MUMBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is in a lot of pain these days thanks to her rigorous martial art training for a role in Farhan Akhtarâ€™s Don.
â€œI have started taking martial arts lessons for Romaâ€™s role. For someone who never works out, never goes to the gym, these past few days have been killing,â€ said Priyanka, who will do her own stunts in the upcoming film.
A remake of the 1970s hit, Don has Priyanka and Shah Rukh Khan in the main lead. In the original Don, Zeenat Aman played the avenging angel Roma. â€œI am a big, big fan of Zeenat. Her Roma in Don was really kick-a**. But mine will be different, radically different,â€ Priyanka said.
One of the vital ways in which Priyankaâ€™s Roma in Don departs from Zeenatâ€™s interpretation of the character is the on-screen physical violence. â€œYes, I am doing a lot of stunts and I am doing them on my own. In fact, I have started rigorous coaching in martial arts with a guy called Kanisk... And boy, it is tough!â€
The toughening up has taken its toll on her. â€œWhen the training started, I had aches and pains all over. Believe it or not, I never go to the gym. I never work out. So this training is really strenuous. I hope I survive.â€
And if you find Priyankaâ€™s claim that she never works out hard to believe, here are some more believe-it-or-not claims from our svelte heroines. Urmila Matondkar, whoâ€™s a voracious foodie, claims she never works out. And Aishwarya Rai says she knew nothing about physical training until she got into super-slim shape for Dhoom-2.