, including one for Best Film, seven Screen Awards, nine Zee Cine Awards and ten IIFA Awards.
After the release of Dabangg, producer Arbaaz Khan announced that he is currently planning a sequel to Dabangg. Soon after the blockbuster collections of the film, Khan reported "Dabangg 2 may take time to hit the floors, but it is definitely on the cards." He also announced that the main leads, Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha were already cast to reprise their parts in the sequel. Her main look was also taken from the first and consisted of a yellow saree, a long plait with flowers in her hair. When director Abhinav Kashyap opted out of directing the sequel, Arbaaz Khan himself jumped in as the film's director. Prakash Raj was confirmed to have been chosen to play the main villain. Kareena Kapoor has been roped in to play an item number in the film,  despite initial reports considering Katrina Kaif for the role.
Reportedly, distribution rights were sold to UTV Motion Pictures for a price of 1.40 billion, the highest for a Bollywood film till date. But later UTV Motion Pictures reported it completely fake & nonsense news. UTV Motion Pictures has brushed aside rumours of purchasing the rights of the sequel to Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer, Dabangg 2 for 1.40 billion.
Upon its release, the film opened strongly upon release and went on to break the three-day record set by Ek Tha Tiger by netting around 583 million (US$9.2 million) in India. Dabangg 2 has become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India. Box Office India declared the film as a "Blockbuster" in India after its first week run.
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- Dabangg at Rotten Tomatoes
- Dabangg at Bollywood Hungama
- Dabangg's channel on YouTube
- Official Dabangg2 App