Yes, it is that time of the year when a mandatory ‘Khan’ movie arrives at the Indian box-office. Last year, it was ‘Zero’ and this time around, Salman Khan has taken up the mantle with the third instalment of his most successful franchise – Dabangg.

Dabanng-3 has a very strong Sandalwood connection, which has made movie-buffs across the state wait for this movie. The movie has our very own Kichcha Sudeepa playing the baddie and giving a tough fight to Sallu on the big-screen. While Prabhudeva has directed the flick, the Kannada version of Dabangg-3 is finding a big release across the state that has helped the movie garner the attention of Kannada movie fans.

The movie has hit the screens today and let us find out if the flick managed to become the first-ever Dubbed Film to succeed in Karnataka.

Chulbul Pandey, the do-gooder cop breezes past the first few minutes of the movie, bashing up the goons & romancing his wife. However, when he busts up a prostitution racket, he takes on the villain of the movie – Balli Singh, essayed by Sudeepa. Also, there is a chunk of the movie devoted to Chulbul’s younger days, when he falls in love with Khushi and the circumstances which turn him into Chulbul Pandey.

Although the narrative seems disjointed at times, the makers have succeeded in weaving a plot that would entertain the ‘mass’ fans to the core. Action sequences, Sallu’s trademark mannerisms, and comedy are provided in ample quantities, therefore making it for an engrossing watch. Most importantly, Sudeepa gives an intense fight to Salman on screen and helps the movie achieve its core objective of conveying a story based on the concept of ‘Good vs Evil’.

While Salman is at his usual best in the movie, it is Sudeepa who deserves praise for his performance. It is difficult to dominate Salman on the big screen but our Abhinaya Chakravarthi has done it with elan. The female leads, Sonakshi and Saiee have also done a fine job.

A few peppy numbers bring justice to the genre of the movie. The BGM is loud and complements the action scenes very well. The film stands at 2 hours 42 minutes, which could have been trimmed to an extent.

Overall, Dabangg 3 is a decent attempt to strengthen Sallu’s market in Karnataka for his future projects. The movie has a couple of interesting scenes, especially the ones involving Sudeepa, which will guarantee you a great time at the cinemas.

Rating: 3.5