Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra who visited Imphal to essay the role of five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom on a two-day trip had left the state capital city this evening. She will play the lead role of the ace boxer in the upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s based on the champion’s biopic.
In a press conference held today at The Classic Hotel, Priyanka expressed her fascination and interest in understanding the life of Mary Kom in her native state. She said, “I am very very happy that I’ve got an opportunity to be a part of something coming from this part of the country. Mary is a pride of India and she comes from the north east and I am very fortunate and honored that I get to play her role”.
She added that she will train herself in the art of Boxing to portray the Olympian boxer to the best semblance, “I will have to become a boxer” she laughs. The actress also expressed that she looks forward to coming back to Manipur “I love the food here so I’ll come back for the food in Manipur, I think Manipur is beautiful and I am so happy that I can come to Manipur to shoot here”, she added excitedly.
Mary Kom’s first ever biopic which went on the floors in July, is set to bring excitement to people of Manipur. However the true life inspired movie, to be made in Hindi, has brought a little discomfort among the people as well, as Hindi films are banned in the state by some insurgent groups. She anticipates that the film will be able to bridge the gap and since Mary Kom is a pride of Manipur, she hopes “some miracle happens where the people of Manipur can celebrate this movie with us”.
According to the director Omung Kumar who is leading the maiden trip added, the movie will be shot in different places including Manipur and Manali among others. The list of other cast members and the name of the movie has not been released yet. The bollywood diva who resided in The Classic hotel, Imphal, was said to be taken on a city tour personally by Mary Kom’s family. “She (Mary) has been very gracious and so has her husband and her family”, she tweeted.
(with special input and press released photo by Somipem Keishing)