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‘Pressure is a good thing’

The storyline of Dabangg-2 has brought actor-producer-director Arbaaz Khan to Lucknow for the shooting of the much-awaited film.

bollywood Updated: Sep 12, 2012 00:24 IST
Deep Saxena

The storyline of Dabangg-2 has brought actor-producer-director Arbaaz Khan to Lucknow for the shooting of the much-awaited film.

And, he pins his hopes on fans and the warm people of the city, so that the shooting goes off smoothly.Sitting cozily in the lobby of Vivanta by Taj (ahead of the film shoot that begins in Lucknow on Sunday), the actor tells HT City, “We have come here with high hopes. Bhai (Salman Khan) and Sonakshi will not be here for this schedule, but his presence in the film itself draws big fan frenzy. I’m sure people will co-operate and allow us to shoot in convenience.”

As the story has moved from Lalganj (in Dabangg) to Kanpur (in the sequel), the twin-cities are a natural choice for outdoor shooting. “Since the story is set in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow and Kanpur are the best places to depict the culture and the real essence of the Hindi heartland. During my previous visits I’ve experienced that people here are very warm.” Pressure of the huge success of the prequel inspires Arbaaz in his directorial debut. “Pressure is a very good thing. It challenges you to do your best, to be on your toes, and to deliver your best. Dabangg was a highly successful and acceptable film. The sequel will take it to another level and I know that we need to deliver to our fans.”

Arbaaz knows well that as a filmmaker his work will be closely watched and compared. “It’s no point going gaga about the film at this stage. I’d want my film to do the talking,” he says.

And, the Rs 200-crore club doesn’t bother Arbaaz. “Success is notional, be it Rs 100crore or Rs250 crore. There are two ways to look at it — first, it should fetch more money than its cost. Second, people should like it out-and-out.”