Salman Khan being Salman Khan, it surprised no one to know that he kept taking continuous pot shots at Priyanka Chopra for opting out of Bharat at the eleventh hour. All through his barrage of digs Priyanka kept quiet not saying a word in retaliation. Even as articles were written by feminist websites in her defence, Priyanka kept mum. But now at the wrap-up party for her last Bollywood project The Sky Is Pink she spoke about how she voluntarily chose not to do a big Bollywood blockbuster with songs and dances.
While she didn’t name Bharat it was evident she was talking about that film and none other. So what emboldened the otherwise-affable peace-be-onto-all Priyanka to take a swipe at Salman? Friends say the outburst was on the way for a while. “Salman unnecessarily kept bringing up her name. This was not the first time that an actor had turned down a role. Kajol had turned down Hichki. But no one from the film’s team spoke about it. Salman kept harping on the matter. And it really pissed Priyanka off as she had done nothing wrong,” says a filmmaker friend of Priyanka.
One wonders if Priyanka should be relieved over her decision to opt of Bharat. Simply because, while it has been a big hit, the film has nothing to show in her future repertoire that could be considered a sure success. The Sky Is Pink with a title that sounds as weird as the psychedelic songs of Pink Floyd, is at best a strong niche film where she will get noticed for her performance. That apart, she has no films on the floors in either India or Hollywood.
Last heard, she is collaborating with husband Nick Jonas in music. It will be interesting to see what Priyanka comes up with next.