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Neither Salman nor Priyanka, it was director Ali Abbas Zafar who broke the heart-breaking news to the world on July 27 and since then fans have been pestering the director to reveal the name of the actress who would now replace Priyanka in the film. Zafar wished her the best for her future. On Friday, he announced Priyanka quite for a "very, very special reason" and also appeared to make a reference to Priyanka's rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas - "she told us in the Nick of time". Nick earlier visited India with the "Quantico" actress to meet her friends and family. It was a little unprofessional of her to do it so suddenly, "mid-day quoted Nikhil Namit as saying".

'Priyanka told us she had to exit due to her engagement, two days ago, ' he said.

Reports suggest that Bharat's lead star, Salman Khan is now in hyperdrive to find Priyanka's replacement for the film and that Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez seem to be the most likely choices. "We have been shooting non-stop and simultaneously preparing for global schedules", Zafar tweeted on Saturday.

But Priyanka's exit isn't the only thing that is holding the film - which is being shot in part in the United Kingdom - back.

He was sentenced to five years' imprisonment back in April, which may affect his plans for Bharat. Priya Mishra who is supposed to direct the film which PeeCee will be producing, said, "Work on the biopic has been on for many years, for me it is a work in progress".

'However, I think, I'll have a problem entering the United Kingdom with my new conviction of five years'.