UTV Motion Pictures has shot down reports that it has bought the rights of the Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Dabangg 2. Rumours were abuzz that UTV had purchased the rights of the 2010 blockbuster Dabangg‘s sequel for a whopping Rs 140 crore. UTV officials have put all the rumours at rest with their statement. “There have been irresponsible reports in certain sections of the media that UTV has bought the rights for Dabangg 2 for Rs 140 crore, despite clearly denying this. We would like to clarify that UTV has not purchased the rights of the movie in question. We have been very open about announcing our projects and communicated them to the media and will continue to do so. We hope this puts all the speculations to rest.” The original Dabangg was directed by Abhinav Kashyap. Filmmaker Arbaaz Khan would be wielding the megaphone for the sequel. It is slated for release this year end.