However, the boxing champion based on whom the biopic was made, MC Mary Kom herself feels that Priyanka was the best choice and she has reasons to justify her opinion.
When asked whether filmmakers should have opted for a talent from the north-east rather than Chopra who does not have Mongoloid features like a Manipuri, Mary supported the producers who said that a mainstream Bollywood actress would make the movie a hit.
"Someone from the northeast could have played my role but then the movie might not have become a hit. Everyone knows Priyanka Chopra as she is a superstar and that is why the film is receiving so much attention. Had it not been her, the film would not have been a hit," Mary said.
The boxer who has been honoured with Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award, said no one in India knew her till she won the Olympics. "And after the film's release more people know me and also about the state of Manipur. So I feel very proud," Mary Kom added.
On whether all incidents of her life are reported accurately in the movie Mary Kom, she said, "It is a commercial film and based on my life. Most part of the story is the real story of my life".