Actor and filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar termed it a proud and emotional moment as his daughter Saiee Manjrekar will be making her Bollywood debut with Salman Khan starrer “Dabangg 3” later this year in December. Dabangg fans will also be surprised to hear that Manjrekar himself will once again be performing the role of Sonakshi Sinha’s alcoholic father, Halia, who had passed away in the first film. “I reprise my role of Haria. It’s a cameo which is there to establish Chulbul’s journey. I had one scene with Saiee and Salman, and it was wonderful to be in the same frame as my daughter. I felt proud and emotional,” he said.
Manjrekar also revealed that Saiee had always wanted to be an actor even though his eldest daughter is a chef. According to a media report, Saiee is set to play the girl who Salman Khan falls in love with during his college days. A source familiar with the matter informed that, “She plays Salman’s love interest and her role is primarily in the prequel. However, life comes full circle as the character has relevance to the conflict Chulbul is battling in the present. Saiee has shot for major portions of her part which include a song with Salman opposite her. The film’s lead female actor is still Sonakshi Sinha.”
“Dabangg 3” is produced by Salman Khan’s brother, Arbaaz Khan and has no involvement of Bollywood star Malaika Arora. “The shoot of Dabangg 3 is going well. We are in for a very long schedule. We have completed almost 60% of the film. Hopefully we will wrap up the entire shoot by September and are looking forward to the release in December end,” he said while shedding light on the status of the film. It is directed by Prabhu Deva and will be screened in cinemas throughout the world on December 20.