I see the film as a spectator. I believe in sitting in a theatre, and wanting to whistle at whoever has done that scene. That is what I look for (in my films). Audience should not be saying, Chal aage bol na. It should not be ke kuch bhi dialogue bol diya
Salman, what can one expect in Dabangg 2? Does Chulbul Pandey come back as bigger and better?
A heavy responsibility was put on to Arbaazs (Khan) and my shoulders, but I think we have carried that responsibility well. We have given our best according to our sensibilities, now lets see hamaari sensibility aur audience sensibility tally karti hai ki nahin. But as far as bigger and better (is concerned), Chulbul Pandey does get bigger and better. One superb characteristic of Chulbul Pandey is that Chulbul is not a superhero. Hes a common man, hes got feelings. Hes got a heart; he gets hurt and he gets angry. He is disrespectful, he is funny. Hes corrupt, hes got a conscience all depending who he is interacting with. A bundle of contradictions. (But) its been quite a journey.
Is there anything that has changed around him?
There is the family Rajjo, Pandeyjieveryone is okay, but there is a bigger villain, bigger place, more corruption, more responsibilities and more love. As far as production values are concerned, paison se daal ke production jitna bada kar sakte the, woh kiya hai.
You have also been a part of films directed by Sohail (Khan). Did you find any difference between Arbaaz and him in their approach (to direction)?
(Theres) No difference at all. Arbaaz and Sohail are both very script driven and spontaneous. Its difficult for a director when an actor says, lets not shoot a film this way lets do it a different way... This is Arbaazs first film and he has done that very well. Today he is very happy with the way its shaped up. The destiny of Dabangg 2 decides the destiny of Arbaaz Khan.
Arbaaz had mentioned that he had the benefit of your experience as a star, so what were your key suggestions?
Its not very often that one makes suggestions, but maybe at crucial points where it may make a big difference. Ye nahin ki just for the sake of wanting to change something, kuch bol diya. If something is good, its good. Sometimes you