Salman Khan starrer Bharat became one of the most talked about films off late when global star Priyanka Chopra suddenly walked out of the film. Bollywood enthusiasts were left shocked last month when director Ali Abbas Zafar confirmed that Priyanka Chopra is no more a part of the movie. Even though PeeCee was replaced by Katrina, everyone wanted to know Salman’s reaction to Priyanka’s exit
There were several reports stating that Salman has sworn to never work with Priyanka again and he is very upset with her, however, the former had not reacted to any news so far. But, at the launch of Loveratri’s trailer, a film starring his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma, Salman reacted to the reports.
When asked by a reporter if he had been reading any of the reports around Bharat and the reasons behind Priyanka’s exit, Salman said, “Main akhbaar padh nahi raha hoon pichle teen-chaar din se, inhi cheezon main busy hoon, jab main padh loonga toh apka jawaab zaroor doonga. (I have not been reading the newspaper in the past 2-3 days, I have been busy. When I do happen to read it, I shall definitely answer your question.)”
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When it was announced that Priyanka is not doing the film, it was reported that Salman has not taken the exit lightly. However, in an interview with a media portal, Salman’s father Salim Khan slammed the rumours and said that this is nothing new in the industry. “Such things happen. Sometimes they happen for date issues, or the role, or even the money aspect. Aur kabhi aadmi ki kuch apni majbooriyan hoti hai. I haven’t yet got into the details of why Priyanka left Bharat, but we shall soon cast someone else. We are not upset with Priyanka. Salman Khan is also not upset.”
After several rumours, on July 26, Ali tweeted, “Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of @Bharat_TheFilm & and the reason is very very special, she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her … Team Bharat wishes @priyankachopra loads of love & happiness for life.”
Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of @Bharat_TheFilm & and the reason is very very special , she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her … Team Bharat wishes @priyankachopra loads of love & happiness for life 😊😉😍
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) July 27, 2018
His post left people speculating the reason of Priyanka’s sudden drop out. While many say that it was her engagement to Nick Jonas, Priyanka has also signed her next Hollywood movie, Cowboy Ninja Viking, opposite Chris Pratt as the female lead.
The first schedule of Bharat has been wrapped up, and the next schedule will be shot in Malta. Bharat also stars Disha Patani and Tabu, among others in pivotal roles.