Sonakshi, who was initially signed for Abbas-Mustan's Race 2, opted out of the film. Though the grapevine was ripe that the sole reason for Sonakshi's exit was Deepika Padukone, who was reluctant to share a screen space with the Dabangg girl. But the rumours are proved false.
In reality, Sonakshi Sinha was juggling between Race 2 and Dabangg sequel. Sonakshi was the lead actress of the original Dabangg, opposite to Salman Khan. So, it's obvious that she would take the lead even in the sequel.