Scoop: “Yes I Am Directing Dabangg 3”, Prabhudheva Shares All The Details For The First Time

It’s finally official. For months now, there has been  speculation  on the inimitable Prabhdheva and his association with Salman Khan over Dabangg 3.

For the first time Prabhudheva speaks about his nod to the project.

“I was in Mumbai last week to finalize  all the details. Yes, I am directing Dabangg 3 for Salman and Arbaaz Khan. Who says  no to them?” Prabhu laughs affectionately, recalling his association with Salman since the historic Wanted  in 2009.

“We’ve been closely associated for the  longest time. I  share a warm friendship with Salman Khan and  his brothers. When Salmanand Arbaaz asked me to direct Dabangg 3 there was  no question  of saying no,” says Prabhu whose Wanted  had resurrected Salman’s career after  a series of  boxoffice duds.

“Not like that,” Prabhu protests shyly. “The biggest  of superstars  go through  ups and downs in their career. Salman is Salman. Flops or hits don’t matter to his career.”

As for Dabangg 2 Prabhu says he hasn’t seen the earlier segments  of  the franchise. “I’d like to give  it my own spin. Of course we all know what Salman’s Chulbul Pandey is all about. That sense  of  masti  will remain in the cop’s role.”

 As for  the rest, nothing changes.

Says Prabhu, “Everything including the cast remains the same. Salman, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz… the  music will be by Sajid-Wajid. Everything in  Dabangg is  unchanged except me   the  director.”

Incidentally Dabangg 3  would be Sonakshi’s  fifth  film with Prabhudheva. “Sonakshi and I share a comfort level. Salman Bhaishares is comfortable  with everyone in the team. I think we will have fun making this film.”

It’s been a  while since Prabhu worked in  Mumbai.

“My last Hindi film as a  director was Singh is Bling with Akshay Kumar  in  2015. Since then I’ve been  busy with my South assignments,” says  Prabhu.

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