The iconic character of Chulbul Pandey, the whistle-inducing dialogues, the crackling romantic moments — these are the elements that made Dabangg memorable! Writer Dileep Shukla talks about what will make Dabangg 2 unforgettable…
by Sonia Chopra
In Dabangg, you had already established characters…What happens now?
We’ve taken the story forward from where Dabangg ended. Chulbul and Rajjo, now a married couple, move to Kanpur. They are in a big city now, and Chulbul encounters bigger goons. He now fights-off three brothers who team up against him. The relationships in the family go through a change…The mother is no more, and the brothers are married. There was a problem between father son and between brothers, but that’s ironed out in the sequel. There’s still light-hearted ribbing among them, but no enmity.
How does Chulbul Pandey take to the new city?
You can leave Chulbul in a jungle, and he’ll still be cheerful. Several small cities in India are plagued by hooliganism. He has his own way of tackling it, but he has added responsibilities now. He now has to be a good cop, a good son, and a good husband.
And a good father? Doesn’t Chulbul turn dad in Dabangg 2?
Well, there is something like that happening in the film… (smiles).
How old does the kid turn in the film?
Now that I will not tell you! (Laughs).
Can you name three things one can look forward to in Dabangg 2?
That’s easy. One is Salman Khan, second is Salman Khan and the third is also Salman Khan! Dabangg is about Chulbul Pandey, and Salman Khan has merged completely with this character.
There is going to be bharpoor entertainment in the sequel. The romance between Chulbul and Rajjo is very nice, and there are some wonderful songs like in the first part. Even Makkhi’s scenes (Arbaaz’scharacter) are fantastic and there are some interesting moments with him and Chulbul. We are carrying forward Dabangg’s andaz in the sequel.
Dabangg’s success spawned a lot of similar films. It seems to have become a genre in itself!
Absolutely. Before Dabangg, people had stopped making films about cops. Even if the film featured a policeman, he would be the typical serious sort—worried about his family and fighting injustice. But we made the cop’s character entertaining. Chulbul is mischievous, such that he even breaks the law at times. He follows only his own system.
I have spent my childhood in a small village in Uttar Pradesh. I have seen thanedaars and heard stories about them. Somewhere I have absorbed all this, which came out in my writing. Chulbul Pnadey is made up of my experiences when I was growing up. The character has stemmed from the thaanedaars I have seen and heard about!
You’re also writing the Khan family’s next home production… Which genre is that film?
Sohail’s next film is also an actiondrama. It will star Salman and will be very different from Dabangg. We are planning to go on the floors in early 2013.