Set in Laalgurj, Uttar Pradesh, Dabangg is the story of Chulbul Pandey (Salman Khan), a fearless but corrupt police officer with unorthodox working methods. Chulbul had a bitter childhood, his father passed away when he was very young after which his mother Naini (Dimple Kapadia) married Prajapati Pandey (Vinod Khanna). Together, they have a son Makhanchand (Arbaaz Khan). Prajapati favors Makhanchand which does not go down well with Chulbul. After his mother's demise, Chulbul snaps all ties with his stepfather and half-brother. Rajo (Sonakshi Sinha) with her unique perspective of life enters his world and turns it upside down. Chulbul starts to see life more positively and also gets sensitized to the value of a family. But his detractors, especially the dubious Cheddi Singh (Sonu Sood) have their own vested interests and emerge as spokes in the wheels, putting one brother against the other. How will Chulbul Pandey defeat Cheddi Singh's conspiracy?