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Salman Khan says Priyanka Chopra quit Bharat at last moment: Her choice to work with Hollywood hero, not me

Salman Khan wished Priyanka Chopra on her future endeavours but also revealed she left the film 10 days before her shoot was to begin.

bollywood Updated: Aug 07, 2018 15:03 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Salman Khan,Priyanka Chopra,Bharat
Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra were to work together in Bharat.(Agencies)

After avoiding comment on Priyanka Chopra’s exit from their upcoming film Bharat, Salman Khan has finally said what is in his heart. The actor spoke at length about Priyanka’s decision to quit Bharat at the trailer launch of Loveratri in New Delhi on Monday.

Salman said that Priyanka informed them about leaving the film 10 days before her shoot was to begin. “I am really happy for her. Had we known that she has signed such a big film in Hollywood and known it well in advance, we would not have stopped her from leaving our film. She told us at the very last moment, just 10 days before shoot. My shooting had already begun but we got to know she wants to leave the film just 10 days before shoot,” he said.

Film’s director Ali Abbas Zafar wrote in a tweet in July that Priyanka was leaving the film in the ‘Nick of time’, hinting at her reported engagement to singer Nick Jonas. It was later revealed that she has also signed an action movie, Cowboy Ninja Viking with Chris Pratt.

Chopra is engaged to Jonas after a whirlwind two months of dating, People magazine, citing unnamed sources close to the pair, reported on July 27, 2018. ( AFP )

While Salman said the team was supportive of her for doing good work, he also said it was her choice if she wants to work with him or a ‘bada hero’ from Hollywood. “We said of course, if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. We were given different reasons back then. But whatever the reason may be, the wedding, the movie, or if she doesn’t want to work in an Indian movie, or doesn’t want to work with me, or work only in Hollywood film and TV, these are her reasons. We are really happy and supportive about her doing good work,” he said.

“So what if she doesn’t work here? She is making India proud out there. If she doesn’t work with Salman but works with a big hero in Hollywood, she is making India proud,” he added.

Earlier in the day, at the trailer launch in Mumbai, Salman was reluctant to talk about Bharat and Priyanka. He said he would talk about it at an event for Bharat.

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First Published: Aug 07, 2018 09:03 IST

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