With Priyanka Chopra’s hasty exit from Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat, Katrina Kaif has joined in. But hang on. It won’t be that easy for the half-British diva to step into the Desi Girl’s sandals. Apparently the role was is that of a full-on rapid-talking North Indian firebrand. Or as a source describes it, “Sholay’s Basanti on Speed.” (Hema Malini's iconic role in the 70s drama Sholay had her speak 19 to the dozen in a village-girl accent).
Katrina obviously can’t do the indigenous glib-talking Bharatiya Nari. Apparently actor-producer Salman Khan and his director Ali Abbas Zafar are in a bit of a fix. “The role was a perfect fit for Priyanka Chopra. That’s why she was signed in the first place. Otherwise Katrina was the first choice. Now Katrina has stepped in without a moment’s hesitation,” says the source.
Of course, director Ali Abbas Zafar is happy to have his friend in the film. He shares a warm relationship with Katrina having worked with her in Tiger Zinda Hai and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. But now that she has said yes to a role earmarked for Priyanka, Katrina would have to work really hard on her dialogues and her body language. Or Salman and Zafar may have to change the character a bit to suit Katrina's image.
What will they opt for?