Priyanka Chopra is preparing hard for her role as Mary Kom
She is only 30 years old, but Priyanka Chopra has already proved herself as being competent in all aspects of the glamour industry; she is a super model, award-winning Bollywood actress, and now, a pop singer. To add to her impressive list of accolades, is her latest role in Omung Kumar’s biopic on Olympic boxing bronze medallist, Mary Kom. The role is challenging on many levels as it involves a physical and emotional transformation for Chopra, who, till date has never played such a contrasting character onscreen.
Prior to this film, she was lauded for her role in 7 Khoon Maaf where she essayed the roles of 7 characters. The difference between those roles and the biopic lies in the extreme lifestyle changes, exercise regime, and physical makeover which will transform Chopra from a Bollywood star to a lean, mean fighting machine.
This is not an easy challenge to overcome; which is what makes Chopra’s discipline and determination all the more admirable. For an actress who is naturally fit and curvaceous to develop muscles, could be a career damper, especially for Chopra who tends to play stereotypical feminine characters in most of her films. Working with her trainer Samir Juara four times a week, involves gruelling workouts which include intensive cardio workouts, weight training and body conditioning routines. Her diet is high in protein so as to assist in quicker muscle building, and she is not permitted to snack on fatty, oily, or sugary food. Her facial skin is being experimented on with prosthetics and heavy makeup which will give her a distinctly north eastern appearance.
Apart from this Chopra has taken pains to get into the skin of the real Mary Kom in order to understand her roots better. She has reported even stayed with Kom at her native home, and has spent a great deal of time conversing with her and discussing various nuances of behaviour and boxing techniques which need to be accurately portrayed onscreen. Kom is reportedly grateful and excited to be portrayed by the gorgeous actress, and is said to be fully supportive of the film, even stepping in to work with designer Rajat Tangri who is designing Chopra’s look for the biopic.
It takes determination and grit to work with such extreme lifestyle changes, and to take on the arduous task of getting into character. Chopra displayed her level of professionalism recently by choosing to return to her work and regime a mere 8 days after losing her father to cancer. Bereavement and grief notwithstanding, she continues to shoot and train with extreme focus, and from the look of photos which show her more muscled appearance, she seems to be transforming from beautiful model to a strong, beautiful sportswoman with ease.
Recently, Chopra wrote on a social networking site about being punched in the face while practicing a fight move for the film; the injury left her bleeding profusely from the mouth. True to her high professional standards however, Chopra moved forward with ease, and it is expected that her portrayal of Mary Kom onscreen will be true to life, and entirely accurate.