The actress essays the life story of Olympic medal-winning boxer Mary Kom in the film, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
"Each film I do is like a ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ for me. For me, every film of mine is special, so as of now this film ‘Mary Kom’ is ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ to me. I can’t speak about my own performance; it’s for others to decide," Chopra told reporters here Aug. 13 when asked if her performance in the film was better than in “Barfi!”
"For me, work is worship; I don’t compare it with money. I do lots of hard work (for my films). If I get money, great, otherwise I will do a film like this only (free)," she said.
Kom, who had come with her husband K. Onler Kom, was the special guest at the music launch.
Chopra feels there is similarity between her and Kom’s lives.
"Mary’s life is extremely inspiring. We have similarities — like not the diamond and boxing ring — but in terms of our upbringing and where we come from, and the fact that we two women stood alone in a male-dominated field," she said.
"She, as a person, is feisty, someone who stands for her rights and fights for what she believes in, and that is not just an inspiration for me, but will be for every young person," added the actress..
Chopra says she was quite stressed when the Olympic medal-winning boxer was watching the film.
"I was shooting in Turkey for Zoya Akhtar’s film. I knew Omung Kumar (director) would call me after Mary would see the film and I had to talk to her. My biggest stress was that, as this film was based on Mary, I should be able to do justice to her personality. And if she would not like anything, then it would be a big failure for me," Chopra said.
The film’s director, Omung Kumar, said Kom appreciated the movie, which is set to release Sept. 5.
The actress agrees that there is a disparity in remuneration between heroes and heroines in Bollywood. "But the day heroine-centric films do well, there will be no disparity," she said.