Actress Priyanka Chopra, whose much-awaited film MARY KOM releases this Friday, said in a recent interview that she has not tried to imitate the boxer on screen as their focus is to represent Mary’s spirit and personality! “We did not want to imitate her. We are making a Hindi film and we wanted the reach of the film to be wide. I am speaking a lot more in Hindi than Mary speaks and not in Manipuri. And I knew my face would never look like hers. We did prosthetics and a lot of tests. I don’t look like Mary. I don’t have the features like her, but I have given blood and soul for this film to make sure I represent Mary’s spirit and her personality to the best of my ability,” the National Award winning actress said in a recent interview.
“Sanjay Sir (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, producer of the film) said the film had to be about the spirit of Mary Kom and the story needs to be told. The fighting spirit of Mary is there in the film,” she added.
Giving the credit to the film solely to its writer Saiwyn Quadras, Priyanka said, “The story that Saiwyn Quadras wrote on Mary Kom was amazing…it was his idea to make a film on Mary Kom and I give him credit for that. Writers are not given much importance and they don’t get good salary also which I think is tragic. When I heard the story of MARY KOM I judged it for its story.”
Interestingly, news is that after Maharashtra, MARY KOM has now been declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh too. Thanked UP’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Priyanka wrote on Twitter on Sunday, “Thank u @yadavakhilesh for helping #MaryKom’s story get a bigger reach in UP. The film is officially tax free a week before release. Awesome.”
MARY KOM is a biopic on the five-time World Champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom. Co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s banner, the film will mark Omung Kumar’s directorial debut.