Irked by Priyanka Chopra's exit from Bharat, Salman Khan goes into overdrive to find leading lady
Apparently irked by Priyanka's exit from Bharat, superstar said to be in talks with Kat for role; Jacqueline also in contention
Bollywood fans woke up to rumours of Priyanka Chopra's engagement with beau Nick Jonas yesterday. Director Ali Abbas Zafar further fuelled speculation when he announced that the actor was no longer part of Bharat due to "a very special reason" and that she had informed them of the decision "in the Nick of time".
While Chopra's fans went into a tizzy about her rumoured impending wedding, Salman Khan, according to sources, has gone into overdrive mode to find a leading lady, with Katrina Kaif apparently being his first choice. Jacqueline Fernandez too is said to be in consideration.
Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez
A trade source tells mid-day, "Priyanka had been in talks with the Bharat team over the past two weeks about how she may have to opt out for personal reasons. Sensing Priyanka's iffy attitude, Salman initiated talks with Katrina during their Dabangg Reloaded Tour in the US. Other names — including that of Jacqueline — are also being tossed around.
But Katrina is likely to give her nod as soon as she returns from London." Nikhil Namit, CEO, Reel Life Productions, says, "Priyanka told us she had to exit due to her engagement, two days ago. It was a little unprofessional of her to do it so suddenly." Kaif and Zafar remained unavailable for comment.
Salman Khan talks about Priyanka Chopra's exit from Bharat