Dabangg 2 was screened at the Ketnav theatre in Khar , a western Mumbai suburb, on 17 December This figure does not include Salman Khan's fee which can go as high as the budget of the film itself.
Dabangg 2 had the highest screen count for any film in India and worldwide, surpassing that of Ek Tha Tiger; the trailers for Kai Po Che! The complainant filed the case demanding a ban on the song immediately, claiming that such songs are likely to fuel sexual harassment and misbehaviour against girls at a time when the entire nation was experiencing an unprecedented shame due to the recent gang rape and death of a year-old girl in Delhi.
So much so that it was hard to believe that a newbie in film making has directed the film. So, go on and book your ticket to enjoy this paisa vasool film with your friends and family and don't forget to grab a tub of popcorn".
Unfortunately, the Dabangg 2 screenplay is devoid of any fresh ideas". Anupama Chopra of the Hindustan Times gave the film 2.
But that's probably enough for Salman Khan fans". Mufaddal Fakhruddin wrote "the screenplay and script is majorly lacking, and whatever story it does have is stretched out in a way that it becomes blatantly obvious.
There were number of times where I went, "why did I just watch this scene? Dabangg 2 felt lost, they say not all those who wander are lost, but Dabangg 2 actually is.
Priya Joshi wrote "Khan revels in the shameless display of narcissism, but there is little to commend the performance; the dialog is trite, there is no depth to the characters and most of the effort has been applied to the elaborate fight sequences.
With the emphasis on violence and the objectifying of women, it's a step back in time, where the women are either dutiful, temple-going housewives or cleavage-baring prostitutes".
Joshi recommended skipping the film and added instead of watching it, we could "use the time, perhaps more wisely, pondering whether we have enough brussels for Christmas dinner".
The reviewer broke down the rating of the film and gave "1 out of 5 for direction, 1 out of 5 for the story, 1 out of 5 for lead actors performances, 2 out of 5 for character artists, 2 out of 5 for dialogues, 1 out of 5 for screenplay, 1.
Simon Abrams of The Village Voice said "before they really screw up [the film], Dabangg 2's creators do a good job of not taking themselves too seriously".
Quoting William Nicholas Gomes, a visiting fellow at the University of York , they said Dabangg 2 "glorified the practice of torture by police forces" and would "raise wider public support in favour of torture and ill treatment [of prisoners] in custody".