Review: Mary Kom

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Mary Kom chronicle of the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom, a Manipur rice farmer’s daughter who charts her own success story as a five-time world amateur boxing champion. She does India proud when she bags the bronze in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The movie begins in earnest by showing an incident that builds Mary Kom’s (Priyanka Chopra) interest in self-defence before showing her first interaction with a boxing gymnasium and coach and her entry into boxing. Debutant director Omung Kumar beautifully portraits her initial training, her struggle with a new sport, her immense dedication and will, her passion, while at the same time showing the immense struggle of balancing the needs of home and boxing and the additional sacrifices that she had to make to pay for her classes and equipment, all in the context of the poverty that was a constant in her early life.

The somehwat melodramatic and cinematic script builds up to the reasons for Mary’s first unsanctioned fight and the immense odds that she faces against a fancied opponent to win some money for her family. Mary is shown balancing the demands of her training with the demands of her young children and how the balance is made possible by the unending attention of her husband Onler (Darshan Kumar), who learns to take care of the children under Mary’s supervision.

Priyanka’s performance is focused and intense. She is inspiring despite an imperfect script. Her physical transformation and body language is absolutely spot on. She is a fierce fighter one moment and a giggly girl the next. Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa (Mary Kom’s boxing trainer) are brilliant in their supporting cast roles.

Mary Kom is Bollywood’s version to the Oscar-winner Million Dollar Baby (2004), where Hilary Swank plays an amateur boxing champ trained by Clint Eastwood.

Music composed by Shashi Shivamm fits in naturally. ‘Dil ye ziddi hai’ and ‘Salaam India’ are our best picks of the movie.

Mary Kom’s biopic is awe-inspiring and mostly due to Priyanka Chopra. The movie ends with India’s national anthem being played, leaving the audience filled with a strong emotion and great feeling of patriotism.