Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal this Olympic season, finishing second in the 49kg women’s weightlifting category. She lifted a total of 202 kg. This is India’s first-ever silver Olympic medal in weightlifting.
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Actress Lin Laishram on Mirabai Chanu’s achievement
Her glorious victory will go down in the history as one of the most iconic wins.
Lin Laishram, who played a pivotal role in Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Mary Kom,’ is proud of Chanu for putting the North Eastern state on the world map with her victory.
Lin herself hails from Manipur. In an interview, Lin says, “A small state like Manipur has produced many great sports stars. I am extremely proud of Mirabai. Winning a silver medal and putting Manipur, India on the world map is a feeling of victory of unity in diversity.”
Moreover, with historic victories like these comes possibilities of cinematic adaptation. Mirabai’s historic triumph has high chances of getting a Bollywood adaptation in the form of a biopic. Lin added that it would be inspiring for others to see Chanu’s story.
‘Talked about’ possibilities of a biopic on Chanu
The actress says, “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.”
She also says that if the offer comes her way, she will accept it. She says, “I would love to play Mirabai. I feel it depends a lot on the narrative of the story, and someone deserving should be cast.”
Additionally, Adil Hussain, who himself hails from North East, echoed Lin’s thoughts. He says that it’s high time Bollywood makes up for the lost opportunity and redeems itself.
Therefore, during an interview, he says that someone else could have played the role of Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom. He adds, “I’d have preferred someone from North East. This isn’t at all a judgment on Priyanka, and she’s a very accomplished artist. If someone makes a movie on Mirabai Chanu, I’m sure they’d be more imaginative and cast someone from the Northeast.”