Priyanka Chopra walking out of Salman Khan’s film Bharat was a huge shock for the audience as well as for the cast and crew of the film too.Â Salman Khan earlier told ANI that the team was devastatedÂ as Priyanka informed themÂ just 10 days before her schedule. At the launch event of Bigg Boss 12, Salman Khan talked at length on Priyanka’s exit from the film. He revealed that for Bharat, Priyanka called his sister Arpita Khan for thousands of time. Also she called the director of the film Ali Abbas Zafar for the role in the film.
Salman told Bombay Times: “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) and told him, ‘See if you can get me something in this film’.”
He further revealed that Katrina Kaif was the first choice of Atul Agnihotri who is producing the film. Salman also said that the whole team is very happy that Katrina is on board.
“I’m gladÂ KatrinaÂ is part of the film. She wasÂ Atul’s first choice. But Priyanka called Ali and said she wanted to do Bharat, so we considered her,” said Salman.
Passing a snide comment on Priyanka leaving Bharat, actor said,Â “It was sweet of her to tell us five days before the shoot that she couldn’t do Bharat”
Talking to leading daily, Salman Khan recalled how Priyanka came to his place and stated that she won’t be able to do the film as she was having a genuine problem. Reports also suggest that Salman was so keen on working wit Priyanka that he was even ready to adjust the dates according to Priyanka’s wedding. In his interview with Bombay Times, Salman expressed that he feels Priyanka doesn’t want to work in Bollywood anymore.
“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 added in his interview to Bombay Times.
On work front, Priyanka is doing a Hollywood film with Guardian’s of Galaxy starÂ Chirs Pratt.Â Few reports suggested that Salman Khan was miffed with Priyanka as before she stated some other reason for leaving the project and later on sheÂ signed a big film in Hollywood.
“Whatever may be the reason – be it marriage or picture or her not being willing to work in India or with me, it’s her reason and we are really supportive about her doing good work. If she does not want to work with Salman Khan, it’s okay; she’s working with a big hero in Hollywood,“ leading daily quoted Salman.
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