Lucknow — Actress Priyanka Chopra hopes that her portrayal of MC Mary Kom in forthcoming biopic “Mary Kom” would prove to be a milestone in her film career.

Chopra, 32, says the film, which is based on the life and struggles of the renowned boxer, is her token of love to Kom on Teacher’s Day as the film is releasing Sept.  5.

"The portrayal of the character was very challenging and this film can prove to be the milestone in my career. Since the film is releasing on Teacher’s Day and as Mary Kom has taught me the nuances of boxing, I am dedicating it to Mary Kom as my ‘guru dakshina,’" said Chopra, who was here to promote the film.

 The former Miss World, however, did not approve of the film being referred to as a woman-centric movie.

"Instead of ‘Mary Kom’ being treated as a gender-centric film, it should be taken as a normal one", she said.

On her preparations to play the Olympic bronze medal winner, Chopra said that the training she underwent to fit into the personality of a dedicated women like Kom was difficult.

"Mary Kom is a left-hander, but I use my right hand more. It was difficult to adopt her techniques in front of the camera," she said.

Chopra advocated making sports compulsory in schools, saying that it would help promote more players like Kom.

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