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Salman Khan’s latest release ‘Dabangg 3’, which hit screens on December 20, has been trimmed by almost nine minutes as the film was criticised for being too long at over two hours.

The film reportedly had too many songs and was slammed because it served as a hindrance in the narrative.

According to Bollywood Hungama, the producers of ‘Dabangg 3’ decided to shorten the film by nine minutes from the second day of its release. Theatres were instructed to play the revised version with immediate effect.

A source told the website: “Out of nine minutes, approximately eight minutes have been removed from the first half. The song ‘Awara’, featuring Salman and Saiee Manjrekar, has been edited out. Also, their other song ‘Naina Lade’ has been slightly trimmed. Moreover, a few comedy scenes didn’t elicit the desired laughs from the moviegoers. Those too have been chucked out from the revised version.”

The major issue with the third instalment of the ‘Dabangg’ franchise is that the tracks are not that memorable. Moreover, there are four romantic songs in the film, two in each half with both the heroines.

The song featuring Sonakshi Sinha, who plays the role of Rajjo in the franchise, has not been cut out.

“The viewers majorly had issues with the first half being too long. So most of the trimming was done in the pre-interval sequence. As for the second half, a few scenes have been shortened,” the source said.

‘Dabangg 3’ collected Rs245 million (Dh12.6 million) at the Indian box office on its first day of release on Friday and added Rs247.5 million on Saturday.