A corrupt police officer faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.


Abhinav Kashyap (as Abhinav Singh Kashyap)


Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap (as Abhinav Singh Kashyap)
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Credited cast:
Salman Khan ... Inspector Chulbul Pandey
Sonakshi Sinha ... Rajjo
Sonu Sood ... Chedi Singh
Arbaaz Khan ... Makhanchan 'Makkhi' Prajapati Pandey
Vinod Khanna ... Prajapati Pandey
Dimple Kapadia ... Naini P. Pandey
Om Puri ... Inspector Kasturilal Vishkarma
Anupam Kher ... Dayal Babu
Mahie Gill ... Nirmala (as Mahi Gill)
Tinnu Anand ... Ghatyal Master (as Tinu Anand)
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Haria
Murli Sharma ... ACP A.S. Malik
Malaika Arora ... Munni (Dancer) (as Malaika Arora Khan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Feroz Abbasi Feroz Abbasi ... Bholaram
Mahesh Ahuja Mahesh Ahuja ... Jyotishi

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Set in Uttar Pradesh, Chulbul Pandey is a young boy who lives with his mother Naini, stepfather Prajapati, and younger half-brother Makkhi. Chulbul is constantly angry that his step-father is always partial towards his own biological son. 21 years later, Chulbul is a rowdy, mischievous, and sometimes crooked cop, who refers to himself as "Robin Hood." He does everything in his own indomitable way; whether it's dealing with corrupt politician and thug Chedi Singh, fighting a family feud, or romancing stunning Rajo. Written by L. Hamre

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Action | Comedy | Crime


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Om Puri was angry with the makers when his role was cut to a three scene cameo, originally his role was lengthier with more scenes with Salman. See more »


When Chulbul goes to buy a water pitcher from Rajo, he offers her rs.500. In alternative shots, the currency note is furled and unfurled See more »


Munni Badnaam
Sung by Mamta Sharma and Aishwarya Nigam
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The caricature that is actually funny
13 September 2010 | by ankkit-mishraSee all my reviews

If Anurag Kashyap redefined Bollywood standards with his off-beat movies, here is his antithesis in the form of his brother.

Brilliant direction with popular tunes and hold-onto-your-popcorn-fellas dialogs, Dabang is a study in the art of making caricatures. It is unusual, at least with the audience being intelligent now, for an actor to pull off a movie solely on his charisma. Salman Khan is the man, make no mistake about it.

Dabang not only captures the zeitgeist of rural UP with its topical dialogs but renders an otherwise dark aspect of life outrageously funny. Don't expect any high-brow insights here, this is sheer ribaldry. Salmaan, Salmaan and more Salmaan. this is the Wild West of India, where every character has a mouth and can dodge bullets with élan. None of your high heeled sophistication here.

The idea is old, two step-brothers, one favored and the other relentless for love and acceptance. Sonakshi Sinha would have been better off with a more substantial role, though. Music is average, with a couple of songs made in the typical Bollywood Masala style. This is a movie where the hero's shirt doesn't follow the laws of Physics, this is a movie where poor potter has her hair layered and wears more paint then the toys she makes, this is a movie that oozes bollywood in its every frame.

Watch it if you need a break from life, but don't expect anything intellectually stimulating.

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Release Date:

10 September 2010 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Fearless See more »

Filming Locations:

Satara, Maharashtra, India See more »


Box Office


$9,370,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$628,137, 12 September 2010

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Dolby Digital


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