Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra were supposed to reunite for Ali Abbas Zaffar's film 'Bharat'. The much talked about project was supposed to be the comeback film of Priyanka after 2 years. However, just a few days before the shooting of the film, PeeCee said no to the project. Ali Abbas Zafar confirmed the news by writing on Twitter, "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."
No actual reason was given by anybody but media speculated that it might be because she is engaged to Nick Jonas, or she doesn't want to work with Salman. A day later, the news came that she has signed another Hollywood project with Chris Pratt and things started becoming clear.
In all this while, Salman remained quiet about whatever was happening around. And now, he has opened up. Recently, during an event to promote his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma's film Loveratri, he talked about Priyanka walking out of the project.
Salman Khan said, “I am really happy for her. Uss waqt hum ko ye pata chalta ke unhone wahan par koi bahut badi film sign ki hai aur hume thoda pehla pata chalta to hum waise bhi usko kabhi rokte nahi (If we had known then that she has signed a big Hollywood film, we wouldn’t have stopped her from leaving the film). End moment pe pata chala, shooting ke 10 din pehle pata chala. Shooting shuru ho gayi thi meri, par unke schedule se 10 din pehle pata chala ki who picture chhodna chahti hai. (We go to know at the end moment, 10 days before the shooting that she wants to leave the film)”
“We said of course, if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. Uss waqt kuchh alag reason diye gaye the hame (We were given another reason then..) Jo bhi reason hai, shaadi ka reason ho, ya picture ka reason ho, ya unko India main nahi kaam karna, ya mere saath nahi kaam karna, sirf Hollywood film aur TV show karna hai, wo unka reason hai. (Whatever it is, her wedding, Hollywood film or the fact that she does not want to work with me, it’s her reason.) We are really happy and supportive about her doing good work.”
“Agar yahan pe kaam nahi kare to kya hua, waha pe to who Hindustan ka naam roshan kar rahi hai. Agar Salman Khan ke saath kaam nahi karna, waha ke kisi bade hero ke saath kaam kar rahi hai to Hindustan ka naam to roshan hota hai na (If she doesn’t want to work here, there in Hollywood she is making our country proud. If she doesn’t want to work with Salman Khan, she’ll work with a top actor in Hollywood and make our country proud,” Salman said.
Here is his interview:
Well, now Katrina has stepped into the shoes of Priyanka and the shoots have already begun.