Priyanka Chopra to play Mary Kom
There was speculation on who would win the race to play the lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film, based on the Olympic medal winner Mary Kom. Apparently Deepika Padukone was vying for this role but SLB had his eye on Priyanka Chopra instead! The super-thrilled PC showed a keen interest in working with him and will finally be the face of Sanjay’s untitled film on the boxing champion.
An insider confirms that Priyanka signed on the dotted line last Sunday. The actress will also apparently undergo training under none other than Mary Kom herself for four months. The buzz is that both ladies have been told to cut down on their future assignments and Priyanka will soon start her rigorous training. A source close to Sanjay says, “Though four months is a fairly short time, Priyanka is confident that she’ll be able to fight like a pro.” We hear that Priyanka, besides being trained by Mary Kom will also travel to Manipur and live with Mary and her family. The source further adds, “There are a lot of things that people don’t know about Mary Kom. For instance, her struggle to balance her family and her profession among other aspects has not been well documented.”
Reports say that Priyanka is currently scheduling and discussing her dates with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mary Kom.