Priyanka Chopra meets Nitin Gadkari

The Priyanka Chopra starrer biopic ‘Mary Kom’ is ready for release on 5th September. Ahead of its release, Priyanka Chopra was in the country’s capital, New Delhi for promotion of the film. In between, she made time and visited the union road and highways and rural development minister, Nitin Gadkari.

Later she told the media, “Nitin Gadkari was one of the first people to felicitate Mary Kom when she won the Olympic bronze medal, so I wanted to meet him. Also, he has always talked about rural development and socio-economical reforms and my film ‘Mary Kom’ kind of caters to this issue in a different way.” She added that she is trying to make the film tax-free in Delhi, a similar status that was awarded to the film by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Priyanka Chopra would soon be leaving the country to attend the Toronto Film Festival where ‘Mary Kom’ will premiere on September 4. The movie stars the debutante Darshan Kumar who is heard to have put up a good performance. The film is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is directed by Omang Kumar.

So far the film has received very positive response from the audience through the first look poster and trailer. The director Omung Kumar has said, “First we were overwhelmed with the response to the first look in the Bombay Times that had surprised everyone. The trailer touched people and many people called to tell me that they cried after seeing it. The most touching response for me was from a lady from the North East, who had somehow found out my mobile number and called to say how seeing the trailer, she felt so proud and felt grateful for what it was attempting to do for women, sports and most importantly, people from the North East.” 

Priyanka Chopra had to go through intense physical training to prepare for the role. She recently stated that despite losing the muscles she is now fitter and stronger. She said, “Muscles are a very superficial thing. What they did for me, honestly, was being able to learn a sport. I’ve never learnt a sport in my life. That too a contact sport. For me, it was a huge challenge to learn an entire sport…Today, you can put me in a boxing ring. I may not be able to beat another boxer, but I’ll be able to give her a tough fight. I’ve learnt it that much…I think girls should be able to do what they want, be free and not be worried about protecting themselves. But I think that in the world that we live in today, unless the laws that have been made to protect us have been implemented well enough, we should learn some form of self-defence just for confidence.”