Katrina Kaif has officially joined Salman Khan’s Bharat as the female lead, replacing Priyanka Chopra. Katrina and Salman recently worked together on the blockbuster, Race 3, and are admired as a couple on-screen. Ali Abbas Zafar had broken the news that Priyanka Chopra has left the movie, on his twitter page, and hinted that the actress might have walked out of the project because of personal issues that had to do with her now fiance, American singer and actor, Nick Jonas. There was a maelstrom of speculation about who is going to star in the movie on such short period of time, but there were reports that Katrina, who had free dates on her schedule, had finally come on board.
Ali Abbas Zafar said in a statement that, “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.”
Bharat, which is based on the Korean movie, Ode to my father, also stars Tabu, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, and Norah Fatehi. It is going to be released on Eid next year.