Mr and Mrs Chulbul Pandey were expected return in a sequel to Salman Khan’s hit film, Dabangg. But, Salman now says that his brother, producer Arbaaz Khan, and he are unsure whether the film should be a prequel or sequel. “We have two scripts, we are debating over which one to proceed with first. We’re keen on both. Dabangg brought people back to ‘entertainment-oriented’ cinema,” says Sallu.
Director Abhinav Kashyap confirms that they do have two scripts, but adds, “It’s too early to talk about a film that is likely to go on the floors only next year. You will soon know if it’s about Chulbul junior or senior.”
Salman was at a film festival at Norway last month, where Dabangg was screened to a packed house. Later, a huge crowd gathered outside the hotel where he was put up, to catch a glimpse of him.
“I don’t remember the last Bollywood film that was screened in Norway. The overwhelming response there is a good enough reason to bring Chulbul and Rajjo back,” he says. For the moment though, he is focussed on his reality show, Bigg Boss 4, which premiered yesterday. Ask him if he had any personal choices about who he would have wanted to imprison in the house, and he says, “My friends, Govinda, Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), Sunny (Deol), Jaggu (Jackie Shroff) and Aamir (Khan). And, if they’re in, I’m in too. The only condition is that they’ll have to eliminate us at the same time because, otherwise, we’ll cry. Aur mard roya nahi karte (Men don’t cry).”
As for competition with Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati and Akshay Kumar’s MasterChef, he says, “We space out our movies because ticket prices are steep... But, on TV, you can watch us for free and can enjoy all the shows simultaneously. So, where’s the competition?”