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Dabangg – A Franchise Spanning A Decade

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With Salman Khan successfully delivering a box office hit with Dabangg, the film went on to become a franchise with Dabangg 2 and the newly released Dabangg 3.  The films rode on the back of Salman Khan, who essays the role of a police officer named Chulbul Pandey.  As Dabangg 3 released today, let us have a look at how the franchise spawned and is still ruling after a decade.

Dabangg (2010)

Dabangg was Arbaaz Khan’s first foray as a producer under Arbaaz Khan Productions.  Sonakshi Sinha also marked her debut in Bollywood with Dabangg.  This movie was released on September 10th, 2010.  Salman Khan played the lead role of a corrupt and fearless police officer named Chulbul Pandey, while Sonu Sood played the role of the antagonist.  

The film portrayed how Chulbul Pandey explores his relationship with his stepfather and stepbrother while pursuing his duties as a police officer.  This film became a huge hit, thanks to many things going right for it. Salman Khan was spot on in portraying the fearless police officer, while Sonakshi Sinha was spot on as Rajjo, Salman Khan’s love interest and later, his wife, in the film.  The dialogue “Thhappad se darr nahi lagta saahab, pyaar se lagta hai” by Rajjo is still fresh in the minds of the audience as are the songs Hud Hud Dabangg and Munni Badnaam Hui.  

The film went on to win the Best Film award at the 56th Filmfare Awards and won 5 other awards at the same ceremony, with Sonakshi Sinha taking home the award for the Best Female Debut.  Sonakshi Sinha later explained how she was approached by Salman Khan at a function to play the role of Rajjo and how she lost 30 kg of weight to prepare for the movie.  The film raked in a net domestic collection of Rs. 1.41 billion.  Dabangg was also adapted in Telugu as Gabbar Singh, with Pawan Kalyan playing the lead and in Tamil as Osthe.

Dabangg 2

Following the critical success of Dabangg, a sequel was released on December 21st, 2012.  Dabangg 2 marked the directorial debut of Arbaaz Khan.  Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha reprised their roles as Chulbul Pandey and Rajjo respectively.  Prakash Raj played the role of the antagonist, Thakur Bachcha Singh, replacing Sonu Sood.  This film was set in Kanpur, where Chulbul Pandey is in charge of a local police station.  Dabangg 2 follows the story of how Chulbul Pandey deals with Bachcha Singh’s confrontations and ultimately arrests him and kills him.  The songs Dabangg Reloaded and Fevicol Se went on to become commercial hits, earning play time at a lot of parties and events.  Dabangg 2 went on to become the second highest grosser of 2012, trailing behind Ek Tha Tiger, which also starred Salman Khan as the lead.  Salman Khan won the Best Actor award at the Filmfare Awards.  The film accumulated a net of Rs. 1.55 billion. This is the movie which saw Salman Khan acting in a sequel for the first time in his 22 year old career.

Dabangg 3

Following a long gap of 7 years, this franchise, spanning nearly a decade, came to an end, with the final installment releasing on December 20th, 2019.  Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha reprise their roles from the previous installments, while Kichcha Sudeep plays the role of the antagonist.  This movie follows the story of a younger Chulbul Pandey and the experiences which shaped him to become ‘Robinhood Pandey.’ He has a confrontation with Balli (Sudeep) after busting his prostitution racket.  The film then follows the plot of good versus evil and how Chulbul Pandey manages to save the day in the end.  

Dabangg 3 is a fitting end to the franchise and is likely to become a hit, if Salman Khan’s popularity with the Indian masses is to be taken into consideration.

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Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide

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Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide

As Bollywood was coming to grips with the tragic loss of two of its finest actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, tragedy struck once again as news broke out about the death of Sushanth Singh Rajput.  The news left everyone shell shocked as news reports about police finding his body at his Bandra residence in Mumbai.  Sushanth Singh Rajput committed suicide according to the police and further reports are awaited following the post mortem autopsy.

Sushanth Singh Rajput was a brilliant method actor who performed in some memorable movies like Kai Po Che!, Shuddh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and his last film Chhichhore.  Sushanth was working on his next project Dil Behcare, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie and the best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars.  As news about Sushanths demise came out, shocked celebrities reacted with disbelief and offered their condolences.

Sushanth Singh Rajput is believed to have taken the extreme step due his battle with depression.  Incidentally,  in the last movie he was seen in Chhichhore, he gives the message that suicide is not an option for anything and that there is so much in life to look forward.  

We at Mango Bollywood extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sushanth Singh Rajput as they cope with the loss.

 

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Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend

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Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend

Rishi Kapoor is known as one of the legends of Bollywood who was responsible for making Bollywood what it is today.  As the entire nation is coming to grips with the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is a heavy blow to the movie industry as well as the nation.  Fans and celebrities are still in shock from the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise and it will surely take a while for the news to sink in.  Rishi Kapoor passed away in a hospital in Mumbai after losing a long battle with cancer.  

Rishi Kapoor hails from a clan who made its mark in Bollywood beginning with his father Raj Kapoor, who is revered as one of India’s most greatest and influential actors and filmmakers.  Rishi Kapoor is the second generation Kapoor to make his mark in the movie industry.  Rishi won a National Award for his debut role as a child artist in Mera Naam Joker (1970,) a movie which starred his father Raj Kapoor.  Rishi Kapoor was known as a heartthrob for playing romantic roles on the silver screen and has racked up some impressive hits as the lead actor like Rafoo Chakkar (1975,) Laila Majnu (1976,) Sargam (1979,) Karz (1980,) Prem Rog (1982,) Nagina (1986,) Chandni (1989,)  Heena (1991) and Honeymoon (1992.) 

ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

Rishi Kapoor moved on to playing supporting roles in the latter part of his career and gave us many notable performances.   Hum Tum (2004,) Fanaa (2006,) Namastey London (2007) and Love Aaj Kal (2009) are some of the famous films in which Rishi Kapoor’s performances are still cherished to date.

 

Rishi Kapoor left a proud legacy and his son Ranbir Kapoor will continue to carry the torch through his films.   India and Bollywood will miss its charming heartthrob Rishi Kapoor, but there is no doubt his family, friends and fans will continue to remember him through his films.

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Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

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Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor

Irrfan Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors whose career spanned almost three decades.  Irrfan Khan brought multiple accolades to India and Indian cinema throughout his career by acting in Indian, British and Hollywood movies. The Angrezi Medium actor, sadly passed away in Mumbai owing to a sudden colon infection.  Khan recently battled with a neuroendocrine tumour and has announced his success against beating the cancer.  

Irrfan Khan is known for his offbeat and slice of life movies which make the viewers deeply reflect on life and philosophy.  Having made his debut with the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay! (1988,) Irrfan rose to prominence with his wide variety of roles he essayed throughout his career.  However, Irrfan Khan’s talent gained recognition with his portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar (2011) in the biopic movie of the same name.  Khan won the National Film Award for the best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.

ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan’s Birthday: Looking At The Actor’s Best Performances

Over the course of his career Irrfan Khan appeared in several Hollywood films like  The Warrior (2001,) The Namesake (2006,) The Darjeeling Limited (2007,) the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008,) New York, I Love You (2009,) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012,) Life of Pi (2012,) Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016.) 

Some of Irrfan Khan’s best works came late into his career and they include movies like The Lunchbox (2013,) nominated for a BAFTA Award Haider (2014,) Gunday (2014,) Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and the critically acclaimed Hindi Medium (2017) which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of Bollywood before Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

Irrfan Khan’s last movie was the recently released Angrezi Medium which hit the theaters earlier this year.  With the untimely and unfortunate demise of one of India’s finest actors, Irrfan Khan will leave a huge void in Indian cinema but there is no doubt that Irrfan Khan immortalized himself on the silver screens.  Indian Cinema will miss the maverick actor of modern Bollywood classics.

 

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Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

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Nishabdham Trailer - Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller

Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat. 

The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house.  A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder.  Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated.  The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.

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Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga.  The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.

Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles.  Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.  

 

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Sonam Kapoor Advocates Empowering Women Ahead Of Women’s Day

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Sonam Kapoor is a notable Bollywood icon who is known for supporting social causes like breast cancer awareness and LGBTQ equality.  Sonam Kapoor, in a recent post on Instagram advocated for women empowerment, with a picture from her latest photoshoot.

Sharing her thoughts in the post Sonam Kapoor says she cannot be the poor little rich girl anymore nor should she feel sorry for herself.  Speaking more about empowerment, Sonam said she needs to make harder choices in order to pave the future way for women after her. That is the reason why her whole team consists of women and why she also voices the need to cut down thousands of years of deep rooted patriarchy.

 

In another post Sonam Kapoor posted “For me, female empowerment is very important, especially because I’m from a side of the world where women have always been second class citizens (sic.)”

 

 

This post comes just a few days before the International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrate womanhood all across the world. 

Sonam Kapoor is well known for memorable supporting role performances in movies like Bhaag Milka Bhaag (2013,) Pad Man (2018,) and Veere Di Wedding (2018.)  Sonam is perhaps well known for her role as Neerja Bhanot in the biopic Neerja (2016.)  Sonam Kapoor was last seen in The Zoya Factor where she starred alongside Dulquer Salmaan.

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