ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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A Renewal of Faith: Dabangg and Its Public

The enormous success of the fi lm Dabangg is signifi cant not only because the appeal has been more symmetrically distributed across India than other recent Bollywood hits, which have been largely targeted at urban, Anglophone audiences, but also because it brings back earlier motifs in Hindi cinema, reminding us of the India outside the metropolitan cities. Though the fi lm deals with similar issues of crime, corruption in police and politics, and rural poverty as its predecessors, it adopts a different attitude. While acknowledging corruption in the institutions of the State, it still treats it with much greater respect and depicts politics as a space in which hope still exists.



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