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As strange as it may sound, Katrina Kaif knew beforehand that Ali Abbas Zafar would really miss her on the sets of Bharat, despite signing Priyanka Chopra for the film. However, she still had faith that she'll be the leading lady and finally got her way, as PeeCee backed out from the film due to her engagement and wedding plans to Nick Jonas. Ali Abbas Zafar opened up to Times of India by saying,
"It's bizarre, but let me share this. When we finished Tiger Zinda Hai, Katrina smiled and told me that I am going to miss her on my next film. At that time, I was quite clear that Priyanka is going to do Bharat. Katrina laughed and told me that she will find some way to be a part of the film. Now she is a part of Bharat, so maybe it was destiny."
Ali Abbas Zafar Congratulated Priyanka & Nick
"Obviously, there are a lot of special things happening in her life professionally and personally. We wanted to wish her from team Bharat and there was nothing more and nothing less," he said to TOI.
All's Well Between Ali Abbas Zafar & Priyanka Chopra
"She is a dear friend, so I can't feel hurt or angry with her. Priyanka also came with very valid reasons and I couldn't say no to them. Acting and directing is our profession. Whatever is beyond that is our personal life."
The Director Further Commented
"Somebody who is part of the fraternity needs to value your professional as well as your personal life. We can't be insensitive and I am not that kind of a person. I understood her point and where she was coming from."
On The Work Front
The crew of Bharat is currently shooting in the tiny island of Malta and Salman Khan has been sharing a few pictures from the sets on his Twitter handle.