The connection between Bollywood and sports is getting stronger with many biopics emerging on talented sports personalities like hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (Chak De! India), sprinter Milkha Singh (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) and the latest being world champion boxer Mary Kom.
While Priyanka Chopra won accolades for playing Mary Kom on-screen, the ace boxer has taken the world by a storm by winning her first gold in Asian Games on October 1, 2014.
Mary Kom defeated Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan in the finale of women's flyweight (48-51 kg) division.
The 31-year-old Padma Bhushan recipient from Manipur used her 14-year-experience to pave her way to the golden glory despite losing the first round.
And while the country's interest in women's boxing championship increased many-fold after watching reel Mary Kom, the real life competant boxer has added another feather to her cap.
An elated Priyanka Chopra, who convincingly depicted Mary Kom's struggling journey to make a mark for herself in the boxing arena, took to Facebook and Twitter to congratulate the five-time world champion on her historic victory. Priyanka posted:
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to congratulate Mary Kom. He posted:
T 1631 - MARY KOM WINS GOLD ..!! WHAT A FEAT .. PROUD INDIAN ..!!? Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 1, 2014
Haider Shahid Kapoor also tweeted:
Huge congratulations to the relentlessly inspiring Mary Kom for yet again making india proud? sHAhID kapooR (@shahidkapoor) October 1, 2014
Here's to inspiring amaranthine women power!