Dabangg might have been a super successful for the Khan brothers — Arbaaz and Salman — but the producer and the lead actor duo is in no mood to work with their winning-team again. After director Abhinav Kashyap left the Khans, the technicians have now been asked to follow him. The Khan brothers have decided to work with a completely new team to bring a fresh flavour to Dabangg 2 which goes on floors in March 2012.
A source revealed, “The earlier plan was to retain the entire cast and crew except Kashyap, who had already opted out of the sequel. Dileep Shukla was roped into write Dabangg 2, but as the script developed, Arbaaz realised that he’ll have to work within a new setup and with an entirely new set of man-power for the film.”
On the other hand, most of the technicians who worked on Dabangg have opted to work with Kashyap on his next film, starring Shahrukh Khan, claimed the source.
When contacted, Arbaaz admitted that there has been a total makeover in the sequel as far as the technicians are concerned. He added, “Why are people presuming that I’d have to depend on creative resources from the first Dabangg to make Dabangg 2? I’ve been born into a film family, I grew up hearing scripts and people talking cinema. I know enough about cinema to turn director.”
The actor-turned-producer also said that, “We know what we’re doing. It’s Dileep Shukla who has written the sequel. But it is my vision and ideas that have been put into the screenplay. I know exactly how I want to shoot the film. The novelty of seeing Salman playing Chulbul Pandey with a moustache has worn off. We’ll be going beyond that,” said Arbaaz.
(With additional information from timesofindia.com)
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2011.