Is Salman, Priyanka starrer 'Bharat' based on Indo-Pak partition?

Director Ali Abbas Zafar recently visited Indo-Pak border for locations


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Director Ali Abbas Zafar is busy scouting locations for his next project Bharat, which features superstars Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

The director on Tuesday took to Twitter to share a photograph, showing a sign board that read, "Islamabad 322, Lahore 24 and India Pak Border 2."



"Bharat -- location scouting," he captioned the image.

This will be the director's third outing with Salman, with whom he has worked with in Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. The film is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode to My Father.

However, it is possible that the movie will somehow relate to Indo-Pak partition.

Chopra, who has been working in Hollywood back-to-back for the last few years, is set to make her big Bollywood comeback opposite Khan with the film.

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The Quantico star will be working with Khan after a decade.

Bharat it is! I’m looking forward to begin shooting this film and working with Salman and Ali again after a considerable time,” Chopra said in a statement. “I’ve learnt a lot from them in our previous collaborations and am excited to see what this one has to offer.”

Chopra has worked under Zafar’s in Gunday, and has also teamed up with Salman in films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Salaam-e-Ishq.

Zafar, who has been busy preparing for the movie, is happy that Bharatmarks Chopra’s homecoming to Bollywood. “Bharat is rooted in India and its culture, despite it spanning over 70 years and set across various countries of the world,” he said.

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“Priyanka is the biggest Indian artiste internationally and she is a perfect fit for the film. She brings in outstanding acting, as well as incredible international appeal, to make the scale of the film bigger and even more global.”

Zafar and producer Atul Agnihotri travelled to New York to meet the actor and gave her the narration of the film. The director believes that Chopra’s character is the “soul of Bharat.

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“As the love story in Bharat is very mature and quite subtle, we needed an actor who could portray this in the best possible way,” he shared.

Zafar went on to state that throughout the film, Chopra stands shoulder to shoulder with Salman in the journey. “She is the catalyst in the film’s most important turning point.”

Preparations for the film have started in London, after which Zafar will move on to Spain, Poland, Portugal and Malta.

Bharat will feature Khan sporting five different looks spanning 70 years, wherein a crucial part will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger.

The film will release on Eid 2019.

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