Salman Khan stars as a corrupt local policeman who styles himself as a rural Robin Hood. Dabanng
is a curry Western with high tech action sequences—lifts from The Matrix
are expected, but these are updated with a steal from Sherlock Holmes
. Salman's real-life brother Arbaaz plays his weak sibling (and produces the film) and his sister-in-law, Malaika Arora Khan, contributes a lively dance ("Munni has ruined her reputation"). A first-time actress, Sonakshi Sinha, plays an ingénue with backbone, and Sonu Sood a foul-hearted villain. I've never been a big Salman fan, but in this film and his previous one, Wanted
, he has torn into his antiheroes with relish, clearly enjoying both the thrills and laughs. And, he is apparently the only Bollywood star still immune to Hollywood cross-over, fully invested in full-blown '70s-style masala movies with mayhem, catchy tunes, mother love, romance, comedy and brother-against-brother conflict: pure entertainment value.