Mary Kom till date remains to be one of the most inspirational Bollywood biopics, based on the real life story of the woman boxer. In the film, Priyanka Chopra essayed her role perfectly, wowing audiences with a stand out performance, looking proving to be a perfect fit for the character.
However, 4 years later, it has come to light that Priyanka wasn’t the only choice for the role. According to reports, debutante director, Omung Kumar initially offered the role to Rani Mukerji who declined it. Priyanka then willingly accepted the role and did everything she could to shadow the boxer. When Rani declined the role of Mary Kom, apparently the filmmaker had also offered the same part to Deepika Padukone.
Yes, you heard it right! Coming from a sports background, Deepika was one of the choices and the actress was apparently more than happy to essay the role of the iconic sportsperson.
However, the role eventually went to Priyanka Chopra. Speaking about her interest in the film during a press interaction in the past, Deepika had said, “I would have loved to do a biopic on Mary Kom, but now Priyanka Chopra is doing it.
I feel she is right for the film. I am glad a film on Mary Kom is being made. People have started recognising her. At least her achievements will not go waste. When two years ago I used to talk about Mary Kom, everyone was clueless. Today when a film is being made on her, everyone seems to have some interest in her.”
Who do you think would suit the role of Mary Kom better? Did Priyanka do a good job, or would Deepika have been a better choice?
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