THESE two actors apart from Salman Khan were in the race to play Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg

Prabhudheva and Salman Khan's second collaboration Dabangg 3, after Wanted, will hit the silver screens on December 20. It was recently revealed how not Salman Khan but two other actors were to essay the role of Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg

THESE two actors apart from Salman Khan were in the race to play Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg THESE two actors apart from Salman Khan were in the race to play Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg Source : Press

Salman Khan is currently filming for the third instalment of the Dabangg franchise which will hit theatres on December 20, this year. Apart from Salman, we can't think of any actor who could have done justice to the role of the kickass cop Chulbul Pandey. But his will surely come as a surprise to you as Salman Khan was not the first choice for this role. Director Abhinav Kashyap who directed the first part wanted to cast Irrfan Khan or Randeep Hooda.

Arbaaz Khan in his recent interview said, "When Abhinav narrated the script to me, I asked him why he wasn't offering me the role of the Robin Hood cop. But more than Chulbul, he saw me as Makkhi, which was an extension of my role in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. He was looking to cast Randeep Hooda or Irrfan Khan as the lead then but neither of them had been finalised. I offered to produce the film for him and asked him what if we got Salman on board as Pandey Ji. He was instantly excited and things quickly fell in place."

Arbaaz Khan also confirmed that Mahesh Manjrekar's daughter Saiee Manjrekar will also be making her debut with this movie and seems like the perfect fit for the character she will essay in the movie. Arbaaz revealed that Salman has known Saiee for some time now and he knew she would fit the bill perfectly as an innocent young girl. Arbaaz further revealed that after they saw her perform, they knew she's exactly what they wanted for Dabangg 3. Talking about the shoot, Arbaaz revealed that only 60 per cent through and will wrap up the same by September, by which they will be left with three months for post-production.

After Wanted, Dabangg 3 marks the second collaboration between Prabhudheva and Salman Khan and it also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Kichcha Sudeepa in key roles.


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