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Salman Khan may not have left filmmaker Anees Bazmee high and dry by bowing out of "No Entry Mein Entry," but the progress on the film doesn't look too promising either. The director said he's waiting for the superstar's dates.

"I had narrated the scrip to Salman (Khan) and he had liked it very much. But since he is playing a double role, we need a lot more dates of his. That is the only issue. Salman (Khan) is a very busy man these days. So it is between him and my producer Boney Kapoor to decide and lock the dates," Anees told Press Trust of India

This isn't Salman's maiden attempt at playing double roles. "Suryavanshi," "Karan Arjun," "Judwaa" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" are the films in which he's done the routine. 

Anees, in a quick chat with PTI last year, had told that there would be as many as ten heroines in the sequel. "All the three heroes of the film Salman, Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan will be seen in double roles and there will be ten heroines among them one will be Bipasha Basu. We will have a combination of actresses like two-three each established and newcomers," the news agency quoted him as saying.

As far as the rumour mills go, after Salman finishes "Sultan," he moves to Kabir Khan's next and then there's a Sooraj Barjatya film. There's also a "Kick 2" and "Bodyguard 2" on the anvil. If the 50-year-old decides to approve all these, chances of "No Entry Mein Entry" rolling anytime soon is doubtful. 

Meanwhile, having done commercial entertainers one after another, the superstar is apparently tired of the way such films pan out. He has decided to sign projects that have messages embedded in them. A few days ago, there were reports that he has been turning down projects from down South.