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When Priyanka's ex-boyfriend Aseem Merchant was keen to make a biopic on her

India Today logo India Today 01/09/2018

Priyanka Chopra is happily engaged to Nick Jonas, but decades ago she dated Aseem Merchant. Rumour has it that Aseem was Priyanka's first boyfriend, and the two were in a relationship during her modelling days. However, their relationship didn't last long, and the two called it off after Priyanka joined Bollywood.

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However, a decade after her Bollywood debut, Aseem turned producer and decided to make a film on her. Buzz had it that Aseem's film was supposedly not only a chronicle of Priyanka's modelling days, but also her infamous fallout with her ex-manager Prakash Jaju over finances.

Jaju had claimed that Priyanka owed him a large amount of money, and that's when her late father Col. Ashok Chopra filed a police complaint against him, citing false accusations and threatening of the family members. Jaju was later arrested in 2008 and spent over two months behind bars.

This piece of news did not go down too well with the actress, and she expressed her displeasure over the making of the biopic.

"It would be extremely flattering for me if someone would make a biopic on my life, but this particular situation makes me very angry as I know what my family and I went through during that phase of our lives and what upsets me is that people want to glorify something which was a painful part in my life. I think it's extremely disturbing," Priyanka had said.

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However, later Aseem clarified that the film titled 67 Days was on Jaju and he had no intention of hurting her.

"The film is about Prakash Jaju, not Priyanka Chopra. It is about his experiences in Bollywood and will cover the entire entertainment industry. I respect and admire Priyanka. In no way am I trying to malign or hurt her. As a producer I am only trying to make a realistic film," Aseem had said in an interview.

However, later Aseem decided to distance himself from the project after Jaju tried to malign Priyanka through a series of tweets.

"The tweets of Mr Prakash Jaju are untrue, very disturbing and in bad taste I'd like to clarify here that neither am I in touch with him nor part of any of this negative activity , I was approached to produce the film '67 days' his biopic and thought it would make an interesting film about a celeb manager and his journey but distanced myself from this episode after seeing it being blown into another direction and have shelved the idea permanently of making that film , as I'd never want to hurt or upset Priyanka as she's one of the nicest, most hardworking and family oriented girl I've ever known I always wish her the very best!!," wrote Aseem in a note.

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