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Confirmed! Priyanka Chopra Finalised To Play Female Lead In 'Bharat' Opposite Salman Khan

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| April 17 , 2018 , 11:06 IST

Call it her global recognition or hiatus from Bollywood films, Priyanka Chopra's fans were eagerly waiting for her comeback Hindi film. After rejecting a string of offered projects due to her Hollywood commitments, the actress seems to have finally signed a homecoming film.

Following the excruciating wait, the reports about Priyanka Chopra playing the female lead in Salman Khan-starrer 'Bharat' are confirmed. "I'm looking forward to begin shooting this film and working with Salman and Ali again after a considerable time," confirmed the actress herself.

Bankrolled by Atul Agnihotri and Bhushan Kumar, the film is helmed by Salman's current favourite Ali Abbas Zafar who is super excited to work with Priyanka on the film. 'Bharat', for the release of which Salman has already booked next year's Eid has also gone on floors today.

Taking the news to Twitter, the director posted a picture of Bharat's mahurat shot being filmed with Salman Khan himself. The film flap being in focus clarified that the film has indeed begun. Abbas captioned the picture, "A journey of a man and a nation together. Eid 2019."

Needless to say, the film is expected to have greater surprises to offer including Priyanka's comeback to Bollywood. While the actress is looking forward to work with Salman and Abbas, she is equally excited to collaborate with Alvira Khan and Atul Agnihotri.

Going by his statements, even the Ali Abbas Zafar is eager to work with the global star. "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 has said.

Unlike what most people expect of the female characters in a Salman Khan-starrer, Priyanka's character is Bharat acts as "the catalyst at the film's most important turning point." The director affirmed, "We needed an actor who could portray this in the best possible way."

Over the span of 60 years, the film will capture five shades of Salman Khan's character, including one in his early 20s. "Bharat starts in 1947 and ends in 2000. It is the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat," said Atul Agnihotri.

While Priyanka has worked with Salman in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Salaam-E-Ishq and God Tussi Great Ho, she has collaborated with Abbas earlier of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor-starrer Gunday. Bharat is the official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean drama, Ode To My Father.