After Abhinav Kashyap, the entire crew of Dabangg has been replaced, thanks to Salman and Arbaaz who wanted a fresh team in the sequel, reports Subhash K Jha.
"The earlier plan was to retain the entire cast and crew barring of course Abhinav Kashyap who had already opted out of the sequel. Dileep Shukla was roped in to write Dabangg 2. As the script developed, Arbaaz Khan realised that he'll have to work within a new setup and with an entirely new set of man-power for the film," a source told Jha.
Arbaaz, who would be directing the second installment, confirmed that he would shoot with a new team.
"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 confidently. It's true we don't have the original crew on board. We've hired a first-rate group of fresh technicians for Dabangg 2," Arbaaz informed Jha.
Arbaaz says that the sequel would go beyond part one. He told Jha, "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."
But there is a catch. Most of the technicians who worked on Dabangg have opted to work with Abhinav on his next film, a Shah Rukh Khan starrer set in Australia, a source told Jha.
Did the crew opt out of the film before they were sacked?