From Manipur, stories of the women actors who didn’t get to play Mary Kom (INDIAN EXPRESS)

Excerpt: “While Priyanka Chopra ended up playing Kom, Laishram bagged a role of the boxer’s friend and sparring partner. “Two years ago, when I spoke to the director, I think they were looking for someone from the Northeast. Only much later did they decide on PC, and I completely get that — to be able to make a movie saleable and a hit, you have to cast big stars,’’ says the actor, who is in her twenties. There are other actors from the region in the film, like Rajni Basumatry from Assam who plays Mary’s mother. “They are key members of the cast, and they made Priyanka Chopra’s character seem real and rooted,” says Omung Kumar, who has directed Mary Kom (the film releases in September) . … But she has very few illusions about how the system works. When she enters an agency to audition for an ad film, she ticks the box which says “foreign” because she knows she won’t be considered for the Indian roles.”

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2 Responses to “From Manipur, stories of the women actors who didn’t get to play Mary Kom (INDIAN EXPRESS)”

  1. With a big star, the film gets bigger and gets more attention.

    A person who recites Geeta or from Yadav community need not necessarily be considered to play Krishna role.

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  2. **Story not restricted to the North-east alone**

    Recently, I chanced upon an article in a daily newspaper. At a talk Farhan Akhtar gave in Delhi he had this to say about playing Milkha: “I must thank all the actors who refused to play Milkha Singh before me; I was sold on it in the first 20 minutes of the story’s narration. Working on the film taught me that there is potential within each human being to achieve anything they set their mind on to if they’re willing to sacrifice luxuries and remain focussed.”

    – See more at: http://thebigindianpicture.com/2014/04/the-actor-who-prepared/#sthash.UfTUx8SC.dpuf

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