Priyanka Chopra admits ‘someone from Northeast should have played Mary Kom’
Guwahati: Priyanka Choprawho is the cover girl for ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine’s February issue, in a recent interview with them admitted that she was skeptical about playing the role in Mary Kom.
She said in the interview that she feels like someone from the northeast should have played the titular role. “When I played Mary Kom, I was very skeptical taking it on in the beginning because she was a living, breathing icon and she made place for so many female athletes.”
“Plus, I look nothing like her. She comes from the northeast of India and I am from northern India and we physically didn’t look alike. In hindsight, the part should have probably gone to someone from the northeast,” she added.
Later, she also added that, “But I was just greedy as an actor to get a chance to tell her story because she inspired me so much, as a woman, as an Indian woman, as an athlete. When the filmmakers insisted I do it, I was just like, ‘You know what? I’m going to do it.”
Priyanka Chopra ended up winning several accolades and awards for her performance, including the National Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment in 2014, the Stardust Award, and Producer’s Guild Film Award.
The film Mary Kom showcases the journey of real-life boxing champion Mary Kom – who goes on to become a six-time world amateur boxing champion. The film was directed by Omung Kumar.