With Quantico shutting down abruptly, Bollywood’s global icon Priyanka Chopra’s career in India has again come into the spotlight. Apparently Priyanka knew what was coming and had begun to make preparations for a safe landing in Bollywood by getting in touch with her old friends, like Sanjay Leela Bhansali , Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra.
One of the director-friends in Bollywood Priyanka got in touch with was her old friend Ali Abbas Zafar with whom she had worked in the director’s 2014 film Gunday. It was Abbas who convinced Salman Khan that Priyanka would be the perfect fit for Bharat, the film that Abbas is directing for Salman. Says a source close to the development, “Salman was not too interested in doing a film with Priyanka. He had been refusing to work with her for years now. But Ali being Salman’s new blue-eyed boy – he was the director of his last big hit Tiger Zinda Hai — was able to convince Salman. She owes this movie to Ali.”
Priyanka has always been smart about her career moves even when she moved abroad. She would visit Bollywood every now and then and even accommodated a few films to prove that she was comfortable in both industries. Yet, there were filmmakers who felt that she had abandoned her home territory and gave priority to western projects. “Priyanka wasn’t in India to promote Bajirao Mastani as much as she would have wanted to. But Bhansali had Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to promote his film. But Prakash Jha had to do it alone with an almost-unknown actor Manav Kaul. Priyanka was the face of Jha’s Gangaajal and she was busy in America,” says a source.
It remains to be seen how Priyanka will do the balancing act between the East and West this time around. Luckily for her Bajirao Mastani was a big hit and her performance had been greatly appreciated too.