Priyanka Chopra: “I’ll be broken if Mary Kom fails”

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who will be seen playing boxing champion MC Mary Kom in upcoming biopic, says her heart will break if the film fails at the box office.

The Exotic actress said she has invested a part of her soul in Mary Kom.

“I would go home, cry and tell my mother, ‘I don’t think I can do this’ and be back on the sets next day,” she said.

Priyanka Chopra, who has stepped into the shoes of boxer Mary Kom in the movie, says Mary Kom is a very special project for her and she has pushed her limits to do justice to the role.

“I started this film at the hardest point in my life, four days after my father passed away. All my grief, everything, I have shoved into this movie. Every single day of making this movie has been a challenge. A part of my soul has gone into it. I would go home, cry and tell my mother, ‘I don’t think I can do this’ and be back on the sets next day,” she said in a recent media interaction.

The 32-year-old went through a tough physical transformation to perform the character of boxing champion MC Mary Kom

“The film is special to me. I am not good with dealing with failures, and I am not prepared to face it with this film especially because it is too close to my heart. It has inspired me personally and I want it to do well,” she added.

Mary Kom is directed by Omung Kumar.

Priyanka is apparently leaving no stone unturned to promote her film in different parts of India. She will next be there at Toronto International Film Festival for its world premiere on September 4.

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Mary Kom releases in theatres on September 5.

According to the actress, the film deserves to be promoted aggressively unline other films which are commercially big.

“The film needs aggressive promotion because it’s not some big budget masala film. I want people to watch it because I know they will be inspired by it. It is a story of how a young woman fights all odds to become India’s face in the boxing circuit worldwide. It is entertaining too because Mary is a fun person, who celebrates life to the fullest,” she added in her statement.

The Gunday actress feels responsible towards Mary Kom much more because of the faith put in by the boxer in her despite criticism from some sections that a North East actor should have played the Manipuri athlete in the movie.

“I feel so responsible that Mary is okay with me, a North Indian, playing her. She said ‘I would rather have you, an Indian, playing me on screen than some South Asian actress who looks like me’. I also believe that looking similar is important in a biopic but I have tried to tell her story and showed her real persona, so I am hoping people will like it,” said the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000.

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