Dabangg (English: Audacious) is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under the Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actor is Arbaaz's elder brother Salman Khan. It features Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz Khan, Om Puri, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahie Gill in supporting roles while Sonu Sood plays the main antagonist. The film marks the debut of Sonakshi as an actress, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. Malaika Arora Khan appears in the item number "Munni Badnaam Hui". The story is set in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around a cop named Chulbul Pandey. Made with a budget of INR 300 million and marketed at INR 120 million, the film was shot primarily in the town of Wai in Maharashtra, while other major scenes were shot in the United Arab Emirates. Dabangg set records for hype and awareness among the audience before release.
The film was released on Eid, 10 September 2010 in nearly 1800 screens worldwide. It opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film set another box office record, grossing INR 808.7 million in its first week, thus becoming the highest opening week grossing Bollywood film, breaking the previous record of 3 Idiots. Dabangg went on to gross INR 2.15 billion worldwide and Box Office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the fourth highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It was later remade in Tamil and Telugu. It's sequel was released on 21 December 2012 also emerged as a blockbuster.