Dabangg 3 is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Prabhu Deva and co-produced by Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan under their respective banners of Salman Khan Films and Arbaaz Khan Productions. The film serves as a prequel-cum-sequel to the 2010 film Dabangg and 2012 film Dabangg 2, and is the third installment of the Dabangg film series. The screenplay of the film is written by Salman Khan, Prabhu Deva, and Alok Upadhyaye. The story, written by Salman Khan, is set in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The film features Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha,and Arbaaz Khan reprising their roles from the previous film, along with Sudeep as the antagonist and Saiee Manjrekar in her Bollywood debut.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Produced by||Salman Khan|
|Written by||Dilip Shukla|
|Screenplay by||Salman Khan |
|Story by||Salman Khan|
|Edited by||Ritesh Soni|
|Distributed by||Salman Khan Films|
Yash Raj Films (International)
|Box office||est. ₹230.93 crore|
Set after the events of Dabangg 2, the film showcases Chulbul Pandey's origin as a police officer, after his encounter with an old rival named Bali Singh refreshes his memory.
Along with dubbed versions in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu languages, the film was theatrically released in India on 20 December 2019. It opened to mixed reviews from critics who praised Khan and Sudeep's performances while others found it formulaic and weaker as compared to the prequels. At the box office, the film's collections were further affected by the CAA protests, making it the second lowest-grossing film in the franchise.
Starting off again with a heroic antic, the story moves ahead from Dabangg 2 with the corrupt yet much loved cop, ASP Chulbul Pandey, preventing a robbery at a wedding, and beating the goons and their leader, Gullu, black and blue. Gullu then agrees to return to his former part-time job as a wedding band trumpeter, and Chulbul is seen dealing with the everyday lives of his wife Rajjo, brother Makhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey, also a police officer, and his son, while his father Prajapati Pandey stays at home with Rajjo. Makkhi appears to be enjoying a lavish lifestyle most of the times. One fateful day, a despaired girl, probably injured, arrives in a hurry at Makkhi's station after escaping from somewhere, and seeks help; Makkhi, expecting to punish her captors, who tried to sell her and other girls off, is joined by Chulbul, and after a scuffle, the brothers arrest Chinti Walia, who runs a prostitution racket.
While trying to force a confession out of Chinti at the police station, Chulbul intercepts a lawyer and some goons who have come over to have Chinti released, but he tears off the court order, and in desperation, the leader of the goons keeps his video call going on even as Chulbul smiles into the screen. Minutes later, the leader shows the video call to Bali Singh, who sees Chulbul, who in turns looks back into the phone camera to see Bali. Shocked beyond words, he reminisces his younger days, recalling his fate with Bali.
Years ago, when he was still young, Chulbul, whose real name turns out to be Dhaakad Chand Pandey, fell in love with a girl, Khushi, who was initially being considered as a potential bride for Makkhi, after he noticed a photo of her in Makkhi's hand, and told his mother, Naini Devi, that he would be a good fit instead of Makkhi; a few days later, Khushi's maternal uncle Prabhat and maternal aunt Janki agreed to the match between Dhaakad and Khushi, and the two began courting each other. At the same time, Bali, a ruthless and violent goon, set his eyes on Khushi and began making arrangements for his marriage with her. However, the moment he saw Dhaakad with Khushi, he decided to kill Khushi and her family right in front of Dhaakad's eyes after luring him to the spot. Prabhat and Janki were both killed, and Khushi was thrown off a cliff to die. Consequently, both Khushi's uncle Hariya and his daughter Rajjo, revealed to be Khushi's friend, were deeply affected; Hariya took to alcoholism, while Dhaakad, who was framed by Bali and spent much time in prison for the deaths, was taken in by Commissioner Singh after saving him from attackers, and transformed into an uptight cop, naming himself Chulbul, in Khushi's memory, forming the events of Dabangg.
At present, Chulbul, having relayed this entire episode to Prajapati and Rajjo, decides that he has had enough, and he needs to close the chapter once and for good. Meanwhile, an ill-attracted Makkhi is misled by Bali into turning against Chulbul, nearly so as to slap him after he too is promoted to the rank of ASP. The action causes him to be banished from home by Prajapati, and he joins hands with Bali actively. Bali, who is set to become a politician and a minister in the upcoming elections, plans to bring in a truck filled with money, and thus gets Makkhi and many other policemen in his circle transferred to one common location in order to facilitate the transportation. Chulbul, however, intercepts the truck and turns Bali's moles in the police force against Bali himself. As revenge, Bali gets several of Chulbul's associates kidnapped and brutally beaten to near death, until Chulbul breaks in again and frees them all, even when Bali has run away with Makkhi and some reliable accomplices.
Seeking to lure Bali into counterproductive action, Chulbul kidnaps Minister S. S. Sharma and his brother-in-law by staging a ploy with Gullu's help, and forces a confession out of them, which is made viral. Bali notices the same and Makkhi helps him track them down since he recognizes the hideout. Upon arriving there, Bali kills Sharma and injures his brother-in-law; in retaliation, he sends wrestlers to attack Rajjo and her son, but Chulbul arrives in time to save the two.
Some time later, Chulbul receives a call from Prajapati, who tells him that Rajjo hasn't arrived home. Sensing Bali's hand in the matter, he invades a quarry where Bali has held Rajjo, and surprisingly, Makkhi himself, as hostages – Makkhi was always on Chulbul's side and it was a game by the brothers to incense Bali; after an intense confrontation, Chulbul kills Bali.
- Salman Khan as ASP Chulbul Pandey aka Dhaakad Chand Pandey
- Sonakshi Sinha as Rajjo Pandey
- Sudeep as Bali Singh
- Saiee Manjrekar as Khushi, Rajjo's cousin
- Arbaaz Khan as Makhanchand "Makkhi" Pandey
- Pramod Khanna as Prajapati Pandey
- Dimple Kapadia as Naini Devi
- Nawab Shah as Gullu
- Rajesh Sharma as Minister S. S. Sharma
- Dev Gill as Dev
- Sharat Saxena as Commissioner Sambhav Singh, Chulbul's guide and mentor
- Paresh Ganatra as Minister's brother-in-law
- Deepraj Rana as Bali's Henchmen
- Medha Manjrekar as Janki, Khushi's maternal aunt
- Ali as Constable Raju
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Hariya (special appearance)
- Warina Hussain as Munni (special appearance in the song "Munna Badnaam Hua")
- Prabhu Deva as himself (special appearance in the song "Munna Badnaam Hua")
- Dolly Bindra as Chinti Walia (special appearance)
- Sohail Khan as Police Officer Aardish Sabarwal (special appearance)
In 2013, it was reported that Dabangg 3 will be a prequel. 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. He added: "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 be about the story being carried forward but something very different coming in way." In March 2015, Arbaaz Khan said that he may not direct Dabangg 3 due to the high workload of being a producer, actor and director. In April 2015, Arbaaz Khan said that the film may take one or two years to shape up as it was postponed due to Sultan. After much speculation, it is confirmed in August 2016, that Sonakshi Sinha will be part of Dabangg 3 and another actress might join her.
In October 2017, it was reported that the writers had started scripting the film, and it would go on floors by the mid 2018. In the following month, it was confirmed by Arbaaz Khan that Prabhu Deva would direct the film, and he will look after the creative control. As of March 2018, Deva confirmed that he will direct the film and Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Arbaaz Khan will be portray their earlier respective character. Sajid-Wajid will again compose for the film soundtrack. On 31 March 2019, Salman and Arbaaz arrived in Indore to begin shooting for Dabangg 3 from 1 April
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||13 November 2019|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The track "Hud Hud" was previously recreated for the second film. The original version as well as the recreations are composed by Sajid-Wajid. The track "Munna Badnaam Hua" was previously recreated in the last two films of the franchise as Munni Badnaam Hui and Pandeyji Siti Mare.
|1.||"Hud Hud"||Jalees Sherwani, Danish Sabri||Divya Kumar, Shabab Sabri, Sajid Khan||4:24|
|2.||"Naina Lade"||Danish Sabri||Javed Ali||4:49|
|3.||"Yu Karke"||Danish Sabri||Salman Khan, Payal Dev||3:45|
|4.||"Munna Badnaam Hua"||Danish Sabri||Badshah, Kamaal Khan, Mamta Sharma||4:06|
|5.||"Awara"||Sameer Anjaan, Sajid Khan||Salman Ali, Muskaan||4:56|
|6.||"Habibi Ke Nain"||Irfan Kamal||Shreya Ghoshal, Jubin Nautiyal||5:51|
Salman Khan revealed first posters of Dabangg 3 with film release date on 26 April 2019. Before some months of filming, Dabangg 3 was said to be slated for release on 22 May 2020, coinciding with Eid-ul-Fitr. But when it was announced that Inshallah, another film starring Khan, was scrapped the release date of Dabangg 3 was advanced to 20 December 2019, coinciding with Christmas.
The film was theatrically released in India on 20 December 2019 along with dubbed versions in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu languages.
Dabangg 3's opening day domestic collection was ₹24.50 crore. On the second day, the film collected ₹23.75 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹30.50 crore, taking the total opening weekend collection to ₹787.5 million.
As of 19 January 2020[update], with a gross of ₹173.94 crore in India and ₹56.99 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹2309.3 million and has become the tenth highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.
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