Revealed! Why Priyanka Chopra Refused To Play Female Lead In Drive With Sushant Singh Rajput – Exclusive

Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez are in Tel Aviv, Israel right now, shooting for their film Drive with director Tarun Mansukhani. The team has been keeping us updated with some pictures from the sets as they shoot in the beautiful city, known for its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline.

Drive is an action comedy and slated for a Holi 2018, release (March 2). The film brings together Sushant and Jacqueline together on screen for the first time and we can’t wait to see their fresh chemistry. The actor posted a picture of the two from the sets just a couple of days ago and that has upped our interest in this hot new jodi.

However, we have learnt that Jackie wasn’t Tarun’s first choice to play Jessie in Drive. The director, who has worked with Priyanka Chopra in his directorial debut Dostana (2008) and is great friends with her, wanted the global icon to play the female lead. However, PeeCee had to turn down the offer.

A source privy to the details revealed to us, “Tarun had Priyanka in mind for the female lead in Drive. He waited for her to get back to him with dates. However, her commitments in the West didn’t allow her to take on a new project and there came a point when Tarun had to either start or shelve the project. That’s when he started scouring for his leading lady and found his Jessie in Jacqueline.”

The source also shared that Tarun was a little upset with PeeCee since she kept him hanging in balance without presenting any clarity on her dates. To add insult to injury, her mother Madhu Chopra, who has kind of taken on the role of her manager-cum-spokesperson, and some people from Priyanka’s team, were communicating with Tarun instead of the actress herself.

But not all is lost! The two met up and sorted out all their issues when Priyanka was in India July this year. Perhaps, we will see the director-actress unite in a future project! Currently, the actress is shooting for Quantico season 3 in Italy.

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