Priyanka Chopra Jonas was set to make her comeback in Bollywood with Ali Abbas Zafar's Bharat. The global icon returned to India in July for the same, however, she was walked out of the film days before it went on floors. Before rumours could start doing the rounds, the filmmaker had himself announced her exit from Bharat and wished the actress luck for her future endeavours. In fact, Ali was the one who had partially informed the world about her wedding with Nick Jonas. Even today, the director has no grudges with Priyanka and talks to her at least twice in a month.
"Priyanka was doing the film but things happened. As a friend, she shared it with me and I told that her life is most important. She’s still a close friend. We laugh and talk twice a month. I’m very happy for her," he told Mumbai Mirror. After PeeCee's ouster, Katrina Kaif stepped into the shoes of desi girl and Ali is grateful that she came aboard for Bharat.
Speaking about Kat's decision to do his film, the filmmaker added, "I was honest with her and told her I was sending her a script. If she liked it, we’d discuss it further. She’s my closest friend in Mumbai. But on the work front, we’re very transparent with each other. If she doesn’t like something I’m doing, she lets me know and vice versa." Likewise, Katrina has also maintained that she didn't take up Bharat because of her equation with Salman and Ali.
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Bharat features Salman, Jackie Shroff, Nora Fatehi, Disha Patani, Tabu and Sonali Kulkarni in key roles. The film depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will sport five different looks in the film which is the remake of Korean film, An Ode To My Father. Jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri and Bhushan Kumar, Bharat releases this Eid (June 5).
As far as Priyanka's comeback is concerned, she will be seen in Shonali Bose's The Sky Is Pink with Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim. It is set to release on October 11.
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