Priyanka bows out of Rakesh Sharma biopic because of SRK

While Priyanka Chopra is busy impressing the international audience with her show Quantico and some high profile Hollywood projects, her fans in India are waiting for the day when she announces her next Bollywood venture.

Last seen in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal in 2016, Priyanka Chopra was said to be starring in the Rakesh Sharma biopic, tentatively titled, Salute opposite Aamir Khan. However, the actress decided to opt out of the project as soon as Aamir disassociated himself with it and the film went to Shah Rukh Khan.

A source says, “It’s quite elementary, really. PeeCee and Shah Rukh don’t work together. It’s a casting taboo that the whole industry knows. When Aamir was replaced by SRK in the Rakesh Sharma biopic, Salute, Priyanka had to go too.”

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra last worked together in Don 2, which released in 2011. There are reports that the makers are planning the next instalment of the Don franchise. While SRK headlines the cast of Don 3, Priyanka won’t be part of it.

“No matter what they say, the fact is that the Don team, producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, are on the lookout for a replacement for Priyanka in the third film,” adds another source.

Chopra is currently shooting for the third season of American TV series Quantico.