When the news of Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan starring together in Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming film ‘Bharat’ broke, the excitement of their fans had no bounds. After almost a decade, the two were being paired opposite each other in a Bollywood film. But in a shocking turn of events, Priyanka backed out from the project last moment. The first schedule was about to begin in a few days when director Ali Abbas Zafar announced Priyanka’s exit from the star cast. The actual reason wasn’t revealed but it was said that it was Priyanka’s decision to quit the film.
Needless to say, Ali Abbas, Salman and the entire cast and crew were pretty upset and taken aback by Priyanka’s sudden decision. In a few days of her walking out of ‘Bharat’, the rumours of Priyanka getting engaged to American singer Nick Jonas started doing the rounds. The two officially exchanged rings in the presence of their parents and family in a formal Roka ceremony in Mumbai. Although Priyanka was soon replaced with Katrina Kaif for ‘Bharat’, rumour has it that Salman is quite miffed with desi girl. It is being said that Priyanka’s last-minute exit from the project hasn’t gone well with the superstar. But Salman didn’t express any hard feelings in the recent interview in which he spoke about ‘Bharat’ and Priyanka Chopra.
“She (Priyanka) had a reason to do that. It’s just that the project got stuck. Had we known earlier, we could have worked it out better. She was getting engaged and I told her, ‘If you are getting engaged, what’s the need (of exiting the project)?’ Then she said, ‘Shaadi karni hai’ to which I said ‘Toh shaadi kar lo’.”
He further added, “Priyanka’s work was for 75-80 days. Shaadi ke liye chaar din ka preparation, aur chaar din ki shaadi, aath din ke andar ho gayi aur phir uske baad honeymoon. So, we said we will work it out. But she was very clear that she didn’t want to be a part of the film.”
Salman also made certain revelations about the actress. He stated that Priyanka, apparently, called up his sister Arpita numerous times to ask for a part in the film with him. He revealed that, at the time, Priyanka was very eager to work with him in ‘Bharat’.
“It must have been very difficult for her to make this decision because she was very keen to work on this project. She has called up Arpita a thousand times, saying, ‘I want to work with Salman’. She has even called up Ali (Abbas Zafar, director) and told him, ‘See if you can get me something in this film’.”
The actor ended the interview on an amicable note, without any hard feeling towards Priyanka. “Not doing this had to be because of the wedding or because she doesn’t want to work with me anymore. It could also be because she doesn’t want to work in humari industry (Bollywood) or wants to work only in Hollywood. Whatever she wants to do, I wish her all the best in life. We are glad that she is engaged and happy.”
Salman is currently shooting for the film along with the rest of the star cast which includes Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu and Jackie Shroff. The film will hit the theatres in June next year.