The megastar of Bollywood, Salman Khan is currently in the headlines post-Sushant Singh Rajput's demise as fans are trolling him for one of the stars, who bully for outsiders. Apart from that, Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap has also accused the 54-year-old actor of destroying his career. However, there is one interesting story is revolving around Dabangg that it was secretly edited by popular filmmaker David Dhawan, who didn't even took credit for it.
A source told Bollywood Hungama, “The rough cut of the film was around 4 hours long. Abhinav Kashyap, along with editor Pranav Dhiwar, then brought the duration down to 2 hours 40 minutes. However, the film still didn’t seem satisfying for Salman and Arbaaz Khan. This is when Salman approached director David Dhawan. David and Salman have a great relationship and both have collaborated on hit projects like Judwaa, Biwi No 1, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Partner etc. Also, David Dhawan has been an editor at one point and has edited memorable films like Saaransh, Naam, Sultanat etc and many of his own directorials as well.”
The source further added, “Salman requested David Dhawan to see if he can work his magic. And sure enough, David ji made good use of his editing skills. He not only brought down the duration to just 2 hours and 5 minutes, he also ensured that the film retained its essence. His version didn’t even compromise on the entertainment quotient. Even the Khans were happy and they decided to lock this version. Interestingly, David ji refused to take credit. He’s not even mentioned in ‘Special Thanks’ disclaimer in the beginning.”
Though we can't deny the fact that Abhinav deserves credit for Dabangg. “This doesn’t mean Abhinav Kashyap shouldn’t get credit. It’s because he shot the film so well and extracted fine performances that David Dhawan was able to edit it nicely. It was a team effort at the end of the day and everyone in the team was involved in the super-success of this flick, from Salman to Arbaaz to Abhinav to Sonakshi Sinha to music directors Sajid-Wajid and Lalit Pandit to Malaika Arora to Sonu Sood to David Dhawan and many others,” concluded the source.
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