Bagging the role of Mary Kom is just the beginning for Priyanka Chopra.
Chopra who will be portraying the five-time women's boxing champion and Olympic medalist in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, must now learn how to box! Luckily the real life Mary Kom is on hand to help her do it.
The actress, who is said to resemble the world champion in her body stature and will now train with the boxer herself for four months to learn the ropes of boxing.
Times Of India quoted a source saying that although Priyanka had never punched anyone till date, Mary Kom would coach her. And despite the fact that four months is a very short time, Priyanka is confident that she will be able to fight like a pro after the lessons.
Not only that, Priyanka is all out for method acting. She will reportedly fly down to Manipur and live with Mary's family to understand her struggle and how she juggled the life of a wife and mother as well as that of a boxer. She is also hoping to learn more about the boxer's life from the anecdotes that she might hear about her, during her stay there.
"She needs to understand how Mary has struggled to perfect her sport even though she had to play mother to twins and take care of her husband. There are a lot of things about Mary's family that nobody knows. For instance, Mary's father became aware of his daughter's affinity to boxing only after he read about her achievements in the newspaper. By spending time with the family, Priyanka will get to know about such stories," said a source to Times Of India.
Infact the buzz is that Mary herself might also make a special appearance in the film, as the opponent of the onscreen Mary Kom.
Bollywood isn't really known for its sports films, but Lagaan was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2002, and Chak De India found box-office success.