There’s been speculation for some time now on who will play the lead role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film based on the life of India’s ace boxer, Mary Kom. Now we hear that Priyanka Chopra has been signed on for the project.
A source from the production house has confirmed the news saying, “Priyanka signed on the dotted line on Sunday. The meeting didn’t happen in person, but she’s onboard. The work on her character will begin shortly.”
Priyanka and Bhansali were apparently in talks for a while, and she was an obvious choice owing to her film record.
The source says, “Priyanka has done action films in the past and she can pull off the role. Of course, a lot of hard work will have to be done in terms of getting the look and character right.”
The movie, which will be directed by Umang Kumar, will go on the floors early next year.
Mary Kom, in fact, had met Bhansali a few weeks ago to discuss it.
The source says, “Since Mary Kom is a boxer, her body and skin type is different. Even her accent is not what you hear here. Priyanka will undergo some physical training and workshops to help her understand the character better. Of course, at some point, there will be some meetings between Mary Kom and Priyanka too.”
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