Looking back at Mary Kom’s 2014 film, a biography of the Olympian boxer, Priyanka Chopra said that the role should have been played by someone from the Northeastern states, while adding that there was nothing like her.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actress said, “When I introduced Mary Kom, I was initially skeptical of taking it on, because she was a living and breathtaking icon, and she gave way to many female athletes. Also, I’m nothing like her. Since, we were not physically the same.
” Looking back, that part must have probably gone to someone from the Northeast. But I was greedy to get the chance to tell her story as an actor, because she inspired me so much as a woman, as an Indian woman, as an athlete. When the filmmakers forced me to do it, I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to do that, ”she added.
Shedding light on how he prepared for the role, the actor said he has undergone rigorous physical boxing training and has spent time with Mary and family. She added that it took her five months to learn the sport of boxing.
“I went and saw Mary, I spent time at her house, I saw her children, I saw her husband. I had to spend about five months training to learn sports, it’s not easy, by the way. It was really hard, mentally, it was really hard, physically I was not like her, so I decided to embrace her soul, so I spent a lot of time with her to teach her what her choices were and why she chose me, ”the Hindustan Times quoted Chopra as saying.
The film, directed by Omang Kumar, was met with controversy during its release for casting Chopra instead of an actor from the Northeast. However, the film and Chopra won several awards.