Some find it over the top, others feel Priyanka Chopra was not the right choice to play the title role. But boxing champ M.C. Mary Kom is happy with Omung Kumar's directorial venture Mary Kom and says that the biopic has captured the true essence of her life.
It had a successful run at the box office and Mary Kom says that
the movie would not have been a hit if any look-alike had played
"What makes me happy is that my story and whatever it may
contain to inspire younger generations, would now be taken far. Now
the story of my struggle has gone to every corner of India," she
Q: When you saw yourself on screen what were you
A: I broke down and cried. I remembered all the difficulties and
all my struggles. It hasn't been easy being Mary Kom. The film took
me on an emotional journey. When I saw it the first time, I cried
uncontrollably. Again when we had a screening of the film on
September 3, I broke down. I can't forget all the pain and stress
I've been through.
Q: Do you think Mary Kom, the film, captures your
A: Almost. Yes, it's got my life almost right. Except for the
bits showing insurgency in Manipur that affects my state so deeply,
the rest of the film is true to my life. It's all true. Priyanka
has done a great job of playing me. And not just Priyanka, even
Darshan Kumaar who plays my husband is very, very good.
Q: Priyanka doesn't look like you at all. Is that a problem for
A: No! I don't think it was important for her to look like me.
In many ways Priyanka is very similar to me. It was important to
feel like me. Any other girl from Manipur or the Northeast could
look more like me. But to express my feelings and thoughts was more
important. Also, the movie would not have been a hit if any
look-alike had played my role.
Q: You said Priyanka is similar to you. In what ways?
A: Yes, we are similar people. We found a lot in common. We both
laugh and cry a lot. We've both gone through our own struggle. A
lot of hard work has gone into her career, just like mine. The
struggle has not been easy for either for us.
Q: How would you rate the film?
A: I don't know (laughs). What makes me happy is that my story
and whatever it may contain to inspire younger generations, would
now be taken far. Now the story of my struggle has gone to every
corner of India.
Q: And that makes you happy?
A: Very happy (laughs). I may not be known in some parts of the
country. I am hopeful that after this film, I'll be known in every
corner of India.
Q: Is your husband Onler like Darshan Kumaar who plays
A: Yes, except that he (Darshan) is more handsome. But I think
the movie has made a great effort to capture our real lives, and
succeeded. A lot of hard work has gone into the film.
Q: Your husband has created a problem for all us husbands. Every
wife wants a husband like yours.
A: (Giggles uncontrollably) My husband is very cool, very good,
very simple and humble. He has fully supported me in everything
I've done. I'd really like more husbands to support their wives in
their dreams, ambitions. I am very lucky to have a husband like
Q: Audiences everywhere are watching Mary Kom, but not
in your home state.
A: I am really upset about this. I really want people in Manipur
to see the film. But there is a ban on Hindi movies. I'd really
like the film to release in my state. I am sorry it hasn't happened
Q: Have your children seen their mother's film?
A: (Laughs) Yes, and they know that's their mother's story. One
of my sons, the one with the heart problem, immediately recognised
Priyanka. They were very excited.
Q: What now?
A: I am preparing for the Asian Games. I'll continue to do the
best for my country.
Q: I want you to play yourself in Mary Kom Part
A: (laughs) That would be something.
Q: Your final thoughts on the film?
A: Please see the film. That's really my story. Except that my
real struggle was far more difficult. Many of the incidents have
been toned down. If they had shown my real struggle, it would have
been impossible for the audience to see. But my life history has
been put on screen honestly.