Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; June 29, 2017)

Salman Khan’s dates are blocked for the next two years. His Tiger Zinda Hai releases this Christmas and then he starts shooting for an untitled dance film. That will be followed by Bharat and Dabangg 3. Salman sheds light on his hit franchise, “The script of Dabangg 3 is ready. It’s going to start during Bharat, which is Atul and Alvira’s (Agnihotri) film that Ali (Abbas Zafar) is directing. That starts after Remo’s film. Atul’s film requires some gaps. So between the schedules for Atul’s film, I will shoot for Dabangg 3.”

There were reports that Dabangg 3 will be a prequel — about Chulbul Pandey before he became Robinhood of his area. But Salman says that there’s a spin on that as well. “The story starts with Dabangg 3 in the present and then it goes back to the past, and then comes back to the present day again. It will have a prequel portion, but only as a flashback.”

Ask him to elaborate and he reveals, “So it’s Chulbul Pandey now and then — what has gone on in his life before part one and two. The flashback will show how Chulbul Pandey actually became Chulbul Pandey. The remaining part will be about what he’s upto now.”

Arbaaz Khan won’t be directing D3, Salman confirms, “He gets very hyper so we asked him to chill and take rest. He will produce the film this time.”