Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey


After facing a series of delays in the past two years, the much-awaited film Dabangg 3 is set to begin production on April 1.

Superstar Salman Khan, who is set to return to play his iconic character of Chulbul Pandey in the third instalment of the blockbuster Dabangg franchise, confirmed the development at the Dabangg Reloaded press conference in Dubai.

“We will start Dabangg 3 on 1st of April. Sonakshi (Sinha) is there. Prabhudeva is directing the film. So we start shooting in April and release the film in December,” said the superstar who will next be seen in Bharat.

Prabhudeva, who has been signed on to helm Dabangg 3, promises to retain the flavour of the franchise.

“Of course, we all know what Salman’s Chulbul Pandey is all about. That sense of masti (fun) will remain in the cop’s role. Everything, including the cast, remains the same. Salman, Sonakshi Sinha, Arbaaz (Khan). The music will be by Sajid-Wajid. Everything in Dabangg (3) is unchanged except me, the director,” said the choreographer-turned-filmmaker.

Kannada actor Sudeep has been roped in to play the lead antagonist in the film.