By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Destiny has a way of dealing unexpected blows. Priyanka Chopra may look like the girl who has it all. But deep inside, she’s grieving …hard.
Priyanka’s father, the affable Dr Ashok Chopra, is unwell. Seriously unwell. The cancer that struck the doctor a few years ago has returned. He’s currently at the Kokilabehn hospital and according to a friend Priyanka, “in a very very critical condition.”
A self-confessed daddy’s girl, Priyanka Chopra is very anxious and worried. She has now postponed all rehearsals for Omang Kumar’s Mary Kom bio-pic about the life of Indian woman boxer Mary Kom who won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Till last week when her dad’s condition deteriorated Priyanka Chopra went about her work as normal. Only those close to her know what she’s going through. Priyanka was attending the rehearsals for the Mary Kom bio-pic while attending to her Dad in her free time.
Says a source from the Mary Kom crew, “Priyanka was religiously attending each and every rehearsal. She doesn’t talk about her father’s illnss with anyone. Nothing in her outward behaviour suggests anything irregular in her life. Only her close friends know what she is going through.”
Back in 2005 when she was shooting for Rohan Sippy’s Bluffmaster her father was first diagnosed as ill. Priyanka had not shared her agony with anyone on the sets.
“It’s the same now. Priyanka hasn’t told anyone at her work place how unwell her father is. When she does all the pugilist practice for her Mary Kom role it’s almost as though she’s venting all her grief through her fists. But now she has postponed all rehearsals,” says the source from the Mary Kom team.
The actress performed Mahamrityunjay pooja at her home on Friday to pray for the recovery of her dad.