‘Bharat’ director Ali Abbas Zafar opens up about Priyanka Chopra leaving the project

Salman Khan‘s ‘Bharat’ is this year’s much-anticipated release. The magnum opus has generated tremendous buzz ever since its trailer got released. But those who are unaware, Priyanka Chopra was the first choice to play the female lead. After her exit, the role went to Katrina Kaif. Director of ‘Bharat’ i.e. Ali Abbas Zafar has now broken his silence on Priyanka’s exit and whether it could have delayed the release if PeeCee had been part of the project.

Ali Abbas Zafar in an interview with news agency PTI talked about how he still shares a friendly relation with Priyanka and said, “She (Priyanka) had a genuine reason. She was going through something very special in her personal life. It was affecting our dates. If we would have accommodated her into the film, it wouldn’t be releasing on Eid this year.”

The ‘Tiger Zinda Hai‘ director further added, “Priyanka and I are very close friends even now. We text, we talk all the time. I haven’t asked her if she has seen the trailer, I’m sure she must’ve.”

Katrina Kaif then replaced Priyanka and it seems to be a seamless transition. Ali was all praises for Kat and said, “We were fortunate that Katrina, back then, was shooting ‘Zero’ and ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ and the films were getting over. Her dates opened up and she came on board instantly. I just sent her the script to read and she said she is doing it. It was that quick.”

‘Bharat’ also stars Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Disha Patani in lead roles. ‘Bharat’ is releasing on the holy occasion of Eid.

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