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Priyanka Chopra joins Salman Khan’s ‘Bharat’

Director Ali Abbas Zafar says her character is the soul of the film

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Priyanka Chopra

Actress Priyanka Chopra is set to star in Bollywood film Bharat, which stars Salman Khan and is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

The Quantico actress said in a statement: “Bharat it is! I’m looking forward to begin shooting this film and working with Salman and Ali again after a considerable time. I’ve learnt a lot from them in our previous collaborations and am excited to see what this one has to offer.”

Chopra has worked under Zafar’s direction for Gunday, and she also teamed up with Khan in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Salaam-e-Ishq.

Chopra thanked “all well-wishers who have been so patient and supportive” for the constant support.

Zafar, who has been busy preparing for the movie, is happy that Bharat marks Chopra’s homecoming to Bollywood after working in a Hollywood TV show and film.

Bharat is rooted in India and its culture despite it spanning over 70 years and set across various countries of the world. Priyanka is the biggest Indian artiste internationally and she is a perfect fit for the film. Priyanka brings in outstanding acting, as well as incredible international appeal, to make the scale of the film bigger and even more global,” Zafar added.

Zafar and producer Atul Agnihotri travelled to New York to meet Chopra and gave her the narration of the film.

“As the love story in Bharat is very mature and quite subtle, we needed an actor who could portray this in the best possible way. Her character is the soul of the film, and throughout, she stands shoulder to shoulder with Salman Khan in the journey. She is the catalyst in the film’s most important turning point,” he added.

Bharat has started its prep in London, after which director Zafar will move to Spain, Poland, Portugal, and Malta.

The film will feature Khan sporting five different looks spanning 60 years, wherein a crucial part will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger.

The film, produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, will release on Eid 2019.