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 Kokilaben hospital and according to a friend Priyanka, "in a very very critical condition."
Till last week when her dad's condition deteriorated, Priyanka 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 illness 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 with the illness. 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.