Prabhudheva has just finished shooting a marathon schedule of Dabangg 3 with Salman Khan. “We haven’t decided on anyone to do the item song in Dabangg 3. But everyone else seems to have decided on who’s to do an item song. I keep hearing about which actress is going to dance for us,” Prabhudheva chuckles over the media miscommunication.
What about Munna badnaam hua, the female version of the chartbuster item song Muni badnaam hui that features in Dabangg 3. That’s not an item song. If you mean a big actress or actor suddenly making an appearance, then that’s not an item song,” Prabhu argues correctly. He is gung-ho about the way Dabangg 3 has shaped up. “We are doing the best we can. But then the expectations riding on the franchise are frightening. Audiences expect Salman to be the same Chulbul Pandey and still they expect him to do something new. We have done what we could.”
About roping in Kannada superstar Sudeep to play the antagonist Prabhu says, “It had to be an actor who would be able to stand up in front of Salman. Sudeep is a huge star in Karnataka and a talent to reckon with. By getting him to play the negative role we’ve ensured there is no sense of sameness about Salman’s clash with the villain.”
It would be recalled that Salman had started his second innings with Wanted, the 2008 film that brought Salman back into the reckoning after a series of flops. Prabhudheva brushes off the comeback theory. “A superstar like Salman Khan didn’t need Wanted to make an impact. His career and stardom goes beyond the boxoffice.We’ve done what we could in Dabangg 3. Have we succeeded? We will know in December.”
Does Dabangg 3 have any takeaway dialogue like Wanted’s Ek baar jo commitment kar liye? Laughs Prabhu, “The line was not written to stand out. These things cannot be designed. When Salman Sir said the ‘Commitment’ dialogue, none of us thought it would create such an impact. Similarly Dabangg 3 may have lines that make the same impact.”
What should Dabangg fans expect in Part 3? Says Prabhu, “Audiences know what to expect. They also know my style of making films. So they can expect a fusion of the Dabangg tradition with my style.” Could we expect Prabhudheva to show up in Dabangg 3 with a dance cameo? “No way! Who would even look at me with Salman Khan around?”
Prabhudheva has a release as an actor on May 31. Reveals Prabhu, “Khamoshi in Tamil is a horror thriller with me and Tammannah Bhatia. I don’t think I’ve done anything like this before.We shot the entire film in one schedule In London.”