Priyanka to act in the biopic on Mary Kom

Priyanka Chopra gave a powerful performance in “Barfi”. She dominated almost all the frames and made her own mark opposite the other talented actor Ranbir Kapoor in the film.

After that there had been talks about what film she will be seen in next. Recent speculations suggest that she has been approached by ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to star in a woman-centric film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has previously directed film like “Devdas”, “Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam” and “Black”. The films that came later-“Saawariya” and “Guzaarish”- all bombed at the box-office. Therefore he is in need of a desperate hit to keep his foothold in the industry.

Sources are now claiming that she has been selected by the filmmaker to star in the film on Olympic bronze medal winner Mary Kom. It has been reported that Priyanka will start preparing for the role from the month of January, next year. The project is slated to start filming from early 2013.

A source closely associated to this project said, “Priyanka was in talks with the production house for quite a while now. We were trying to work out her dates and finally things are settled. She is on board to play lead. We intend to begin our workshop with Priyanka and Mary soon.”

As part of her preparation Priyanka will not only learn the sport from Mary Kom within a short span of time (four months) but also live with Mary’s family in Manipur to know and understand more about her.

Also what is being speculated is that if there will be any male lead actor cast for the film as it revolves around Mary Kom.

In the past too, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had been in talks with Priyanka Chopra for another project that was based on Gujarati Romeo-Juliet. Sources have added, “But that didn't work out. PC was keen to do this film and Bhansali thinks she will be perfect for Mary's role. They met a couple of times to discuss the script and she finally signed the dotted lines."

The director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyanka Chopra were tried to contact but they remained unreachable to validate the news. Priyanka has previously been part of women-centric films like “Fashion”, “Whats your Rashee?” and “ Saat Khoon Maaf”. Deepika Padukone earlier had been considered for this role, but later Priyanka chopra was finalised. It is her stature that matches with Mary Kom’s and therefore the offer went to her .