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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

Priyanka Chopra is Bollywood's Hilary Swank: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

PTI  Mumbai, July 24, 2014
First Published: 16:20 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:41 IST(25/7/2014)
Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali compared Priyanka Chopra to Hollywood actor Hilary Swank, who portrayed the character of a boxer in her Oscar award-winning film Million Dollar Baby.

Priyanka Chopra will be seen playing Olympic medal-winning boxer Mary Kom in a biopic produced by Bhansali.  "If they (Hollywood) have Hilary Swank, we have Priyanka. She is a great talent and adds spark to her performance. As an actress I think she is in the league of Nutanji and Waheedaji," Bhansali told reporters here at the trailer launch of Mary Kom.


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Swank won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Maggie Fitzgerald, a waitress who aspires to become a boxing champion. Bhansali's film is inspired by Kom's struggle and has been directed by Omung Kumar.

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The director producer said he did not take much time to say yes for the project. "Omung told me about making film on Mary Kom around two years back, and I immediately said yes. There was no lengthy meetings or discussions," he said.
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