No prosthetics for PeeCee

It seems like all the efforts put in to transform Priyanka Chopra, from sexy siren into pro-boxer Mary Kom, has gone to waste, as the filmmakers have now decided not to go ahead with prosthetic makeup for the actress.


The film's producer Sanjay Leela Bansali and director Omang Kumar have decided mutually that they don't want to risk inducing physical similarities between Priyanka and Mary Kom on screen. A source close to the project informs, "Priyanka is very excited about playing her first real-life character. She wants to connect closely with Mary Kom on both the emotional and physical levels."


Hollywood's Star Trek fame makeup artist, Mark Garbarino, who even won an Oscar in 2009 was hired to do a prosthetic makeover by giving PC heavier eyelids for a more Asian look. But the filmmakers were worried those prosthetics would not hold during heavy action boxing bouts and are keen on using VFX instead of prosthetics to make the actress look like the Olympic medalist.


The source further adds, "Priyanka may end up looking like a caricatural avatar of Mary Kom. When Robert Downey Jr played Charlie Chaplin he didn't try to physically resemble Chaplin. The best way to approach Mary Kom's role would be to not try too hard to look like her. So no prosthetics."

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