Panaji: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who is playing the five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom in a forthcoming biopic, says she shares a slice of life with the legendary sportswoman.
"Her story is same as that of mine. I too struggled when I came in the industry and cried alone. It is basically the story of every girl, who has a dream," Chopra said during an interaction at the ThinkFest here last evening.
The film is about the trials and tribulations of Mary, who was born to landless farmer in Manipur and subsequently rose to make a mark for herself as a boxer. "What fascinates me about her is that I wanted to tell the story of real Mary," the actress said, adding that the story about the female sportswoman has never been told through the medium of films in India.
Although Mary is a boxer, she is a typical girl who wears nail paint beneath her boxing gloves, Chopra said. "She loves singing, watching movies and everything that a girl likes," the actress added.
Mary Kom, who was present during the interaction, narrated how North East girls are treated as Nepalis and non-Indians in other parts of the country including Delhi.
She said the situation in Manipur was dreading. "I am scared to move around without security. My department (police) has given me security... Otherwise it is not only me but even my family won't be safe," said the Arjuna awardee.