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Salman Khan on Priyanka Chopra’s decision to drop out of ‘Bharat’: ‘It is her reason’

  • Published at 11:25 pm August 7th, 2018
Salman Khan and Priyanka
Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra in 'Salam-E-Ishq'

Director Ali Abbas Zafar had on July 27 confirmed reports of Chopra’s exit through a cryptic tweet, prompting speculation that the actress pulled out of the project because of her rumoured engagement to American singer Nick Jonas

Actor Salman Khan on Monday addressed Priyanka Chopra’s decision to drop out of his upcoming film “Bharat,” saying he was happy for the actress, but the team got to know of it “at the end moment,” ANI reported.

Speaking at the trailer launch of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut film “Loveratri,” Khan said: “If we knew a little earlier that she has been signed for a very big film there, we would anyway never have stopped her. But... we got to know 10 days before her schedule began. She had come home. I said: ‘No problem, of course if you don’t want to do it, then don’t do it.’”

Director Ali Abbas Zafar had on July 27 confirmed reports of Chopra’s exit through a cryptic tweet, prompting speculation that the actress pulled out of the project because of her rumoured engagement to American singer Nick Jonas. It was later reported that Chopra had signed the tentpole movie “Cowboy Ninja Viking” co-starring Chris Pratt. The film, directed by Michelle MacLaren, is based on AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s comic series of the same name.

Chopra has not specified the reason for her exit from “Bharat.”

Khan implied that they did not know about Chopra’s Hollywood project when she left “Bharat.” “We were given some other reasons at that time, that, well, you all would understand!,” he said, hinting at Chopra’s rumoured marriage plans. “That might also be the reason, or maybe this one. Whatever it is – marriage, or some other film or she doesn’t wish to work in India at the moment, or she doesn’t wish to work with me, she just wants to do Hollywood films and TV shows, whatever be the reason, it is her reason.”

Chopra’s international launch pad was the ABC series “Quantico,” which aired its last episode on August 2. She has also starred in the Hollywood films “Baywatch” (2017) and “A Kid Like Jake” (2018). She is next set to appear in “Isn’t It Romantic” (2019) co-starring Liam Hemsworth. 

Khan said he was “really happy and supportive” about Chopra’s work. “Even if she isn’t working here, she is making India proud.”

Katrina Kaif has been cast in place of Chopra in “Bharat,” an official remake of the South Korean movie “Ode to My Father” (2014). The Eid 2019 release also stars Disha Patani and Nora Fatehi.


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