Easy or difficult is not the question. A film should have everything from drama to emotions. That is what makes it entertaining. I like to write issue-based films like Damini, but since the audience looks for entertainment I feel that is what they should get from me.
What was the inspiration behind Chulbul Pandey?
Previously we had honest cops. They were stern, aggressive, with morals and used to beat up the villains. They represented the positive side of the society and villains represented the negative side. Since I grew up in Uttar Pradesh I saw cops of a completely different nature. Their style was very entertaining. I wanted to incorporate that style in the character of Chulbul Pandey.
Did you face any difficulties in writing Dabangg film?
Since I was writing about a corrupt cop, the challenge was: how much corruption should be included so that people consider him a hero, not a villain. Getting married to the girl he loves is a balancing act to create hero out of Chulbul Pandey. It was crucial but not easy.
How different is Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 2?
The basic style of Chulbul Pandey remains the same. He is still very witty with funny one-liners but this time he has to shoulder more responsibilities.
What is your next project?
I am working with Sohail Khan on his next project that will start from January-February next year.
Do you think scriptwriters get due respect in Bollywood?
Yes, they are given lot of respect. It has been only some time that I have been working in this industry and people still want to work with me. I feel that we earn respect. If we do good work we will be respected.
What would be your advice to budding scriptwriters in Bollywood?
There are a number of people who write after getting inspired from other people's work. I would advise everyone to be original so that they can portray their thought process in their writing and not follow an already known path.
What is your message for Dabangg 2 audience?
This time too Salman Khan has done wonders with his role. What the audience loved in Dabangg, they will get that in the sequel as well.
Do you feel that the film has changed with the change of the director?
The plot was already established with prequel and we just wanted to take that story forward. There is a lot of chemistry between different characters in Dabangg 2 and a few relationships have also changed. But Arbaaz Khan from Dabangg understood what the character and the film demanded and that has added to the growth of the film. Since his father was a writer he understands the nuances of writing and his target of entertaining the audience has not changed with Dabangg 2.
Why did Dabangg become a brand?
You never know what will actually gel well with the audience. Even during writing or making of the film, we had no clue that it would turn out to be so big. The fact that everyone loved this cop, who was corrupt in his own ways seem to have somehow connected with the audience.