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Priyanka Chopra trains for boxing, not portraying Mary Kom

Impressed with Priyanka Chopra's dedication, her boxing coach Ravi Saharn says she is doing much more than just preparing for her role as Mary Kom. Priyanka will soon be seen in Sanjay Bhansali's biopic on Mary Kom.

bollywood Updated: Feb 24, 2014 10:47 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Hindustan Times
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Priyanka Chopra, who will soon be seen playing the role of boxing champion Mary Kom in a biopic, is adhering to a strenuous workout schedule to look the part.

For the last few months, she has been working under the guidance of her boxing coach, Ravi Saharn, so she can get Kom’s body language right. And from the looks of it, the actor must be doing something right, because Saharn, who has been training her since last year, says he’s highly "impressed with her dedication".

"Training to be a boxer is not a cakewalk, but I must say that Priyanka has impressed me with her professionalism and dedication. There have been times when she has been hurt while sparring or working out — she also injured her knee while skipping once — but she did not let these issues interfere with her training, which, indeed, is admirable," he says.

Priyanka has been training for five to six hours a day. Her regime includes running, sparring and other exercises. "She is actually training to box and not just to appear as if she is boxing," adds Saharn.

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the biopic on Kom is being directed by Omung Kumar.

First Published: Feb 24, 2014 10:33 IST