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Salman Khan: Priyanka Chopra Was Never The First Choice For 'Bharat'

Written By Athulya Nambiar | Mumbai | Published:


  • Salman Khan revealed that Priyanka Chopra was never the first choice for 'Bharat'
  • The actor revealed the details about the casting at the launch of 'Bigg Boss' season 12

Salman Khan who will soon start hosting the twelveth season of the television reality show 'Bigg Boss’ was present at the official launch of the show which was held in Goa. At the event held on Tuesday, September 4, apart from announcing the first 'jodi' to compete in the house, the actor also answered several questions pertaining to his work and life to the press present at the meet.

Salman Khan is currently filming for Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Bharat’. The film had recently made headlines when the lead actress of the film Priyanka Chopra walked out of it, a week before the film was to go on floors. The director of the film had taken to social media, to announce Chopra’s exit and even congratulated her on her life ahead. This sparked reports about Priyanka’s impending wedding to American singer Nick Jonas. Following this, there were reports that Salman Khan was annoyed at Priyanka Chopra's last moment decision. However, at the trailer launch of ‘Loveratri' he cleared the air by saying that he was absolutely okay with Priyanka not doing the film as it was her decision. Priyanka Chopra was later replaced by actress Katrina Kaif, who reportedly was supposed to have a cameo appearance in the film.

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Now, during the press conference at the launch, when Khan was quizzed about 'Bharat', he revealed that Priyanka Chopra was never the first choice for the film. He said that it was Katrina who was initially offered the film. He further said that it was the 'Mary Kom' actress who called up Ali Abbas Zafar and expressed her desire to be a part of the film, post which the actress was considered for the role.

Salman Khan further said that he hopes all her other projects do well and now that she is engaged, he hoped that she gets married and leads a happy life. The first schedule of the film was shot in Mumbai and Malta respectively. The team will be shooting the third schedule in Abu Dhabi and the film is slated to release on Eid 2019.  Meanwhile, at the launch, Salman Khan introduced comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa as the first pair of contestants of 'Bigg Boss' season 12. The show will premiere on September 16. 



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