Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali compares
Priyanka Chopra with Million
Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank insisting that only Barfi star could pull
of the title role in Mary Kom, a biopic on Olympic bronze
medallist and five-time World Champion M.C. Mary Kom.
Sports drama Million Dollar Baby was the story of
a waitress' determination to become a boxing champ and Swank played
the protagonist in the film, which did so well that it took home
four golden statuettes.
"Mary Kom is a very special film and no one other than Priyanka
could have pulled off the role," Bhansali told reporters at the
trailer launch of Mary Kom.
"Priyanka is an atom bomb and power packed talent. Her
dedication, passion, and commitment towards her work is
commendable. If Hollywood has Hillary Swank, we have Priyanka
Chopra," said Bhansali.
Bhansali also compared Priyanka's talent with Nutan and Waheeda
Rehman saying she is in the "same league".
Bhansali feels Mary Kom was destined to happen.
"If a film has to happen, it will happen. For this film, we had
no meetings or readings. Omung was in the lift and told me he wants
to make a film on Mary Kom and I said yes then and there. So, I
feel the film was meant to happen," he said.
Directed by Omung Kumar and co-produced by Viacom18
Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, the movie
Mary Kom will release on September 5.