Actress Katrina Kaif, who signed Salman Khan starrer ‘Bharat’ after Priyanka Chopra walked out of the project, has said signing the film had nothing to do with her friendship with Salman or the film’s director Ali Abbas Zafar. “In fact, Salman did not even call me after I signed the film. We met directly on the set,” she added.
The buzz around any film of Salman Khan is always sky-high & with the makers of Bharat dropping two posters of the film online, the excitement has gone through the roof. While in one poster, we have Salman Khan acing the salt & pepper look, flashing his grey hair & mustache, in another poster, Salman Khan is rocking his ‘Jawaani’ days. While we are yet to be given an insight into Katrina Kaif’s character, we all know that this role was earlier offered to Priyanka Chopra, but due to date issues, PeeCee had to step down & Katrina Kaif was roped in. As soon as Katrina was welcomed on board, just days before the film was to go on floors, it was being reported that Katrina bailed the makers out of this dilemma due to her deep friendship with Ali Abbas Zafar & Salman Khan.
However, in a recent interview, Katrina Kaif said that after Priyanka’s abrupt exit, her decision was purely professional & had nothing to do with her bonding with Salman & Ali. “Ali & I are good friends, but when it comes to work, we are completely honest with each other. I read the script from start to finish in three hours and immediately called him to tell him that I loved it. I realised there was an opportunity of going the extra mile with this character. So, it had nothing to do with my friendship with Salman or Ali. In fact, Salman did not even call me after I signed the film. We met directly on the set,” Katrina said.
Although Katrina’s last outing Zero didn’t earn much critical acclaim but her performance as Babita Kumari was loved by one & all, having won her Best Supporting Actress Award for her role & talking about the same, Katrina said, “Right now, all my energy is focussed towards work, & when such appreciation comes your way, it feels good. The credit goes to Aanand sir who told me to trust him & helped me overcome my fears.”
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat is slated to hit screens on June 5 & the story of Bharat chronicles the journey of a son & his promise to his father during the 1947 India-Pakistan partition.