The discussion about Priyanka Chopra’s exit from Bharat refuses to end. After it was reported that the actress opted out of the project due to her engagement with Nick Jonas, the latest buzz suggests that the Quantico actress decided to walk out of the project due to the lead actor Salman Khan. If sources are to be believed, the Bollywood-turned-Hollywood star was skeptical of the project when Tabu and Disha Patani were included in the cast. Things went out of hands when she (now accustomed to working in a disciplined manner in Hollywood) realised she couldn’t keep up with Khan’s late attendance and delayed schedule.
A source close to PeeCee told Bollywood Hungama, "Priyanka was put off when she got to know two other heroines were added to the plot, first Tabu and then Disha Patani. This is when Priyanka had her doubts. She also got to know about Salman’s habit of arriving late on the sets and starting his work way past lunch time, while his leading ladies’ scenes with Salman are shot in his absence. This is a work mode that did not suit Priyanka’s temperament, not after working in the unconditionally professional atmosphere in Hollywood and America."
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Grapevine also suggests that the actress was pursuing Khan relentlessly seeking an opportunity to be a part of Bharat. “This is true. Salman never lies. What he didn’t mention was that Priyanka went to meet Salman in Dubai to ask him for the heroine’s role in Bharat. And when she finally got it she didn’t want to do it,” the insider shared. The source close to Chopra added that although Bharat was a project she was eyeing, her focus is on taking up challenging roles instead of merely being associated with A-list stars.
“It is true that Priyanka Chopra pursued the role in Bharat in every way possible. But at this stage of her career working on roles that challenge her is more important than being seen with A-list superstars in Bollywood. Priyanka is all set to marry Nick Jonas. They will produce films together. She can co-star with anyone she wants,” the insider added.
Chopra has a few impressive movies in her kitty. She is currently filming Bollywood venture The Sky Is Pink, directed by Shonali Bose. She will be seen playing the role of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary’s mother. The project also stars Farhan Akhtar as Aisha's father and Zaira Wasim as Aisha. She recently wrapped Isn’t It Romantic? and has signed a project opposite Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt.
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