Pandeyji seeti – Mamta/Shreya/Wajid – Sajid-Wajid | Dabangg 2 (2012)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2012 Arbaaz Khan Productions’ super hit comic action flick Dabangg 2 (Brave Heart), produced and directed (debut) by Arbaaz Khan. This movie is a sequel to the 2010 Dabangg. The movie starred Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, late Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan, Prakash Raj, etc.

The story continues from the previous installment, but, the location has shifted to Kanpur. Inspector Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan) stays with his wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and stepfather Prajapati (Vinod Khanna). A little boy is abducted from his school and Chulbul deals with the situation.

The kidnappers are Bachcha’s (Prakash Raj) henchmen. With permission from the commissioner (Manoj Pahwa), Chulbul launches a campaign against this don. One day, Chulbul begins to arrest the don’s men, one at a time. He contributes the monies that he gets from the arrested men to the education trust for the policemen’s children during a function. Now, Chulbul Pandey and his policemen entertain the audience with this song.

Song: The music of the song was scored by Sajid-Wajid and the lyrics were penned by Jalees Sherwani.

The gist of the song is that the man does not listen to anyone and is whimsical. He does not perform a regular duty and whistles on duty. The mishmash of words is just perhaps for the rhyming purpose only.

Video: Cinematography is by Aseem Mishra and Mahesh Limaye. Dance choreography is by Ganesh Acharya-Farah Khan-Mudassar Khan-Raju Khan-Radhika Rao-Vijay Sapru-Rajeev Soorti.

The video opens with Salman Khan riding on top of some uniformed actors and others accompany him. He is in plain clothes. The music has already begun. He also begins to dance. Frankly, I did not like some vulgar gestures choreographed for Salman Khan and others. They could have been different.

Malaika Arora enters. So, does Sonakshi Sinha. Salman Khan happens to be Malaika Arora’s brother-in-law in real life, I appreciate the fact that though they dance in proximity to each other, they don’t even hold their hands. The dignity and decency is maintained. Malaika Arora and Sonakshi Sinha dance together as well. Salman Khan also joins them.

This dance sequence has been shot in a studio and the sheer number of actors dancing does not appear crowded. The song peters out and the video ends as Salman Khan hugs one of his policemen.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Mamta Sharma, Shreya Ghoshal and Wajid Ali and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and others.

Cultural Influence: This filmi song is again inspired by a folk song from North India. Part o the song reminds me of Chalat musafir moh liya re… from Teesri Kasam (1966). The song and the artists are fine. The video is watchable for the same.

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