Not competing with first 'Dabangg', says Arbaaz Khan

Actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, who is donning the hat of a director for the sequel of Salman Khan starring blockbuster 'Dabangg', says he is not looking to compete with the original movie.

"When I did the first one ('Dabangg') my intention was to tell or make a story that I believed in and I was excited about. This is exactly what I am going to take get excited about the story that I am going to tell and not worry what happened in the past," he says. "If that kind of sincerity, honesty and dedication is there to this film, then everything else will be taken care of by itself. 

So I am not competing with the first 'Dabangg', I am trying to create another 'Dabangg'," he adds. The 2010 action film, directed by debutant Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz, became the highest grossing film of the year. The Salman-Sonakshi Sinha starrer went on bag several awards at different award ceremonies, including the National award. Arbaaz will not only produce the sequel and but also take over as director from first-timer Abhinav Kashyap, who has opted out of the second instalment, that will see story being shifted to a larger city. 

Though the original lead cast of Salman and Sonakshi Sinha has been retained, actor Sonu Sood, who played the baddie in the first part, has been replaced by Prakash Raj to play the villain. "I have not finalised the location yet. There are a couple of locations that I am looking forward to. 

I had recce Bhopal, I might even look at Lucknow and Kanpur for some work there. I will finalise the location in sometime," says Arbaaz. The sequel will go on floors in March and will be release in Christmas this year. 

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