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Talking about Dabangg 2, Salman and Arbaaz Khan counter the claim that the film is too similar to the first instalment of the franchise.
During the scripting process, actor Salman Khan and his brother, producer-director Arbaaz Khan, would often debate — and sometimes also argue — over the evolution of Chulbul Pandey's character in Dabangg's sequel.
"The progression is organic because the circumstances that Chulbul finds himself in, have changed. But a writer writes the script in his living room. When these aspects are discussed or they come up while shooting of the film, opinions can differ," explains Salman.
However, the arguments have not proved futile and the brothers have delivered a blockbuster, with the film having collected Rs 65.16 crore by Monday morning. The numbers match the industry's expectations from the second instalment of the franchise but the critics who lauded the first part, have expressed reservations regarding the sequel. The complaint is that the makers have turned Dabangg's first part into a formula, applying the same elements — dialogues, slow-motion action sequences and characterisation, family drama and a baddie — to the sequel to deliver a film that is highly reminiscent of the first part.
Arbaaz, who makes his directorial debut with the film, however, is unfazed by the reviews as he believes that it is tough to keep everyone happy. He adds that sequels are of two kinds. "The first are the sort that completely change the setting of the film, such as the Munnabhai series, where even the leading ladies are different. The second are like the Rocky series, where the characters and formula remain the same, but the character's life story moves ahead. In such cases, some characters, including that of the lead, are carried forward and see only limited progression," points out Arbaaz. "And Dabangg 2 belongs to the latter kind," he adds.