New Delhi, Sep 6 (IANS) He has donned the garb of an honest police officer in Hindi films like "Garv" and "Wanted". Now Salman Khan once again endorses the khaki uniform to entertain his fans, but this time as a corrupt one in "Dabangg", releasing Friday.
Too many firsts are attached with the movie, set in the dusty, rugged, rural milieu of Uttar Pradesh. This Abhinav Kashyap directorial debut presents Bollwyood's heartthrob in a completely desi avatar. In fact the director has chosen his character's name as Chulbul Pandey - quite common in the hinterland.
The film happens to be Salman's younger brother Arbaaz Khan's first production venture and it is also the launch vehicle of Sonakshi Sinha, 22, the daughter of veteran actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha. She plays the love interest of Salman, who is double her age, in the action drama.
"I took the movie in an attempt to prove it to myself and earn credibility for myself," said Arbaaz.
Set in Lalganj, Uttar Pradesh, "Dabangg" tells the story of Chulbul Pandey (Salman), a totally fearless but corrupt police officer with unorthodox working methods, and this is so because of his turbulent childhood. Chulbul's father passed away when he was very young after which his mother, Naini (Dimple Kapadia) married Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna). They have a son, Makhanchand (Arbaaz).
Prajapati favours Makhanchand, which does not go down well with Chulbul. He decides to take control of his destiny. The only person he could connect with in the family was his mother, but after her demise and an unsuccessful attempt to mend wounds, Chulbul snaps all ties with his stepfather and half-brother.
However, his life takes a turn when Rajo (Sonakshi) enters his world. Chulbul starts to see life more positively and also gets sensitized to the values of a family. But his detractors, especially Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood) has his own vested interests and tries to pit one brother against the other.
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