- Priyanka Chopra played the title role in the Mary Kom biopic
- “I was just greedy as an actor,” she said
- “She inspired me so much as a woman,” she added
Priyanka Chopra, the cover girl of Vanity Fair magazine’s February issue, spoke to them in a recent interview about the role of boxing champion Mary Kom and preparing for the role. She also said in the interview that she felt someone from the Northeast should have played the title role. “When I first played Mary Kom I was very skeptical because she was a living, breathing icon and she gave way to so many female athletes. Also, I don’t look like her at all. She’s from Northeast India and I’m from North India and we didn’t look alike physically. In hindsight, the role probably should have gone to someone from the Northeast,” Priyanka Chopra told Vanity Fair.
The Matrix 4 Star added during the interview, “But as an actor, I was just eager to get a chance to tell her story because she inspired me so much as a woman, as an Indian, as an athlete. When the filmmakers insisted that I do it, I was like, ‘You know what? I will do it.'”
Speaking about how she was preparing for the role, Priyanka Chopra said, “I went and met Mary, I spent time at her house, I met her kids, I met her husband. I had to train for almost five months to learn the sport.” That’s not easy, by the way… And also to change my body physically to get into an athlete’s shape. So physically it was really tough, mentally it was really tough. Because I wasn’t looking physically Like her, I decided to embody her spirit. So I spent a lot of time with her so she could enlighten me on what her choices were and why she made the choices she made.
The film Maria Kom shows the journey of real boxing champion Mary Kom, who later becomes six-time amateur boxing world champion. The film was directed by Omung Kumar.
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