The moody actor, known for doing as he pleases, has sacked Senthil, the DOP ofDabangg 2 within three days of the Arbaaz Khan film going on floors
Vickey Lalwani and Sonal Chawla (BOMBAY TIMES; March 19, 2012)
In the Hindi cinema industry, working on any Salman Khan starrer is not to be taken lightly. You are lucky if the actor likes you. Sajid-Wajid, Himesh Reshammiya and many others will tell you so. And if he doesn’t, then you may have to pay for it. Salman, who had earlier taken production calls for his films, has done it once again. Within three days of the film gong on floors, Arbaaz Khan’s maiden directorial has a replacement. Cinematographer Senthil Kumar (of Magadheera fame) has been asked to pack up. And Aseem Kumar, who had been working with Salman on Ek Tha Tiger had been asked to step in.
When contacted, Aseem confirmed that he has taken over Dabangg 2. The cinematographer said, “I don’t know why Senthil is not doing the film anymore. I got a call from Arbaaz Khan. He asked me if I was available to shoot for the film. I was glad to join the team. I start my work on Dabangg 2 from Tuesday. I have a great rapport with Salman Sir.”
Earlier, Senthil, who is regarded as one of the top-notch cinematographers in the Telugu film industry, was supposed to make his Bollywood debut with Dabangg 2. In fact, having seen his work down south, Arbaaz had specially asked him to work for his big-budget production. Excited about this, Senthil had in fact flown in much before the film went on floors and had been involved in the pre-production as well.
A unit member of Dabangg 2 told Mirror, “Senthil worked on Dabangg 2 for three days. There used to be long discussions about him and his style of working.”
The discussions soon turned into arguments. And before things got out of hand, Salman decided it was best if Senthil was replaced.
“Salman realised that he wouldn’t be able to get along with Senthil. The main problem was the cinematographer’s pace. Salman and Aseem get along really well during Ek Tha Tiger,” added the source.
Before Senthil, Mahesh Limaye was asked to be the cinematographer for the film. However, Limaye, who is working with Bhandarkar on Heroine, couldn’t adjust his dates for the project.
This is however, not the first time that Salman has taken production calls in his films. Earlier, he had brought in Himesh Reshammiya to compose the music for Bodyguard (which turned out to be a hit) when Pritam Chakraborty had already started work on them. Also, he had asked Sajid-Wajid to rework a song composed by Sohail Sen in Ek Tha Tiger since the actor did not quite like the beats of the same. This time too, a friend of the actor called up to say that the decision to replace Senthil was taken in the best interests of the project. “There is no animosity between Salman and Senthil. At times, certain tough decisions have to be taken,” added the friend. Senthil remained unavailable.
MEANWHILE…Salman loses Round One
Veer filmmaker Vijay Galani, who had filed a case against FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees) – the film body that was fighting on behalf of Salman Khan for recovering the actor’s outstanding payment of Rs 15 crore for the film has won the first round of the battle. The Court has given a ‘Stay Order’ on the ‘Non-cooperation Directive’ issued against Galani. This bestows Galani with the right to go ahead with any new venture that he would like to produce.
Happy with the order, Galani told Mumbai Mirror, “I am free. I was right. Else would I have gone to Court myself?”
On the other hand, reacting to Galani’s victory, FWICE General Secretary said, “We met up with Salman. We are not giving up. We are taking the matter to High Court.”
— Vickey Lalwani and Bharti Dubey