Earlier this week, filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar announced that Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has walked out of the upcoming Salman Khan-starrer Bharat. After the news broke, netizens started speculating about film’s new female lead and it was reported that Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez have been approached for the role. Now, Ali has confirmed that Katrina has been roped in for the film.
Talking about the film’s new lead, the 38-year-old director said, “I am extremely excited to work with Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan once again for Bharat. We have had exciting collaborations in the past and it is very interesting to work with the duo once again. Katrina got on board in the Nick of time for the project and it is very delightful to work with the immensely talented actress yet again.”
The trio has previously worked in the film Tiger Zinda Hai which was a massive box office hit and Salman and Katrina’s chemistry in the movie was applauded a lot. Now, Katrina is all set to play Salman’s love interest in the upcoming film.
The movie which is based on the South Korean drama Ode to My father, went on floors earlier this month and the first schedule of the film including a grand circus sequence that features Salman and Disha Patani has already begun.
It is being said that Katrina will join the shoot in the upcoming schedules which begin in September.
Bharat also stars Tabu and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles and is being produced by Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series. The movie is slated for an Eid 2019 release.