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A ‘Dabangg 2′ movie poster.

Two years after Dabangg featured Chulbul Pandey, a cop played by Salman Khan, the sequel, Dabangg 2, releases this Friday.

With his signature aviator sunglasses, mustache and one-of-a-kind dance steps, Mr. Pandey has failed to wow most movie critics this time around.

Sonakshi Sinha is back as Rajjo Pandey, the cop’s wife. Arbaaz Khan is the director and continues to play Makkhi Singh, Mr. Pandey’s brother. The starcast also includes Prakash Raj, Deepak Dobriyal and Niktin Dheer, who play the bad guys in this second adventure.

Dabangg 2 sticks to an assortment of action, romance and the typical good-versus-evil tale.

Most critics were skeptical. Here’s a roundup of what they had to say:

Critic Raja Sen is of the opinion that the film is “better than the original—or, to word it differently, is less unwatchable.” He attributes the little entertainment that he sees the film delivering to Mr. Khan. “Khan’s own persona,” he says, “massaged by record-shattering blockbusters and his uniquely unapologetic lifestyle, is now larger than any character can be. And that, in itself, makes this film halfway entertaining.”

Unimpressed by Ms. Sinha’s performance in the movie, Mr. Sen  feels that she “still cannot act.”

He goes on to tag the song ‘Fevicol Se’, which has gathered quite a fan following, as a “frustratingly catchy song.”

He rates the movie with two-and-a-half stars. He concludes by saying that it has “painfully unsubtle product placement and odd public-service style dialogues.”

Saibal Chatterjee also feels there is “something amiss” in the movie. She pronounces that what the movie is possibly lacking is the “infectious verve” and the “delightfully pervasive spontaneity” that made Dabangg a  blockbuster.

Mr. Chatterjee is not very impressed by the screenplay of the movie either and in his review on NDTV says that it “is devoid of any fresh ideas.”

“There can be no denying that Salman Khan is perfectly cut out for the carefree Robin Hood act that he has made his own,” says Mr. Chatterjee.

However, while comparing this performance to his first attempt as Mr. Pandey, he adds that the character “does not tickle the funny bone quite as much nor deliver thrills quite as regularly as he had done the first time around.”

In a review on Daily News & AnalysisAniruddha Guha calls Dabangg 2, a “wannabe Dabangg”. He adds that the movie is a rehash of Dabangg itself, “finding comfort in the formula rather than using it as a tool to entertain.”

Mr. Guha points out the many similarities between the movies despite having different directors.

Taran Adarsh has a more positive take, noting that the movie is the picture-perfect “ticket this festive season” for those who “adore masala movies, celebrate mainstream cinema, relish the cinema of yore and of course, hero-worship Salman Khan.”

He compliments Mr. Khan’s star power and says that it is “so so so strong that you’re ready to overlook and forgive-and-forget any blemish that you may encounter in the movie.”

Mr. Adarsh feels things are looking good for Arbaaz Khan who has made his directorial debut with the movie. “He may have borrowed from the cinema of 1970s and 1980s, but he garnishes it well enough to suit the present-day sensibilities.”

Giving it a complete thumbs up and a flattering four-star rating, Mr. Adarsh is certain that Dabangg 2 is a “sure shot blockbuster!”