A lot has been said about Priyanka Chopra’s controversial exit from Salman Khan’s Bharat and Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif filling up her shoes. While everyone wondered it was superstar Salman Khan who convinced close friend Katrina to come onboard, the actress reveals that the real reason behind saying yes for Bharat was not Salman but director Ali Abbas Zafar.
At the 2018 Vogue Awards last night, Katrina Kaif told the media that her ‘very, very dear’ friend Ali Abbas Zafar had sent her the script, and it was the writing and the character that got her attracted towards the role. ‘We’ve worked together before in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and later in Tiger Zinda Hai, and both films were very successful and, more importantly, they were experiences for me which were really wonderful and I really enjoyed both the experiences of working with him.”
She also revealed that the two even have cute nicknames for each other and Zafar calls her Goldfish. Katrina said, “He contacted me and said ‘Goldfish, I’m gonna send you a script. Just react to it and tell me what you think. And I read the script and I thought it was an absolutely wonderful script.”
When @aliabbaszafar contacted me Katrina, I'm gonna send u script and just react & tell me what you think, I read the script & I thought it was absolutely wonderful script and I was extremely excited about the character & very happy to be part of the film - Katrina Kaif #Bharat pic.twitter.com/QNv0oPvTGq— Katrina Kaif Daily (@KatKaifDaily) August 1, 2018
Katrina and Salman have already proven many times that they are a blockbuster Jodi. Whenever they appear together onscreen, the film smashes every record. However, Katrina claims that “The way that I’ve chosen my films has always been purely based on the script and the characters.”
Earlier, Priyanka was supposed to do the role in Bharat but she decided to step back from the film. It was rumoured that her engagement with American singer Nick Jonas is the reason behind her decision but when she immediately started work on Farhan Akhtar’s The Sky is Pink, many questions were raised. Even Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan commented on PeeCee’s exit from the film.