With Bharat all set for release on June 5, Salman Khan, while his interaction with the media, revealed that it was Priyanka Chopra Jonas who had initially shown keen interest to be a part of Bharat, and he found her last-minute exit from the film "embarrassing".
While interacting with the media, the actor opened up about the casting choices for the role of Kumud, which ended up in the hands of Katrina Kaif and said, "Initially, Priyanka was very keen to do this film. Ali said, ‘Priyanka ka phone aaya tha… (we got a call from Priyanka)' and it is also true that Priyanka and my sister Arpita Khan are good friends. After all this, the ‘Nick story' happened, the embarrassing thing happened and she chose to get married."
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Salman added, "Look, she did the right thing. She did what she wanted, and Katrina got what she deserved. She (Priyanka) informed us five days before the schedule was supposed to start... she must have thought that in this way I would get upset with her and will never work with her. She spoke to me saying, 'Nick (American actor-singer Nick Jonas) has proposed to me and I want to get married, so there will be some date issues'. I said, 'Sure, get married, we can adjust those two, three days. Then she said that she does not want to do the film."
While he believes Priyanka is a hard-working actress, who efficiently maintains her career in Bollywood as well as in the American entertainment industry, he said it takes guts to leave one of the biggest films of her career to get married. Priyanka, soon after leaving Bharat, opted for The Sky Is Pink.