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Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar surprised everyone when he tweeted that Priyanka Chopra is no longer a part of his film, which also stars superstar Salman Khan. Ali in his tweet had said, "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."
Many believe that Ali was indirectly hinting about Priyanka Chopra's marriage with her rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas with his post. When he was asked about the same by a leading daily, he replied by saying, ''I haven't given away anything. It's called a sense of humour. As I said in my tweet, Priyanka had made a choice, because something very special was coming into her life. With all our heart and happiness and love, we've only wished her happiness."
After Peecee's Exit, Ali Shared Bharat Script With Katrina
After Priyanka Chopra's Exit, Ali signed Salman Khan's ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif for the film. ''Katrina is a very big superstar and I've worked closely with her in two films. I shared the [Bharat] script with her and she liked the role.''
'I Think Katrina Is Our Best Choice'
Ali has directed Katrina in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) in the past. He said, "We're thankful that we had some time in hand. I think Katrina is our best choice, and I'm thankful that she could accommodate [this film] in the middle of whatever she was doing.''
Did Salman Suggest Katrina's Name For Bharat?
He added, "The way Salman sir's and my vision is, we talk about everything. But he leaves the decision to me. Katrina was solely my decision, only for the reason that I've worked with her in two films, and her work was very nice."
Was The Script Offered To Kareena Kapoor As Well?
"When such things happen, as a filmmaker, you look for the person who's closest to the character you've written. At any given point, there are a lot of actors in contention, and you have to take a decision carefully.‘'
'I'd Love To Work With Bebo'
‘'It's also to do with the fact that it's such a big film - it spans six decades of India's history - that everyone's name will be in contention. Bebo (Kareena) is a fabulous actor and I'd love to work with her."
On a related note, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat is an official Hindi adaptation of the Korean film 'Ode To My Father'. The shooting of the film will take place in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India. Bharat, which also stars Disha Patani, Tabu and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles, is set to release on Eid 2019.