Katrina replaces Priyanka Chopra in ‘Bharat’, confirms director

Salman Khan’s upcoming film Bharat has been making headlines since Friday for Priyanka Chopra leaving it film to get married to singer Nick Jonas. The search for her replacement after the film began its shoot had begun immediately and now and new leading lady is Katrina Kaif, director Ali Abbas Zafar confirmed.

Katrina will begin shooting for the film in September, Ali Abbas told Mumbai Mirror. Salman and Katrina have worked in several films earlier including Tiger Zinda Hai and Ek Tha Tiger, Partner, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya among others.

The Bharat director told the daily, “I am extremely excited to work with Katrina and Salman again. We have had exciting collaborations in the past. Katrina got on board in the ‘Nick’ of time for this project.”

On Friday morning, Ali had tweeted about Priyanka quitting Bharat. He wrote, “Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of Bharat the film and the reason is very very special, she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her. Team Bharat wishes Priyanka Chopra loads of love and happiness for life.”

Later in the day, People magazine confirmed Priyanka and her boyfriend Nick Jonas are indeed engaged. On this, CEO of Reel Life Productions, Nikhil Namit, who’s producing the film, called the PeeCee unprofessional for opting out of the film in the last moment. “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,” Mid-Day quoted him as saying.

“Yes yes yes … we will announce the leading lady of Bharat soon.. We have been shooting non-stop and the simultaneously preparing for international schedules,” Ali tweeted on Saturday morning.

Bharat went on floors earlier this month with the first schedule being that of a pivotal circus sequence. Salman Khan’s Bharat also stars Disha Patani, Tabu and Nora Fatehi.