Dabangg 2 (transl. Fearless 2) is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film co-produced (with Malaika Arora) and directed by Arbaaz Khan in his directorial debut. Its story is set in Kanpur and written by Dilip Shukla. Dabangg 2 serves as a sequel to the 2010 film Dabangg and is the second part in the highly successful Dabangg franchise. It stars Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill and Vinod Khanna reprising their roles from Dabangg, with Prakash Raj playing the antagonist replacing Sonu Sood. The supporting cast includes Nikitin Dheer, Gireesh Sahdev, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa and Deepak Dobriyal, with Manoj Joshi and Tinnu Anand appearing in cameo roles.
The development of Dabangg 2 commenced after the release of Dabangg. Abhinav Kashyap, who directed Dabangg, refused to direct the film citing unknown reasons; following this, Arbaaz Khan decided to make his directorial debut. Filming for Dabangg 2 began on 9 March 2012 in Mumbai.
Dabangg 2 theatrically released in India on 21 December 2012 during the Christmases festival. It earned ₹583 million (US$8.2 million) nett in India within three days of its release to break the record of Ek Tha Tiger, another film featuring Salman Khan. Dabangg 2 grossed over ₹2.52 billion (US$35 million) at the worldwide box office, becoming the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2012 behind Ek Tha Tiger, and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. The film acculumated ₹1.55 billion (US$22 million) nett and was termed a “blockbuster” by Box Office India. The third film in the franchise, Dabangg 3, was released in December 2019.
The story carries on from the previous film— Inspector Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan)— in charge of a local police station in Kanpur and resides there with his wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha), half brother Makkhi (Arbaaz Khan) and stepfather (Vinod Khanna). A boy gets kidnapped from a school, therefore Chulbul deals with the problem. In Kanpur, an assassin murders a witness who is about to testify against a dreaded don. Chulbul tracks the assassin down, killing him at a coffeehouse. The don is Thakur Bachcha Singh (Prakash Raj), a struggling politician. After several public altercations, Bachcha’s brother Genda (Deepak Dobriyal) convinces him to get rid of Pandey, threatening Chulbul’s stepfather to kill his entire family if Chulbul keeps on interfering in Bachcha’s criminal activities.
Genda harasses a girl, arriving at her wedding to kidnap her. Chulbul arrives at the wedding and asks Genda to leave. Genda refuses to comply and continues to insult Chulbul. Chulbul breaks his neck, leading to his death. In the meantime his wife becomes pregnant, Pandey being advised by everybody to leave Bachcha alone for the sake of his family’s safety. Bachcha, promising to avenge his brother’s death, decides to do so before the election. He meets Rajjo and Makkhi while they are leaving a temple where Makkhi is shot by Bachcha and Rajjo is pushed off the temple stairs. However, both of them survive with Rajjo having a miscarriage and suffering a head injury.
Chulbul is enraged at the loss of his first child. He enters Bachcha’s location and kills all of his men. He fights him and gets him arrested, but when Bachcha tries to threaten him, he kills him instantly by grabbing a gun and shooting him with two bullets in the chest. Later, Chulbul and Rajjo have their first child, a baby boy. Right at the end, Chedi Singh’s photographer (from the first film, Dabangg) arrives asking for a family photo. They all laugh, and the photographer takes the picture.
Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey
Sonakshi Sinha as Rajjo Pandey
Arbaaz Khan as Makhanchand “Makkhi” Pandey
Prakash Raj as Thakur Bachcha Singh
Vinod Khanna as Prajapati Pandey
Mahi Gill as Nirmala Pandey
Nikitin Dheer as Chunni
Deepak Dobriyal as Genda
Gireesh Sahedev as Inspector Siddique
Manoj Pahwa as Commissioner
Flora Asha Saini in a cameo as a reporter
Sandeepa Dhar as Anjali
Tinu Anand as master in special appearance
Manoj Joshi as a shopkeeper in special appearance
Nitesh Pandey as doctor in special appearance
Pankaj Tripathi as Filawar
Rashami Desai in cameo appearance in song “Dagabaaz Re”
Nandish Sandhu in cameo appearance in song “Dagabaaz Re”
Malaika Arora Khan as Munni in item number “Pandeyji Seeti”
Kareena Kapoor as an item number “Fevicol Se”