Salman Khan is busier than ever before and 'bhai' Arbaaz understands this well too. So while multiple assignments picked up by Salman means that his dates are coming at a premium, it hasn't left Arbaaz untouched as well, what with Dabangg 2 further getting pushed. Though the film was earlier supposed to begin towards end of this year and was later pushed to first quarter of 2012, as things stand today Dabangg 2 won't go on floors before June/July next year which means it would now release only in 2013.
Says a source close to the family, "Salman's stocks have sky rocketed after giving three blockbusters in a row - Ready, Dabangg and Wanted. He has been flooded with assignments but instead of working on multiple films at the same time, he is choosing to do only one film at a time. He is currently wrapping up Bodyguard and would soon be leaving abroad for the shoot of Ek Tha Tiger. This means that Dabangg 2 would have to wait."
One wonders in that case when would Salman's other films like Kick, Sher Khan and an untitled film with Rensil D'Silva begin. Meanwhile Arbaaz doesn't mind waiting for Dabangg 2 as he rightly believes that Salman's market value would only grow further by the time they are ready with the sequel.
"Salman is busy and I have to respect that. He has clearly said that his first priority is to clear all the backlog and only then start a new film. He isn't doing too many films but for someone of his superstar status, working on 2-3 films a year also requires huge effort. I am waiting for him and most likely would start shooting for Dabangg 2 only in the middle of next year", says Arbaaz who would be managing the twin responsibility of producing as well as directing the film.
Well, one now hopes that Salman indeed is considering Dabangg 2 as a part of his immediate plans and picks up the film on priority next year at the least.