Priyanka Chopra: 'Mary Kom' was physically and emotionally demanding

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Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Thursday said playing the role of a living national icon in Mary Kom put a load on her, adding that it is an experience that will always stay with her.

The actress took to Instagram to recall essaying the starring role in the 2014 biopic “Mary Kom”.

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“Playing #MaryKom was not what I expected at all. The weight of telling the story of a living, national icon put a load on me that I hadn’t shouldered before. It was surreal in many ways,” she wrote alongside a video.

“She was a world champion sportswoman who was and is still competing and is on top of her game. It was an honour but also a huge responsibility for me as an actor. It was both physically and emotionally demanding requiring an extreme amount of training to not just get into the physical shape but to learn her particular style of boxing… she is left handed and I’m right,” she added.

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The actress continued: “So I had to learn to box as a south paw which was a challenge. It’s an experience I will never forget. An amazing team and an equally supportive Mary herself saw me through it all.”

Priyanka will next be seen in the film adaptation of “The White Tiger”, which she has also executive produced. Her new release is the OTT-released film “We Can Be Heroes” directed by Robert Rodriguez. She is currently developing an untitled comedy with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, and also working on Russo Brothers’ “Citadel” and “The Matrix 4”.

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