Priyanka Chopra’s sudden decision to leave Salman Khan’s Bharat to get engaged to Nick Jonas, came as a surprise to many.
Just after the news was announced, rumours spread like wildfire about a bitter split between Salman Khan and PeeCee, some claiming that the actor had “vowed” never to work with PeeCee again.
In an interview to an entertainment portal, Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan cleared the air and said, “It’s okay whatever happened. Priyanka is not doing Bharat, let her be. Such things happen in our industry,” he said.
He also added, “Nope, it’s not the nth hour. And I repeat, such things happen- sometimes they happen for date issues, or the role, or even the money aspect. Aur kabhi aadmi ki kuch apni majbooriyan hoti hai. I haven’t yet got into the details of why Priyanka left Bharat, but we shall soon cast someone else. We are not upset with Priyanka. Salman Khan is also not upset.”
When asked who will replace Priyanka in the movie, Salim said anyone could do it. “Koi bhi aa jayeja (uski jagah par). Bahut saare log hain. (Anyone can replace here. There are many people),” he said.
Ali Abbas Zafar had tweeted amiably about Priyanka’s exit, “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.”
The latest rumour is that Katrina Kaif has been roped in for the female lead in the film.
Rumour has it that Nick proposed to Priyanka on her 36th birthday, during their flying England visit.
Priyanka and Nick sparked rumours when they arrived at last year’s Met Gala together, both dressed in Ralph Lauren creations. The actress had explained on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, “We were both wearing Ralph Lauren and we decided to go together. It was fun.”
It was Priyanka’s Quantico co-star Graham Rogers who introduced them, Nick revealed. “We met up like in New York the first time and the same day I think we found out that we are both going to the Met Gala with Ralph Lauren. And as strange as it sounds but we couldn’t have planned it. We just had a great time. She’s a lovely person,” he had said in an interview last year.
Over the past few months, Priyanka and Nick have just grown closer. PeeCee attended Nick’s cousin’s wedding and met his family. Nick visited Mumbai, and had dinner with Priyanka’s mother, Madhu Chopra. Nick and PeeCee are expected to tie the knot in October.