Salman Khan is gearing up for his next release Bharat with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. The film was earlier dragged into a controversy when Priyanka Chopra abruptly walked out of the film. Now director Ali Abbas Zafar has opened up on the same and revealed why the actor chose to back out. Also Read - Priyanka Chopra to Soon Open Her Indian Restaurant in New York, Shares Pictures of Puja Ceremony

Earlier Ali took to his twitter handle to share the news of PeeCee no more being a part of Bharat and wrote, “Yes Priyanka Chopra is no more part of @Bharat_TheFilm & and the reason is very very special, she told us in the Nick of time about her decision and we are very happy for her … Team Bharat wishes @priyankachopra loads of love & happiness for life.” In a recent interview with Filmfare, Ali to which he replied saying, “Well, well, well…   there were a lot of things that she was busy with. But I’m not gonna say anything more about my ‘nick in time’ comment on Twitter. We all know the reality and the truth of the situation. As I’ve always maintained, we, as team Bharat, are extremely happy for Priyanka and where she’s in life right now”. Also Read - Bigg Boss 14: Nikki Tamboli on her journey in the show, bond with Rahul Vaidya and more [EXCLUSIVE]

The CEO of Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Productions Nikhil Namit had earlier called Priyanka’s decision “unprofessional”. Reacting to this Ali said, “And whether it was the producers, Salman or me, as adults we understood her reasons and let her go”. Also Read - Tandav Row: Amazon Prime Video Apologises Unconditionally For Its Show, Says ‘Already Removed Scenes’

“There’s only happiness between us. We’re friends and will always be friends,” Ali added. Right after Priyanka’s exit, Katrina was roped in.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat is going to be the big Eid release next year. Apart from Disha and Salman, the film also stars Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles. It’s an official remake of popular Korean film, titled Ode to My Father, and is slated to hit the screens on June 5, 2019.