Failure of the (imaginary) thought process: How Mary Kom film became a joke

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2014 15:57 IST

It has been two days since the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali's latest production venture: a biopic on five-time world champion

Mary Kom


And, most reviews have agreed on one point: had it not claimed to be a biopic of ace boxer Mary Kom, it wouldn't have received this much of criticism.

Truly, the movie has turned out to be too dramatic for one "based on the life of a woman boxing champion".

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Stretching our imagination, we try to figure out exactly what went wrong and how producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and debutant director Omung Kumar went totally overboard - only to land in a mess and make a Bollywood-ised joke of the woman and fighter that MC Mary Kom is.

Here is the chain of thoughts the filmmakers could have encountered during the production stage.

1. A Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra can come up with a Rs 100-crore sports biopic (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag); imagine how much I can earn.(Interestingly, Viacom Pictures has produced both Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom)

2. Hmmm…a boxing film has to have the Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone-starrer) feel. Come on, let's mix some ideas - and copy paste some from Rocky II.

3. Hang on, how will my movie win awards if it does not have something from Million Dollar Baby? Let's imitate some camerawork and fighting shots from the Oscar-winning film. Yeah, what a million-dollar idea!

4. We also need some appreciation from the 'pseudo-intellectuals'. Only that will qualify the film for the true mass appeal domain. So then let's simply touch upon the discrimination against people from northeast. Who cares if it doesn't make any sense at all in the context, our protagonist gets to deliver some solid 'masala' dialogues!

Samples: "I am an Indian, India mera dil mein hai." (It comes out of nowhere)

"Maine use zyada maara tha, lekin mere against discrimination ho raha hai kyunki mai Manipuri hai." (Priyanka, or Mary in the film, loses a state-level bout and we hear her speaking about Manipur for the first time) 5.Well, since we have Sanjay Leela Bhansali's name in the credits we MUST have some unrealistic overdramatic scenes. Oh wait, the last fight must be an ultimate emotional drama and have illogical tones to it.

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