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Bollywood debutant Darshan Kumar is seen with co-star Priyanka Chopra during the “Mary Kom” trailer launch in Mumbai July 23. (IANS photo)

Mumbai — Newcomer Darshan Kumar, who is making his Bollywood debut opposite actress Priyanka Chopra in “Mary Kom,” says it was a dream come true for him.

In the biopic on Olympic bronze medalist and five-time world champion Mary Kom, Chopra is playing the title role, while Kumar will essay the role of her husband K. Onler Kom.

"To be part of a huge film like ‘Mary Kom,’ it is a dream-come-true moment for me. Getting launched by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a big thing. This is my first film release as a lead and I bagged the role after lots of auditions," Kumar said.

He is also working with actress Anushka Sharma in her home production “NH10.”

"To be working with actresses like Priyanka and Anushka at the beginning of the career is a dream. Both are talented and I learned a lot from them," he said.

The actor said his roles in both the films are different.

"In ‘Mary Kom,’ I play Priyanka’s husband who is encouraging and is the pillar of strength in Mary’s life, while in ‘NH10’ my character has a bit of a gray shade," he said.

Kumar described the two leading ladies of Bollywood as “hardworking” and “inspiring.”

"She (Priyanka) is a very talented actress and a singer. She helped me a lot with my scenes and used to rehearse with me. Anushka is spontaneous and a down-to-earth person," Kumar said.

A Jat from New Delhi, Kumar moved to Mumbai when he was 24 years old. He joined Neena Gupta’s theater group and later moved to Motley Productions where he learned a lot about acting from veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.

Kumar said his experience in theater helped him prepare for his role in “Mary Kom.”

"I did not get a chance to meet Mary’s husband. It was Priyanka and our director who helped me prepare for my role by giving information about K. Onler Kom. I built my character based on the information we had," he said.

Directed by debutant Omung Kumar, “Mary Kom” will hit theaters Sept. 5.

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