‘It’ll be a shame if an actor of another ethnicity plays Mirabai Chanu in biopic’, says ‘Mary Kom’ actress Lin Laishram

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s glorious victory will surely go down in the history as one of the iconic moments of our country. Owing to the fact several conversations aroused through the social media as fans urged for a biopic on this Manipuri athlete’s life.

Actress Lin Laishram who hails from the Northeastern state responded to such comments and said that she is proud of girls like Mirabai;who won a silver medal for the country and put the state of Manipur on the world map and biopic on such legends of the country would be a pure gold.


Expressing her happiness she also said that; “Film is a visual medium and people connect to it faster. A story about a small-town girl winning in the Olympics will be an inspiration to our youth, especially girls and it’ll be a shame if an actor of another ethnicity plays it in today’s day and age. Inclusivity is a big thing across the world and about time we as a country practice it as well.”

Lin Laishram belongs to that underrated class of Bollywood who gained popularity without any godfathers in the industry.She has been working in the industry for almost a decade and came to limelight with the 2014 biopic of Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas in the titular role of a boxer.Lin essayed the role of Bem-Bem, a friend of Mary Kom.

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Laishram speaks about Mary Kom cast

In an earlier interview, Lin had said that although she admires Priyanka for her hard work, she believes in authenticity, and that a girl from Manipur or the North East could have been cast for accurate representation.


According to Lin, a director for not just Mirabai, but any biopic has to be someone who understands both intrinsic and extrinsic factors of the story and the person on whom the film is based.

Sharing an authentic narrative not only requires good casting but also a filmmaker who can breathe life into the story. If a girl from Manipur can make her country proud then why can’t the country’s biggest entertainment industry make Manipur proud by right casting. Manipur might be a small state; but has enormous talents who are just deprived of the right opportunities..