Some said she wanted to be co-producer along with Sanjay, a theory stoutly denied by both Chopra and Bhansali.
A lot has been said and written about Priyanka Chopra’s exit from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious biopic on film lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi, and his muse Amrita Pritam.
Priyanka was excited to play Amrita Pritam until a few months ago, when it was announced that she was out.
Theorists had a field day. Some said she wanted to be co-producer along with Sanjay, a theory stoutly denied by both the Chopra and Bhansali camps. Others fell back on the age-old ‘dates’ crisis.
But the real reason why Ms Chopra opted out has been revealed now. “She didn’t want to work with Abhishek Bachchan. She was excited as long as the male lead was being offered to other actors like Farhan Akhtar and Irrfan Khan.
But when Abhishek was finalised, Priyanka had reservations.
For years Abhishek refused to work with her after she replaced Aishwarya Rai in his friend Rohan Sippy’s BluffMaster! Now Priyanka felt uncomfortable working with Abhishek,” says the source.
Apparently when Priyanka expressed her reservations to Sanjay, he politely told her Abhishek stays. So that was that. Maybe some other time?