Mumbai: In a major bid to make his forthcoming flick ‘Dabangg’ a huge blockbuster, much bigger than ‘Wanted’, buzz has it that Salman Khan has finally turned director by helming most of the film.
Talking to a news daily on condition of anonymity, a crew member from the film said, "Director Abhinav Kashyap wanted to make it a realistic and gritty film about a corrupt cop set in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, in the vein of what Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap would attempt. But Salman stepped in and changed the film to suit his vision. Bhai wanted ‘Dabanng’ to be a full-on action film with slick action sequences like his film ‘Wanted’."
News has it that ‘Dabangg’ has five major action sequences that have been devised by Salman and action director S Vijayan.
In fact, Arbaaz Khan, the producer of the film acknowledges the action sequences as Salman’s brainchild, "There was this prevalent belief about ‘Dabangg’ is a gritty realistic offbeat kind of film. We didn`t want that kind of branding. We want it to be a full-on action film. Bigger action-wise than anything Salman`s done before."
Apparently, Salman wanted ‘Dabangg’ much bigger than ‘Wanted’ as he told Vijayan that, "Make the action sequences bigger and better than ‘Wanted’."
Talking about the exhilarating action sequences, which were shot over a period of sixty days, Arbaaz said, "Let`s just say we shot the action scenes for 60 days which is the time spent shooting an average full-length feature film. These action films are done with special effects the way Jackie Chan`s stunts are shot."
When asked whether he incorporated Salman’s views in the film, an overjoyed Arbaaz said, "And why not? This happens to be his brother`s production, which makes it a ghar ki baat. And he is the star of the film. I considered every suggestion from Salman and incorporate them accordingly. Yes, Wanted was his big action release in 2009. We want ‘Dabangg’ to be a bigger action flick in 2010. I can`t deny we devised the stunts accordingly."
"Earlier, Salman tried to make suggestions for some of his films, which were, unfortunately, not taken well. In ‘Dabangg’, we welcomed his inputs warmly. He has added considerably to the film`s overall mood and feeling, specially in the action scenes," Arbaaz said.