Priyanka Opens Up About ‘Mary Kom’, Says A Woman From The Northeast Should’ve Been Cast

Earlier, ‘Mary Kom’ actor Lin Lainshram had expressed her opinions on representation and said that a woman from the North-east should have been cast to essay the role of Mary Kom in the film. Even Anushka Sharma playing the role of cricketer Jhulan Goswami in the film ‘Chakda Xpress’ has raised a lot of questions regarding why a dusky, Bengali actor wasn’t cast as the lead.

Keeping the second film aside, Priyanka Chopra opened up about ‘Mary Kom’ and agreed that a woman from the North-east should have been cast to play the role of the boxing champion.

 

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The Indian Express quoted her saying:

“The part should have probably gone to someone from the Northeast. But I was just greedy as an actor to get a chance to tell her story, because as a woman, she inspired me so much,” she said.

PeeCee also opened up about Aitraaz and her performing the role of a villain early on in her career. Considering that female actors were expected to be coy, “pure”, and “good girls”, Priyanka was often criticized for her role.


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“At that time, big heroines who’d be in the mainstream commercial movies had to be a lot more coy, pure, good girls. Versus my character in Aitraaz, who was a bad b**ch. At that time, it was a lot.”

 

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She went on to add:

“Because my character was a sexual predator, and I was 21 or 22, and people were like, ‘If you play such a sexually charged character, I don’t know if your audience will be able to see you as the dream girl’.”

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