Dabangg was a big hit and now that superstar Salman Khan is returning with a sequel, producer Malaika Arora Khan says the franchise will be carried forward.
Malaika turned film producer along with her husband Arbaaz Khan for Dabangg in 2010.
“Dabangg is a brand… When we were making the first film, we did not have the intention of making a sequel. It was later that we realized there is a potential and we can take the film ahead,” Malaika told PTI in an interview.
“We would definitely like to make Dabangg 3 or 4. But it is too early to say anything right now.”
Salman himself had said earlier this year that in Dabangg 3, his Chulbul Pandey will be posted in Mumbai, as the Police Commissioner!
Talking about Salman, Malaika said, “He is doing fantastic. He has really worked very hard to reach where he is today. Actors have ups and downs, it is not easy. The best part is, his fan following has always been consistent.”
Malaika said the combination of Salman and the Dabangg brand will create magic this year. “It is obvious that at the end of the day a Salman Khan film will without doubt have a good opening. But let’s not forget that Dabangg is also a brand. There are loyal fans that would come to watch.”
“People loved the character of Chulbul Pandey, enjoyed the desi hardcore feel.”
Dabangg 2 sees the return of Salman and Sonakshi in the leads. It is expected to release in December. But director Abhinav Kashyap has been now replaced by Arbaaz Khan.
Malaika admitted that there would be some pressure. “Now the pressure is of different sort as we have to live up to the expectations of the people,” she said.
In Dabangg, Malaika’s item number Munni Badnaam Hui had become a chartbuster. In the sequel, her friend Kareena Kapoor will be stepping into her shoes.
“I am really very happy that Kareena is doing the song. She is family… she is like my younger sister. I am happy that she is a part of the film,” Malaika said.
When asked if she was doing an item number or a special appearance in Dabangg 2, Malaika said, “I can’t tell you that.”
Meanwhile, Malaika is back on the small screen as a judge for the reality show India’s Got Talent, with filmmaker Karan Johar, choreographer-turned-director-actor Farah Khan and veteran actor Kirron Kher.
“The show is completely different from all others that I have done. It is about all sorts of talent and it does not narrow down to only singing and dancing.
“The performances have their roots all over the country, performers have come from the remotest of areas. I have done reality shows but I haven’t done something which is connected to the common people.”
The show will go on air from September 21.