Mary Kom Feels That Priyanka Chopra is The Right Person to Play Her Role

Olympic medal winning boxer MC Mary Kom who is the subject of the upcoming biopic film ‘Mary Kom’ has stated that Priyanka Chopra has been the perfect choice for playing her role.  The Omung Kumar directed Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced film is slated to release on 5th September. While the trailer of the film has been a hit, some people have expressed doubt whether Priyanka Chopra is the right person to play Mary Kom.

But the producer  Sanjay Leela Bhansali has strongly defended the choice and now Mary Kom herself has defended the decision. In a recent interview she said, “Don’t think anybody could have done it as well as Priyanka. Priyanka is the best actress to play me. Acting anybody can do, but boxing will be different as one needs a certain type of body structure. Priyanka suits that. Her body is very structured, like that of a boxer. I think Omung and Sanjay Leela Bhansali made the perfect choice. I really believed she can do it.”

On asked about the feeling of being subject of a film, Mary Kom recounted her experience. She said, “Initially, I didn't believe it when the director Omung Kumar came to meet me in Manipur where I stay. This is before I won bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics. When Omung came to me I was a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. I was surprised why he would want to make a movie on me and thought he was joking or gone mad! Boxing, especially in women's section, is not so well known in India as it's hardly reported, and no one recognized me as Mary Kom. I told Omung that my managers would speak to him. Now I am feeling very happy and excited that a film on me has been made.”  

Mary also said that Priyanka Chopra is similar to her in real life. She said, “I liked her when we met for the first time in Mumbai. She shared her life story with me and it was similar to mine. She said people find her something of a tomboy though she wasn't. I loved that! Even everyone at home would call me a tomboy as I would often dress like a boy and wear jeans and tees and loved playing with boys. But in spite of all that, I am not a tomboy. I found Priyanka to be a very simple and kind person. She likes eating a lot (laughs). Boxing is very different from dancing and acting and she has poured her heart and soul into it.”