Filmmaker Suneel Darshan has made a startling claim that Akshay Kumar have stopped taking projects with Priyanka Chopra years ago due to stark objections from his wife Twinkle Khanna. Suneel, who helmed Barsaat, with the initial casting of the duo said that Akshay deliberately dropped out of the project due to the restraints set by Twinkle.
Barsaat, the 2005 film starred Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra, and Bipasha Basu. Akshay had been casted for the lead role and even filmed a song with Priyanka but there backed off. Akshay and Priyanka Chopra worked together in films like Andaaz, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, and Aitraaz.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Suneel Darshan said, “Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra were a very good pair, very similar in terms of their personal traits. They had amazing chemistry. I thought the song looked beautiful; no vulgarity, no obscenity, very sensuous. Then Priyanka went for a world tour, and when she came back… I don’t know what happened in between.”
“By then, I had also got to know of the other issues that had come up between him and his wife. She had issues with Priyanka, I was told… I feel the profession has its own hazards. Sometimes, the proximity, sometimes the individual’s own lifestyles, all these things come in the way and the media blows it out of proportion, without realising how much loss a filmmaker could suffer because of it,” he added.