Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2: Inside the studio

Dabangg 2
MUMBAI: Arbaaz Khan who started shooting the sequel to Dabangg earlier this month, is leaving no stones turned to ensure that the Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap’s presence is not missed in the sequel.

While Arbaaz takes the director’s chair effortlessly, and we hear he’s perfectly in control of every department, Salman Khan is almost a co-director on location. Apparently Sonakshi and the rest of the cast looks towards both Arbaaz and Salman for approval after every shot.

“Only when both Arbaaz and Salman approve is the shot approved,” says a source.

And now we hear Salman’s old friends the director duo of Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao is being roped in to direct the songs of Dabangg 2. Sapru and Rao who are currently busy directing their feature film I Love New York with Sunny Deol and Kangna Ranaut, have left behind their schedule and rushed to shoot the first song of Dabangg 2 on 27 March.

Sapru and Rao go back a  long way with Salman.  Salman’s protégées,the duo directed Lucky: No Time For Love with Salman in the lead.The film is best remembered for the haunting Lata Mangeshkar-Adnan Sami duet Ek ajnabee sa ehsaas dil ko sataaye.

The romantic song that Vinay and Radhika will shoot with Salman and Sonakshi on March 27 has been given the reference from the lilting Lata-Adnan song from Lucky.

When contacted Vinay Sapru confirms the duo’s contribution to Dabangg 2. “Yes, Radhikaji and I are shooting some songs for Dabangg 2. The first one next week. We’ve always considered Salman an architect of our careers. And if he asks us to something we don’t think twice.”

The last time one heard of a special duo being roped in to shoot songs was for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A love Story where Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Farah Khan had directed the songs.