After the success of Bharat, Salman Khan is geared up to appear in his iconic character of Chulbul Pandey in the upcoming Dabangg 3. The prequel to the Dabangg franchise is being helmed by actor-choreographer-director, Prabhudheva.

While the leading actors and the team is completing the shoot at a brisk pace, producer Arbaaz Khan spilled the beans about the project in a recent interview.

WHAT? Salman Khan Was NOT The First Choice For Dabangg, THESE Actors Were!
WHAT? Salman Khan Was NOT The First Choice For Dabangg, THESE Actors Were!

Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee is to play the love interest of Chulbul in Dabangg 3. Speaking about her casting, Arbaaz Khan said, “Salman has known Saiee for a while. He was sure she fits the bill perfectly as an innocent young girl and after seeing her perform, we know she’s exactly what we wanted for Dabangg 3“, reports Mumbai Mirror.

He also made a shocking revelation that Salman Khan was not the first choice for the character of Chulbul Pandey. “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”, adds Arbaaz.

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