“Does she even want to work in India?” Salman Khan asked in Hindi at the media interaction in Delhi to release the trailer of his home production Loveratri. Salman’s outburst where he very subtly accused Priyanka of unprofessional behaviour by opting out only 10 days’ before she was to start shooting for his magnum opus Bharat, puts a big question mark on their work equation henceforth. Of course, Priyanka has far bigger plans in sight and signing a movie with Chris Pratt is an opportunity that she wouldn't ever want to let go of. Plus, her Bollywood career is also thriving as she starts work on Shonali Bose's film.
But on the Bharat front, apparently, a collective decision had been taken by the team to not answer questions about Priyanka Chopra at the Loveratri media interactions. And in fact Salman dodged the PC salvos in Mumbai excusing himself by saying he hadn’t read the newspaper in the last few days (though how reading the papers is connected with Priyanka’s exit from Bharat, only Salman can explain).
But in Delhi he spoke against Priyanka saying she had chosen to inform them of her departure just 10 days before shooting, giving a reason that suggested marriage. However, Salman also spoke about the reason perhaps being a bigger film. He wished her well too though one doesn't know if he was being sarcatic about it. Says a close friend of Salman’s, “Salim Saab (Salman’s father) had very clearly briefed Salman not to talk about Priyanka Chopra at the trailer launch of the Khan family’s son-in-law Ayush Sharma’s film. But Bhai being Bhai and hence thoroughly impulsive, he couldn’t hold himself back beyond a point because he was not in the wrong in this matter. It was highly unprofessional of Priyanka to back out of Bharat.”