FROM learning a tough language like Burmese to being deported from the country, Michelle Yeoh went through a lot to portray her 'hero Aung San Suu Kyi on the big screen in 'The Lady and the actress calls it the most passionate film she has ever made. The 48-year-old actress, who approached French director Luc Besson to helm the film, says it was her commitment to the Burmese leaders cause that helped her go through the challenging journey. It was a challenging task playing Suu Kyi. When I found out about a movie regarding Aung San Suu Kyi, as an Asian woman this was the most iconic and inspiring figure I could have played. It was like a dream come true to be able to play a role like this, said Michelle. The Malaysia-born actress, who has starred in films like 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and 'Memoirs of a Geisha, said the part enriched her as an actress as she researched extensively to make her portrayal believable. Michelle went through 200 hours of footage of Suu Kyi. It was about being committed to the role. When you are devoted to the story you have to tell it as real as possible. Every time you choose a role you hope that it enriches you. Suu is a heroic figure. Its not enough to just impersonate or look like her. Its her inner strength that needs to be felt. I researched and knew the story, watched her footage. I am her in the film, she said. So committed she was to portray Suu Kyi in the most authentic manner, Michelle even learnt to speak in Burmese to deliver certain dialogues to show the Nobel peace laureates connect with the people in her country. Learning Burmese was tough as it is not similar to any Asian language. I was lucky I had an incredible teacher, a Burmese lady who cannot be credited as she lives with her family in Burma. People dont know she helped me with the film. It was also a commitment. It was necessary to say the Shwedagon speech in Burmese to show that she was her fathers daughter, said Michelle. FE