Dabangg (film series)

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Dabangg series
Dabangg series logo.png
Series logo
Directed byAbhinav Kashyap
Arbaaz Khan
(Dabangg 2)
Prabhu Deva
(Dabangg 3)
Produced byArbaaz Khan
Dabangg, Dabangg 2, Dabangg 3
Malaika Arora Khan
Dabangg,Dabangg 2
Dhillin Mehta
Written byDilip Shukla
Dabangg, Dabangg 2, Dabangg 3
Abhinav Pandey
StarringSalman Khan
Sonakshi Sinha
Arbaaz Khan
Mahi Gill
Vinod Khanna
Sonu Sood
Prakash Raj
Dimple Kapadia
Music bySongs:
Dabangg, Dabangg 2
Himesh Reshammiya
Dabangg 3
Lalit Pandit
Background score:
Sandeep Shirodkar
Dabangg, Dabangg 2, Dabangg 3
CinematographyMahesh Limaye
(Dabangg, Dabangg 2)
Aseem Mishra
(Dabangg 2, Dabangg 3)
Edited byPranav V Dhiwar
Hemal Kothari
(Dabangg 2)
Rameshwar S. Bhagat
(Dabangg 3)
Arbaaz Khan Productions
Distributed byArbaaz Khan Productions
Dabangg 2, Dabangg 3
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd
Release date
1: 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)
2: 21 December 2012 (2012-12-21)
3: 20 December 2019 (2019-12-20)
Budget1.02 billion (US$14 million)
(two films)
Box office4.65 billion (US$65 million)
(two films)

Dabangg is a series of Indian action films. The first film was directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan,[1][2][3] and the rest of the films were produced and directed by Arbaaz Khan. The series stars Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey.[4]

It is now the fifth highest grossing Indian film series.[citation needed]


Dabangg (2010)[edit]

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 hospitalised. Makkhi, in desperate need of money for his father's treatment agrees to do anything for Chedi Singh, without realising 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. Chedi Singh and chulbul have a furious fight where they both hurt each other badly . Cheddi Singh defeats chulbul but after learning that cheddi Singh had killed chulbuls mom, he kills cheddi singhHe then defeats Chedi Singh.Chulbul gets Makkhi married to Nirmala in the presence of their father, while Rajo reveals that she is pregnant.

Dabangg 2 (2012)[edit]

The story carries on from the previous film— Inspector Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan)— in charge of a local police station in Kanpur and resides there with his wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and stepfather (Vinod Khanna). A boy gets kidnapped from a school therefore Chulbul deals with the problem. In Kanpur, an assassin murders a witness who is about to testify against a dreaded don. Chulbul tracks the assassin down, killing him at a coffeehouse. The don is Bachcha (Prakash Raj), a struggling politician. After several public altercations, Bachcha's brother Genda (Deepak Dobriyal) convinces him to get rid of Pandey, threatening Chulbul's stepfather to kill his entire family if Chulbul keeps on interfering in Bachcha's criminal activities.

Genda harasses a girl, arriving at her wedding to kidnap her. Chulbul arrives at the wedding and asks Genda to leave. Genda refuses to comply and continues to insult Chulbul. Chulbul breaks his neck, leading to his death. In the meantime his wife becomes pregnant, Pandey being advised by everybody to leave Bachcha alone for the sake of his family's safety. Bachcha, promising to avenge his brother's death, decides to do so before the election. He meets Rajjo and Makkhi whilst they are exiting from a temple where Makkhi is shot by Bachcha and Rajjo is pushed off the temple stairs. However both of them survive with Rajjo having a miscarriage and a head injury.

Chulbul is enraged at the loss of his first child. He enters Bachcha's location and kills all of his men. He tries to arrest Bachcha, but when Bachcha tries to tease him, he kills him instantly by grabbing a gun and shooting him with 2 bullets in the chest. Later, Chulbul and Rajjo have their first child, a baby boy. Right at the end, Chedi Singh's photographer (from the first film, Dabangg) arrives asking for a family photo. They all laugh and the photographer takes the picture.

Production for Dabangg 3[edit]

In 2013, it was reported that Dabangg 3 will be a prequel.[5][6][7][8][9] In 2014, during the promotion of his production Dolly Ki Doli director of the series Arbaaz Khan confirmed that Dabangg 3 will indeed happen and that the pre-production of it will start soon. It has to be an out of the box idea, only then we can think of making it into a film. Dabangg 3 will not about the story carried forward but something very different coming in way.[8][10] In March 2015, Arbaaz Khan said: he may not direct Dabangg 3 due to the pressure of playing three roles (Producer, Actor and Director) in it.[11] In April 2015, Arbaaz Khan said the film may take one or two years to shape up as it is postponed due to Sultan.[12] After much speculation,[13][14] it is confirmed in August 2016, that Sonakshi Sinha will be part of Dabangg 3 and another actress might join her.[15][16] Later in that month it is reported Kajol was offered the role of an antagonist, but she refused to play it, as she told the media that "her role is not that strong like Salman".[17]

As of October 2017, it was reported the writers has been started scripting the film, and it would go on floors by the mid 2018.[18][19][20] In the following month it is confirmed by Arbaaz Khan, that Prabhu Deva would direct the film, and he will look after the creative control.[21] As of March 2018, Deva confirmed that he will direct the film and Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan will be portrait their earlier respective character. Sajid-Wajid will again compose for the film soundtrack. It is also slated to release on 27 May 2020.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
Dabangg 2
Dabangg 3
Inspector Chulbul Pandey Salman Khan
Master Arhan Wilson
Salman Khan
Makhanchan "Makkhi" Pandey Arbaaz Khan
Master Meet Kothari
Arbaaz Khan
Prajapati Pandey Vinod Khanna
Rajjo Pandey Sonakshi Sinha
Nirmala Pandey Mahi Gill
Masterji Tinu Anand Tinu Anand
Chhedi Singh' photographer Shyamlaal Shyamlaal
Naini Devi Dimple Kapadia Mentioned only
Chhedi Singh Sonu Sood Mentioned only
Haria Mahesh Manjrekar Mentioned only
Kasturilal Vishkarma Om Puri
Dayal Babu Anupam Kher
ACP Malik Murli Sharma
Munni Malaika Arora Khan
special appearance).
Thakur Bachcha Singh Prakash Raj
Chunni Nikitin Dheer
Genda Deepak Dobriyal
Inspector Siddique Gireesh Sahedev
Anjali Sandeepa Dhar
Baniya Manoj Joshi
Unnamed special appearances
in item number
Kareena Kapoor Khan
(In "Favicol se")
Sikander Sudeep


Occupation Film
Dabangg 2
Dabangg 3
Director Abhinav Kashyap Arbaaz Khan Prabhu Deva
Producer(s) Arbaaz Khan

Malaika Arora Khan

Arbaaz Khan
Writer(s) Dilip Shukla
Abhinav Pandey
Dilip Shukla
Songs composer(s) Sajid-Wajid, Lalit Pandit
Background score:
Sandeep Shirodkar
Background score:
Sandeep Shirodkar
Director of photography Mahesh Limaye Aseem Mishra
Editor(s) Pranav V Dhiwar Hemal Kothari

Release and revenue[edit]

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue
Dabangg 10 September 2010 410 million (US$5.7 million)[22] 2.2 billion (US$31 million)[23]
Dabangg 2 21 December 2012 790 million (US$11 million)[24] 2.50 billion (US$35 million)[25]
Dabangg 3 20 December 2019 990 million (US$14 million) N/A
Total 2.3 billion (US$32 million)
(three films)
4.7 billion (US$65 million)
(two films)


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.[26]

Dabangg 2 also received several awards.[27][28]


Many other film characters are inspired by the character Chulbul Pandey.[29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][further explanation needed]



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