Sonakshi Sinha keeps mum over her future in the Dabangg series

Akira actress refuses to confirm or deny whether she will be part of the third film in the franchise.

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Mayur Lookhar

The occasion was the launch of her song from Akira, but Sonakshi Sinha was bound to face the all-important query: will she be part of Dabangg 3?

A few weeks back, fans were shocked to hear that Salman Khan had decided to drop Sinha from the third instalment of the Dabangg franchise. Khan was reportedly upset with her for having turned down his brother's film Dolly KI Doli (2015).

The Dabangg star was later spotted dining with Parineeti Chopra, which fuelled rumours that the Ishaqzaade (2012) actress was likely to play Rajjo in Dabangg 3.

A few days later, Arbaaz Khan, producer of the Dabangg franchise and director of the second instalment, told The Times of India newspaper that Sinha was very much part of the film, but he also hinted that Dabangg 3 was likely to have two lead heroines. There was a certain ambiguity in Arbaaz Khan's statement and it failed to reassure Sinha's fans that she would be retained.

Ironically, at a time when Sinha herself is turning into a Dabangg-style heroine with the action-packed Akira, there is ambiguity over her future in the franchise. asked if there was any truth in the reports, but she chose to keep mum. "I have said what I wanted to say about this issue," she replied.

Interestingly, back in 2013, when the same issue had cropped up, Sinha had told DNA newspaper, “I don’t know if I will be in Dabangg 3. It all depends on the plot and how they want to take it forward. From what I have heard, they want to make a prequel. If that is the case, I may not be in the film and that’s absolutely fine.”

Later, at the Akira presser, Sinha was asked about Arbaaz Khan’s comment, but she dodged the question, saying, “You need to ask the producer Arbaaz Khan.”

Sinha is currently shooting for Abhinay Deo’s Force, and she has also been signed up for Sunhil Sippy’s Noor, which is in the pre-production stage. Salman Khan, meanwhile, has started work on Kabir Khan's Tubelight. This means Arbaaz Khan will only be able to begin shooting for Dabangg 3 next year.