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‘I Was Just Greedy…’ Priyanka Admits A Northeastern Actor Should’ve Played Mary Kom

After conquering Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas is now making waves in Hollywood and was recently seen in Keanu Reeves’ The Matrix Resurrections. Looking back at her career, in a recent interview, the actress talked about her film choices. She also opened up on playing the role of Mary Kom in her biopic. Directed by Omung Kumar, the film was released in 2014 and turned out to be a success at the box office.  

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While Priyanka got huge appreciation for her performance, the makers were criticised for not casting a Northeastern actor in the role of Mary Kom. After around eight years of the film’s release, the National-award-winning actress has addressed the backlash and admitted that a Northeastern should have played the role. 

In the latest edition of Vanity Fair, Priyanka said, “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”.

Well, that’s too honest.

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In the interview, Priyanka, who portrayed a sexual predator in Aitraaz at the age of 21, also talked about taking the risk of playing a negative character on screen. She said big actresses of mainstream commercial films, at that time, had to play good girls on screen. “It was a lot at the time,” said the actress talking about her role in Aitraaz.

She further added, “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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Well, we must say that Priyanka has indeed come a long way. With a meaty part in the ABC series Quantico, Priyanka made her Hollywood debut in 2015. She’ll next be seen in the romantic comedy Text For You, followed by Citadel on Amazon Prime Video. With the upcoming film Jee Le Zaraa, she is set to make her Bollywood comeback. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the film also stars Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. 

Source: Indian Express

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