Director Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming movie Bharat will resume shoot in the New Year. Starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead, the movie is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father.
The director took to Twitter to make the announcement. He said that team was done with the Delhi and Punjab schedules of the movie. He even wished Salman Khan advance birthday wishes.
Finished with Delhi & Punjab schedules of @Bharat_TheFilm , last schedule will start in new year …bhai ke birthday wale month mein kaun kaam karta hai …? par hum edit mein lage hue hain ….
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) December 15, 2018
Katrina Kaif’s replacement of Priyanka Chopra as the female lead had made news recently. Bharat was supposed to be Chopra’s comeback film after 2016’s Jai Gangaajal. The actress had even confirmed her participation in the project through a tweet.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 18, 2018
The director, in his response, confirmed the news through a cryptic tweet that hinted at Chopra’s wedding being her reason to opt out of the project.
Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of @Bharat_TheFilm & and the reason is very very special , she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her … Team Bharat wishes @priyankachopra loads of love & happiness for life ???
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) July 27, 2018
The actress got married to Nick Jonas to on December 1. Bharat would have reunited Chopra and Khan a decade after God Tussi Great Ho.
Chopra is currently shooting with Farhan Akhtar for The Sky is Pink directed by Shonali Bose of Margarita with A Straw fame. She has also been roped in for Krrish 4. Her Hollywood projects include A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?
Katrina Kaif, whose breakout role in Bollywood was opposite Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya was last seen with the actor in Tiger Zinda Hai. Her latest release Thugs of Hindustan where she was paired opposite Aamir Khan performed dismally at the box office. She is gearing up for the release of Zero. Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, the movie features her in the role of a film star. Directed by Aanand L Rai, the movie releases on December 21.
While Kaif has worked with director Ali Abbas Zafar previously on Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Bharat marks the third collaboration between Salman Khan and the director after Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, both of which emerged as one of the highest grosser of Bollywood. Bharat is scheduled to release on Eid next year.