MARY KOM

MARY KOM

 

Producers Note:

THE Studio – Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Mary Kom is an exceptional film that brings to life the journey of one of the most inspiring female athletes in the world. Portrayed pitch perfect by Priyanka, the screen is bristling with the fierce passion of this champion boxer. Our dream was to take this tale from Manipur to the whole of India and the world. With a (U)universal rating and tax free status in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Delhi, UP, Bengal to follow, this film will now truly belong to every common man who is inspired by uncommon dreams. Further with a premiere at Toronto film festival on eve of worldwide release, later at Busan this will also travel wide to discerning global audience of Indian Cinema. 

 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

On Mary Kom :  Not many films and biopics have been based on the life of living people so this was a huge cinematic experiment but something we were extremely passionate to bring on screen as Mary’s story was something that touched my heart .

On Priyanka Chopra : If Hollywood has Hilary Swank, we have Priyanka Chopra. Her passion, her fire, the intensity with which she works and acts just makes her sparkle.

On Omung Kumar : Very few know that when Omung and I decided to work on this project together it was a very simple story…He approached me outside an elevator and it took me a minute to say yes. It was that simple moment of intuition that has today resulted into this magnum opus.

 

 Director’s note –

Omung Kumar

I started this film three and half years back before any film on sports (biopic films) was made. We had started researching on Mary Kom. We had spoken to her three and half years back about this project. Then I approached Sanjay Leela Bhansali (producer) and Priyanka Chopra and things fell in place.

It wasn’t so difficult to replicate Mary’s life as she was an open book. We’ve picked a lot of incidents that have happened in Mary’s life. we’ve tried to consolidate 12 years of her life into 2 hours of celluloid magic.

On Viacom18 Motion Pictures

Viacom18 Motion Pictures has done full justice to a film like Mary Kom, they are experts in this field and I’m so happy that they are producing this film with sanjay Leela Bhansali. They are leaving no stone unturned. Great marketing skills and strategy is helping our film to reach out to everyone.

On Sanjay Leela Bhansali

It was great working with sanjay Leela Bhansali, we have known each other for years now, I have learnt so much from him while working on black and sawariya. His invaluable guidance shaped the film.  He is  a great mentor to have on your side and I’m so lucky to have him as a producer.

 

 PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Mary Kom is one of the toughest films of my career. Given that it is based on the life of a living legend, I had to do everything in my power to make it happen. The most difficult part was to weave between the various facets of Mary’s life… boxer, mother, daughter, wife, homemaker, fighter and above all else the woman herself.  My proudest moment so far has been Mary and Onler’s reaction to the film.

On Omung Kumar

Omung as a director was a revelation to me.  I’ve known him for many years now but in a completely different capacity.  Mary Kom the film has been in his blood stream for years now.  We’ve had a rollercoaster ride on this film… we’ve fought, punched, laughed, cried and everything else but most of all we both worked very hard to make this come alive. It hasn’t been easy for him, but he’s pulled through it with flying colors.

On Sanjay Leela Bhansali

It’s difficult to put in words the genius that is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.  He is a creative, emotional visionary that is sometimes misunderstood.  Yet his passion his vision for cinema is unparalleled.  I will be eternally grateful for the time he has spent with the me and the team of Mary Kom during the making of the film.

 

REAL LIFE MARY KOM ON REEL LIFE MARY KOM.

I don’t think anybody could have done the role as well as Priyanka. Priyanka is the best actress to play me. Acting anybody can do, but boxing will be different as one needs a certain type of body structure. Priyanka suits that. Her body is very structured, like that of a boxer. I think Omung and Sanjay Leela Bhansali made the perfect choice. I really believed she can do it. ! Everything has been done so realistically and Priyanka has performed so well. It’s like seeing my life’s story in front me. It’s surreal.

 

  Trivia :

•                Mary Kom gifted Priyanka Chopra the boxing gloves she wore when she won the world championship

 

  • After shooting for consecutive 15 hours, Priyanka would train for additional 3 hours post the pack during the entire shoot of Mary Kom

 

•                The film look to bring North Eastern talent to the fore, most of the actors in Mary Kom are from the North East especially Manipur

 

•                Priyanka Chopra wanted to maintain authenticity in the wedding scene in the film and hence decided to sport Mary Kom’s actual wedding gown. The makers got the gown altered to fit Priyanka’s body.

 

•                Ironically despite being part of several blockbusters in the span of her career, Priyanka Chopra in and as  Mary Kom was extremely nervous while shooting the scene and called her mother up to talk her through it

 

•                Priyanka Chopra lends her voice for a song in Mary Kom – The song in question is a “lori” titled “Charo” that Priyanka croons at a crucial juncture in the film

 

•                Bisou, a Manipuri local accompanied the cast and crew while shooting for Mary Kom as he acted as an expert and consultant to the team on the dialect – He was always around to oversee minute aspects of the language and the culture to ensure authenticity. Bisou was also present for all the film’s dubbing sessions

 

•                MC Mary Kom was completely overwhelmed post the screening of the film. She immediately called Priyanka who was shooting in Turkey and during the entire conversation both the ladies just couldn’t stop tearing up

 

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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