I was nursing this silent ambition to turn director: Arbaaz Khan

Published: February 6, 2013

The character of Chulbul Pandey remains the same but the situations he finds himself in are different. PHOTO: FILE

Actor-turned-producer Arbaaz Khan made his debut into films with Daraar. He produced Dabangg and made his directorial debut with Dabangg 2. Khan is confident about his latest venture that stars his brother the iconic Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey.

Khan says, “It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of the Dabangg franchise and to be directing one of the biggest stars in the country.” He continues, “We have been cautiously and meticulously planning this film. And now that the film is ready for release, I hope the audience enjoys the film.”

Khan confirms that director Abhinav Kashyap who was supposed to direct the sequel, met up with him but decided to opt out of the project for personal reasons. “After a lot of deliberation as to who would be the right choice to direct the film, I came to the conclusion that since I’d been involved with Dabangg as a producer and actor since day one, it would be apt that I take over the project.”

“I was always nursing this silent ambition to turn director, so when this opportunity came my way I grabbed it with both hands.”

When talking about Salman’s character in the film Khan deliberated that “Dabangg 2 is a genuine sequel we are moving ahead with the character and taking the story forward.” The character of Chulbul Pandey remains the same but the situations he finds himself in are different. There are new conflicts and new challenges that he has to tackle, reports the Hindustan Times.

“Salman is a great actor and is only growing from strength to strength. He has done so many films in his career already and is now very comfortable with his own demeanor and body language,” Khan reiterates. “He’s got a great connect with the audience. He is a very contributing actor who always has some really good inputs and suggestions to offer for the betterment of the film,” he adds.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2013.

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