Priyanka opted out of Bharat just days before she was to join the sets while Katrina was welcomed on the team in less than a week!
During the launch of Bigg Boss 12 and weeks after PeeCee’s exit, the 52-year-old superstar revealed that Priyanka was initially signed for the role after she requested director Ali Abbas Zafar that she wants to be a part of the film. Salman also added that Katrina Kaif was Baby’s (Salman’s sister Alvira Khan) and producer Atul Agnihotri's "first choice" for the female lead anyway: "I'm glad Katrina is part of the film. She was Atul's first choice. But Priyanka called Ali and said she wanted to do Bharat, so we considered her." Well, this definitely explains Katrina's quick entry to the cast after Priyanka's sudden exit?
Salman did not missed a chance to take a dig at the Quantico star and said "It was sweet of her to tell us five days before the shoot that she couldn't do Bharat,"
Since then, rumour mills had been abuzz with Salman being furious with Chopra’s sudden departure from the film.
A Bombay Times report quotes Salman saying that the 36-year-old actress not only rang up the director but also got in touch with Salman's sister Arpita Khan Sharma as she wanted to be cast in Bharat.
Salman has indeed insisted that "it's okay" but the underlying tone may have suggested otherwise: "I'm really happy for her. Had we got to know about it a little earlier that she had signed a big project there (Hollywood), we would have never stopped her." Said Salman.
PeeCee walked out of ‘Bharat’ because of her impending wedding with her alleged beau Nick Jonas. But Soon after her exit from Bharat, Priyanka signed two new projects, a Hollywood film, Cowboy Ninja Viking with actor Chris Pratt and Shonali Bose directorial The Sky is Pink.
No matter how hard Priyanka tries to mend ways with Salman, the 52-year-old star spoke at length about Priyanka Chopra’s voluntary exit from Bharat.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat is all set to hit screens on Eid next year. Ahead of that, Salman Khan will return to host the new season of Bigg Boss, which begins on September 16.