Dabangg (film series)

Dabangg is a series of Indian Hindi-language action comedy films produced in common by Arbaaz Khan, starring Salman Khan as the titular cop Chulbul Pandey, Sonakshi Sinha as his love interest Rajjo Pandey, and Arbaaz Khan as Chulbul's step-brother Makhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey.[1] The original work is 2010 film, named Dabangg was directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Dhilin Mehta,[2][3][4]

Dabangg Franchise
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Official logo
Created byArbaaz Khan
Original workDabangg
OwnerEros International Yash Raj Films Salman Khan Films
Films and television
Film(s)List of films


Dabangg (2010)Edit

A corrupt police officer, Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan), faces challenges from his family, gangsters and politicians.

Dabangg 2 (2012)Edit

Chulbul Pandey invites a fresh trouble when he kills the brother of a notorious politician and the former swears to wreak havoc in his life.

Dabangg 3 (2019)Edit

Chulbul Pandey encounters an enemy from his past, and his origin story as the fearless cop unfolds.

Animated seriesEdit

In May 2020, it was reported that an animated series of the film was in development.[5] The series, also titled Dabangg, is scheduled to premiere on Hotstar.[6] It was premiered on May 31, 2021 as the title Dabangg Animated TV Series on Cartoon Network which was also produced by the same company and Cosmos Maya with CN India.[7][8] On February 14, 2022 it also came on Pogo TV.


Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Dabangg 10 September 2010 Abhinav Singh Kashyap Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Singh Kashyap Abhinav Singh Kashyap Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Dhilin Mehta
Dabangg 2 21 December 2012 Arbaaz Khan Dilip Shukla Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan
Dabangg 3 20 December 2019 Prabhu Deva AJ.Arjun, Salman Khan, Prabhu Deva, Aloke Upadhyaya Salman Khan Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Nikhil Dwivedi


The first installment of the series, centers on the fictional incidents. Chulbul Pandey is a cop who has his own way of dealing with corruption. His detractor Cheddi Singh manages to create a rift between Chulbul and his step-brother and uses it to his advantage. Dabangg was released on 10 September 2010, and gained positive reviews.[9] Mathures Paul of The Statesman gave the film 3.5 stars and commented, "Dabangg aligns itself with viewers frustrated by the nonexistence of uncomplicated heroism on screen."[10] It earned ₹219 crore worldwide[11] against a budget of ₹42 crore[12]

Dabangg 2Edit

After the success of Dabangg Arbaaz and Salman Re-unite once again for sequel. The film was titled as Dabangg 2 and also second installment in this series. The plot focused on Chulbul Pandey, a wayward policeman, kills the brother of a crooked politician. In retribution, the politician sends his henchmen to attack Chulbul's wife which leaves Chulbul infuriated.Dabangg 2 released in 3500 screens in India and 450 screens overseas on 21 December 2012.[re 1] It had the highest screen count for any film in India and worldwide, surpassing that of Ek Tha Tiger. The trailers for Kai Po Che! and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag were released with Dabangg 2.[re 2][re 3] It received mixed reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and said "Dabangg 2 has Salman Khan, Salman Khan and Salman Khan plus entertainment, entertainment and entertainment in large doses".[r 1] The film was declared a blockbuster by Box Office India after its first week.[b 1] Dabangg 2 grossed around $11.75 million in its total lifetime.[b 2]

Dabangg 3Edit

A prequel, Dabangg 3, was commissioned after the success of the previous film and was directed by Prabhu Deva, with both Salman and Sonakshi reprising their roles and Saiee Manjrekar in a cameo role.[13] The film focused on ASP Chulbul Pandey enjoys an ideal family life while catching criminals in his own bombastic way. However, an enemy from his past returns and threatens to destroy everything he has worked for. The film was theatrically released worldwide on 20 December 2019, on the Pre-Christmas weekend, in Hindi, and dubbed Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages[14] to positive reviews from both critics and audience.[15] Dabangg 3 opening day domestic collection was 24.50 crore. As of 19 January 2020, with a gross of est. 161 crore in India and 56.99 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of est. 325 crore and has become the tenth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[16] It was declared super-hit at box-office.

Future filmsEdit

Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status
Dabangg 4 16 December 2024 Tigmanshu Dhulia[17] Tigmanshu Dhulia Announced[18]

After success of the third film, the makers have stated that they will continue the franchise and take it to the fourth and final installment in this series. The film is produced by Arbaaz Khan.[19]

Recurring cast and charactersEdit

This table lists the main characters who appear in the Dabangg Franchise.

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  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Actor Films
Dabangg Dabangg 2 Dabangg 3 Dabangg 4
Salman Khan Dhaakadchand "Chulbul" Pandey
Sonakshi Sinha Rajjo Shreshawat Pandey
Arbaaz Khan Makhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey
Vinod Khanna Prajapati Pandey
Pramod Khanna Prajapati Pandey
Dimple Kapadia Naini Devi
Mahesh Manjrekar Hariya Shreshawat
Shyamlaal Chhedi's photographer
Ram Sujan Singh Constable Chaubey
Pradeep Chaudhary Constable Tewari
Daddi Pandey Constable Pichkari Yadav
Mahie Gill Nirmala Pandey
Tinnu Anand Masterji
Malaika Arora Munni
Warina Hussain Munni
Jacqueline Fernandez Kanika

Additional crew and production detailsEdit

Occupation Film
Dabangg 2
Dabangg 3
Director Abhinav Kashyap Arbaaz Khan Prabhu Deva
Producer(s) Dhilin Mehta
Malaika Arora Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Malaika Arora Khan
Salman Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Nikhil Dwivedi
Writer(s) Dilip Shukla
Abhinav Kashyap
Dilip Shukla Salman Khan
Prabhu Deva
Dilip Shukla
Aloke Upadhyaya
Composer(s) Sajid–Wajid
Lalit Pandit
Background Score Sandeep Shirodkar
Director of Photography Mahesh Limaye Mahesh Limaye
Aseem Mishra
Mahesh Limaye
Editor(s) Pranav V Dhiwar Hemal Kothari Ritesh Soni
Production Companies Arbaaz Khan Productions
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision
Arbaaz Khan Productions Salman Khan Films
Arbaaz Khan Productions
Saffron Broadcast & Media Limited
Distributing Companies Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision
UTV Motion Pictures
Eros International Salman Khan Films (India)
Yash Raj Films (International)
Running Time 126 minutes 123 minutes 141 minutes

Release and revenueEdit

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue
Dabangg 10 September 2010 42 crore (US$5.3 million)[20] 219 crore (US$27 million)[21]
Dabangg 2 21 December 2012 40 crore (US$5.0 million)[22] 250 crore (US$31 million)[23]
Dabangg 3 20 December 2019 125 crore (US$16 million) 325 crore (US$41 million)[24]
Total 207 crore (US$26 million) 687 crore (US$86 million)


Critical receptionEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes
Dabangg 60%[25]
Dabangg 2 36%[26]
Dabangg 3 18%[27]


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.[28] Dabangg 2 also received several awards.[29][30]


Many other film characters are inspired by the character Chulbul Pandey.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][further explanation needed]



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