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Katrina Kaif says she was Bharat producer’s first choice to play film’s female lead, not Priyanka Chopra

Katrina Kaif has said that Bharat producer Atul Agnihotri wanted to cast her in the lead role before Ali Abbas Zafar roped in Priyanka Chopra.

bollywood Updated: Apr 29, 2019 20:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Katrina Kaif plays Kumud Raina in Bharat. A role that first went to Priyanka Chopra.
Katrina Kaif plays Kumud Raina in Bharat. A role that first went to Priyanka Chopra.

Actor Katrina Kaif was roped in as the lead of Salman Khan’s upcoming film Bharat last year after Priyanka Chopra quit the project mere weeks before the shoot was to begin. Now, in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Katrina has said that she, and not Priyanka Chopra, was always producer Atul Agnihotri’s first choice for the film.

“Atul has always been very supportive and really wanted me to do the film. And in the end, that’s what happened. Yes, Salman and I share great chemistry, but when I walked onto this set, I was very clear that the script demanded a different kind of dynamics between us and I had to maintain it,” she said. Katrina and Salman will be seen together again after working together in films like Maine Pyaar Kyu Kiya, Partner, Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai.


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Talking about working with Salman, Katrina said, “I would not have lunch or hang out with him. It’s different with an action film like Tiger where you can chat and chill. But here, I wanted Bharat and Kumud to appear like two people meeting for the first time and forging a connection. I hope you see that in the film,” she said.

Recently in an interview, Bharat director Ali Abbas Zafar had said that there is no bad blood between him and Priyanka post her exit from the film. “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.

Bharat is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father. The film also stars Sunil Grover, Nora Fatehi and Disha Patani. Jackie Shroff is essaying the role of Salman’s father. It releases on June 5.

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First Published: Apr 29, 2019 20:00 IST

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