"May be the transition from an actor to a producer to
a writer or a director... I think something is on the cards;
I am not too sure whether I will write or direct my next production,
but I do have some inclination towards that. May be some time
in the future I wouldn't discount the fact that I might probably
direct some of my future films," said Arbaaz.
Arbaaz was sure Salman Khan would be the protagonist in his
"I was quite sure Salman would be the protagonist. I obviously
had to pitch it to him and get his reaction. May be if he, for
some reason, had not liked the proposal I would have to do another
film with him. Fortunately he readily agreed to do the film
as soon as the script was narrated to him," said Arbaaz.
Arbaaz decided to introduce Sonakshi as he found her apt for
"We are introducing Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi.
It's a very meaty and strong role. We had to go either with
a star or a very, very good new girl who brings in freshness.
We decided to go with the latter and we are extremely happy
and confident that we have finalized Sonakshi who really fits
the role and is a future star," he said.
Arbaaz is also playing a character role in the film. "I
play Salman's step-brother. That's the basic relationship between
the two characters."
Speaking about "Dabangg", he said: "It's predominantly
a drama action musical. It's absolute fiction but a very believable
kind of film."
Arbaaz said he will be producing films with mass appeal. "As
a producer I would predominantly like to make films that have
huge mass appeal. I don't necessarily want to go into a situation
of making niche films. I like films that work on a larger scale
and that come in every genre," he said.
Arbaaz declined to divulge the budget of his film but gave
an inkling of how heavily he has spent.
"It's a very big budget film considering I have done 60
days of shooting for the action sequence. Action is the most
expensive thing. People finish films in 60 days and I have only
shot action for 60 days. My climax took 25 days of shoot,"
Asked why he is not seen much in films or television of late,
he said: "I have come to a stage where it is important
for me to do quality work. I did my debut in 1996 with 'Darar'.
Since then till 2010, I had a chequered career. Some good films,
some not so good, and now I have come to a stage where if something
really exciting comes my way like 'Fashion', I would love to
"Dabangg" releases Sep 10.