I might turn to direction in the future: Arbaaz Khan

By Dibyojyoti Baksi

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Arbaaz Khan is expanding his horizon. The actor debuts as producer with upcoming "Dabangg", starring elder brother Salman Khan and introducing Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi, and says he might venture into direction one day.

Arbaaz says he was dilly-dallying with his next career choice of opening up a production company when he chanced upon the script of "Dabangg" and found it to be the right one to venture upon for his debut production.

"Honestly, before I turned producer, I had no inkling. I was thinking of getting into production when I met Abhinav, the director of the film. He narrated the basic idea to me; I kind of got excided and my idea of turning into a producer re-emerged in my mind."

"I had no clue how I will execute the project, but I kind of almost committed to him then. I got my brothers involved; they heard what I was planning and Salman liked what we brought to him. That came to action and my production company was formed," Arbaaz told IANS in an interview.

The 42-year-old actor is not ruling out the possibility of venturing into direction.

"May be the transition from an actor to a producer to a writer or a director... I think something is on the cards; I am not too sure whether I will write or direct my next production, but I do have some inclination towards that. May be some time in the future I wouldn't discount the fact that I might probably direct some of my future films," said Arbaaz.

Arbaaz was sure Salman Khan would be the protagonist in his debut production.

"I was quite sure Salman would be the protagonist. I obviously had to pitch it to him and get his reaction. May be if he, for some reason, had not liked the proposal I would have to do another film with him. Fortunately he readily agreed to do the film as soon as the script was narrated to him," said Arbaaz.

Arbaaz decided to introduce Sonakshi as he found her apt for the role.

"We are introducing Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi. It's a very meaty and strong role. We had to go either with a star or