Dabangg 3

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Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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Bollywood action threequel has music, humor, and violence.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 160 minutes

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Positive Messages

Themes include bravery, protecting the good, bringing criminals to justice -- but these are often done through questionable means. Importance of family is also key. Some of the songs have religious themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chulbul ultimately tries to do good, but is also motivated by desire for revenge and glory. He is often arrogant, humiliates people, sometimes uses unnecessary violence. Khushi and Rajjo have strong morals, are shown to help others and encourage peace. Many authority figures are portrayed as corrupt. Flags bearing swastikas are seen -- they have a completely different meaning in Asia, being a symbol of "well-being."  


Though some is played for laughs, violence is frequent, often strong. Instances of explosions, punching, strangling, kicking, characters knocked unconscious, stabbings, impalement -- often with much blood. Car crashes. Characters fall from cliffs. Guns are prolific; numerous characters shot. Other weapons include nunchucks, nail guns, sticks. Talk of torture. Characters are tied up, whipped, injected with sedatives. Bones are snapped, throats slit. Toes of a dead body are seen buried in the ground, skeletons piled up. Mention of rape and supplying girls to influential people via the sex trade.


Some dancing is suggestive and flirtatious -- shirtless, hip thrusts, grabbing of the crotch. On-screen sexual contact is minimal, with hugs and kisses on the cheek and forehead. At one point a woman is described as "super sexy." Joke insinuating the touching of genitals. Some reference to sex work.


Occasional language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "bloody," "sycophant," and "stupid." Some words are disguised with asterisks in the subtitles, including "f--k" (written as "f***") and "bastards" (written as "b*******").


Gillette products are shown prominently placed. Jeeps are mentioned and frequently shown on-screen. Mention of a wedding costing millions and hiring Ariana Grande. Criminals are seen counting piles of money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are seen smoking cigarettes, though it is mostly the "bad guys" -- when the main character puts a cigarette in his mouth it is frowned upon. When cigarettes are present, messages flash up on screen to say "smoking kills." Bottles of alcohol are seen, but mostly used as weapons.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dabangg 3 is the third movie in a Bollywood action franchise starring Indian heartthrob Salman Khan. Subtitled in English, it mixes intense action and drama with occasional comedy and musical numbers. Some song lyrics make reference to religion, mentioning "God" and "prophets," but songs are mostly about bravery or love. There is strong violence throughout and mention of issues such as rape and the sex trade. Weapons are used and characters are killed. But swearing is infrequent, and often asterisks are used in the subtitles to disguise it. In one scene, flags are shown with swastikas on them; though the symbols have spiritual meaning in India, they may be triggers for some. The dances are colorful and energetic, but also quite flirtatious. While the overall theme is the battle between the hero and the villain, the subtitles, long runtime, repetitive plot, and multiple timelines may make this trying viewing for some.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMrAnonymous June 11, 2020


Mild/moderate sex references, moderate/strong violence, very mild sex, mild references to sexual violence.

What's the story?

In DABANGG 3, Chulbul Pandey's (Salman Khan) past comes back to haunt him when he encounters old enemy Balli Singh (Sudeep). An extended flashback reveals that Balli fell in love with Chulbul's fiancée, Khushi (Saiee Manjrekar). When Balli discovered Khushi was already spoken for, he kidnapped her and her family, framing Chulbul for their murders. In the present, Chulbul has left jail and trained as a police officer, living a happy life with his family. Until, that is, he busts a human trafficking ring and discovers that Balli is the crime lord at its center. With Balli threatening the peace of the area and the safety of those around Chulbul -- including new wife Rajjo (Sonakshi Sinha) -- our hero must show how fearless he really is and put a stop to the reign of terror once and for all.

Is it any good?

This movie is quite the emotional rollercoaster. When the song and dance numbers come on, it's hard not to dance along. Yet the violence is strong, with moments of stabbing and bone snapping that will make the most action-hardy wince. Khan is in his element as the heroic cop who catches the ladies' eyes, with his muscle flexes and smoldering looks to camera filled with the knowing confidence of a major star. Fights are well choreographed, and those played for laughs are a lot of fun, while others are intense and, at times, a little gratuitous. The supporting characters are well crafted -- from his love interests to his family members -- and Sudeep makes for a fittingly terrifying villain.

At over two and a half hours, Dabangg feels too long and the narrative loosely strung together, with scenes often appearing repetitive and in need of editing. The level of violence seems unnecessary and makes the movie unsuitable for younger viewers. But the moments of humor pay off, and the dance numbers are fun. For teenagers with the patience and dedication to keep up with the subtitles, this is an enjoyable origins story of how Chulbul became the lovable hero and franchise star he is today -- though watching the previous two installments is not necessary to understand the plot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the character of Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 3. How does his character change during the film? What do you think he learned? What character strengths does he display?

  • Discuss Bollywood movies in general. What characteristics do most Bollywood movies share? How are they different from American movies? How do you think this movie would be different if it had been made in the United States?

  • Humor is often worked into serious situations. Can you think of examples of other movies that do that? Did humor affect the impact of the violence in Dabangg 3?

  • How were authority figures, such as police officers, portrayed in the movie?

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