Mary Kom : Inspiring tale told in uninspiring way
M. C. Mary Kom is a 5 times World Boxing Champion from India, also known as Magnificent Mary. Her story is very inspiring due to her humble origins and her outstanding struggle to come out of it and be a champion. Sanjay Leela Bhansali teamed up with Director Omung Kumar to bring out this motivating tale of magnificent Mary.
Mary Kom movie’s story and screenplay is written by Saiwyn Qadras but unfortunately it is flat and not very intriguing. It does grow gradually with post interval portions being more interesting. However, the screenplay makes the movie an average affair. Dialogs by Ramendra Vasishth and Karan Singh Roathore are good.
Director Omung Kumar has the skills and tries honestly to keep things gripping enough for the audience. The film is visually appealing and moves at fast pace. Overall, being a tough film to direct, it is an impressive debut by him. He is successful in extracting good performances from his cast. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also credited for creative direction. But the treatment of the film clearly shows Sanjay did not interfere in Omung’s work.
While talking about performances, it is a Priyanka Chopra film all the way. He is not acting but living Mary Kom on the screen. She has poured blood, sweat and herself in the role and it shows. The grit, determination and commitment to do such kind of role is required as the same reflects on the screen and in the character portrayal too. Priyanka has it all and hence she breathes life into the character of Mary Kom.
She’s very well accompanied by Darshan Kumaar (plays Onler Kom, Mary’s husband) who acts equally good. He steals our heart in the role of a great supporting husband who becomes the strength of his champion wife. Sunil Thapa in the role of Mary’s Coach does a fabulous job. All other actors in supporting roles do full justice to their roles. Thus, casting by Shruti Mahajan and Parag Mehta is spot on.
Technically the film is superb. Cinematography by Keiko Nakahara is incredibly beautiful. Production Design by Vanita Omung Kumar is akin to the demand of the script. Background Music by Rohit Kulkarni is uplifting the mood of the film. Music by Shashi-Shivam is one of the weakness of the movie. Editing by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rajesh Pandey and Namrata Rao is superb. Action Direction by Parvez Shaikh’s and Boxing Choreography by Rob Miller impressive.
On the whole, Mary Kom is a decent attempt at biographical portrayal of the Boxing Champion. However, due to lack of better screenplay, it fails in achieving the best ratings it could have achieved.
Recommendation : This story is a must watch. And it is a clean film which can be watched with full family and kids. It is tax-free too. However, if you can not deal with even slight disappointment, you can wait for its satellite release or home video.