Actor Salman Khan, known for his signature fighting/wrestling move as Chulbul Pandey from "Dabangg 3", has received a special WWE belt custom-made for him. As "Dabangg 3" hit the theatres on Friday, the actor has been honoured with a customised WWE Championship belt by the WWE celebrating the release of the film.
Fitted with side plates, featuring Salman's name emblazoned in gold, the news was exclusively revealed by Gaelyn Mendonca, host of WWE Now India, during the show.
Salman reprises his role of Chulbul Pandey in "Dabangg 3", which opened to an earning of INR 24.50 crore throughout all the states in India on Friday. The film was expected to collect around INR 25-30 crore but bore the brunt of the prevailing tension amid the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act.
Sharing the opening figures of the film, film trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter, "'Dabangg3' hits Rs20 crore+ on Day 1 thanks largely to Salman Khan's star power... Day 1 biz would've easily been much, much higher had it not been for the protests... Resultantly, biz kept fluctuating throughout the day... A substantial sum was lost due to this reason."
Just a day before the film released, the makers announced that they have "voluntarily" removed certain scenes from the film's title track "Hud Hud Dabangg". The film had attracted controversy after a Hindu outfit objected to a sequence in the title song that shows saffron-clad sadhus dancing with guitars. Earlier this month, Salman had addressed the controversy around the song, saying some people were trying to "get fame" by making a noise about the scene.
The film has been directed by Prabhudeva and also stars Kichha Sudeep, Sonakshi Sinha, Saiee Manjrekar, Arbaaz Khan, Mahie Gill, Dimple Kapadia, Pramod Khanna and Arbaaz Khan. Preity Zinta has also made a guest appearance in the film.