It’s been a year since Priyanka Chopra decided to opt out of Salman Khan starrer Bharat, but still it has been a hot topic of discussion. For the uninitiated, Priyanka left Bharat a few days before the shoot so as to tie the knot with Nick Jonas. She was later replaced by Katrina Kaif. The film also stars Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in the lead role and hit the screens on 5 June, 2019.
When Salman Khan was asked if he will work with PeeCee again, he told Mumbai Mirror, "I would definitely work with her in the future. If she gets me a meaty role, why wouldn't I work with her? I just need to love the story." However, it doesn’t seem to be true. A recent report in Bollywood Hungama suggests Priyanka lost out on working in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film due to Salman. When he was signed for the film, PeeCee was out of the project, the reports suggested.
Talking about the same, a close friend of Salman stated to the entertainment portal, "You think Bhai will ever work with her again? Not in this life. Bhansali had to choose between Bhai and Priyanka. And the choice is a no-brainer."Priyanka herself had revealed on Karan Johar's – Koffee with Karan – that she was in talks with Bhansali for a project and many other bigwig directors too. But, as per the report, it seems like, Priyanka might have to wait some more time to collaborate with Bhansali again.
Earlier, Salman had emphasised that he wanted Katrina for the film, saying, "Initially, Priyanka was very keen to do this film. Ali (the director) and we all thought it was Katrina Kaif's film. But Katrina and I did Tiger Zinda Hai just before that and Ali said that we need a girl who is 'Hindustani'. I said, 'Kamaal hai yaar! Tumhari dost hai, tumne itna kaam kiya hai. Tumko usme confidence nahin hai?' (You have worked with Katrina Kaif so much and yet you don't have confidence in her). I tried telling him, 'Why can't she (Katrina) pull off this role? She has been here (in India) for the last 20 years. She's done Raajneeti and...you've forgotten all that just because of one Bang Bang and films like that came and now she's not looking Indian.'"