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Priyanka returns to Bollywood with Salman's 'Bharat'

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

After a gap of over two years, Chopra is all set to come back to the Indian film industry with Salman Khan's "Bharat".

The 35-year-old actor, who moved to for the TV series "Quantico" and made her Hollywood debut with "Baywatch", will star opposite Salman in the Abbas Zafar-directed film.

After much speculation over the leading lady, the makers of "Bharat" have signed on According to reports, was being considered for this film.

The actor, whose last outing was "Jai Gangaajal" in 2016, said she was excited to reunite with Salman and

"I'm looking forward to begin shooting this film and working with Salman and again after a considerable time. I've learnt a lot from them in our previous collaborations and am excited to see what this one has to offer.

"I'm also looking forward to working with and Atul and the entire team of 'Bharat'.To all my well-wishers who've been so patient and supportive Thank you for your constant support," said in a statement here.

The duo will be teaming up after 10 years, after having worked in films such as "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", "Salaam-E-Ishq" and "God Tussi Great Ho".

Ali, who has directed Priyanka in "Gunday", said the was the perfect choice for the female lead in the film.

"'Bharat' is Priyanka's homecoming to after having proven her range as a performer in Hollywood films and a blockbuster show.

"Priyanka is the biggest Indian artiste internationally and she is a perfect fit for the film. Priyanka brings in outstanding acting as well as incredible international appeal to make the scale of the film bigger and even more global," he said.

Ali added the love story in "Bharat" is very mature and quite subtle, and Priyanka's character is "the catalyst at the film's most important turning point".

"We needed an actor who could portray this in the best possible way.

"Her character is the soul of the film, and throughout, she stands shoulder to shoulder with Salman in the journey," he added.

Ali and travelled to to meet Priyanka and gave her the narration of the film. Priyanka loved Ali's script and she was immediately convinced to do the film.

Atul, who is collaborating with Priyanka for the first time, is happy to have her on board.

The film is an official adaptation of 2014 Korean film, "Ode to My Father".

Talking about the film, Ali said, "'Bharat' is rooted in and its culture despite it spanning over 70 years and set across various countries of the world."

"Bharat" has started its prep in London, after which the will move to Spain, Poland, Portugal, and

The film will see Salman sport five different looks spanning 60 years, wherein a crucial part will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger. He will be recreating his "Karan Arjun" look.

Produced by Atul Agnihotri's Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar's T- series, the film releases during Eid in 2019.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 09:55 IST