At 31, Mary Kom is one of India’s best-known boxers. Even as a film based on her life gets set to release we caught up with the Olympic bronze medallist to learn more about what’s keeping her busy..
Mary Kom with her husband K Onler Kom and their youngest son Prince
* Did you think you’d one day be such an inspiration for women?
It was my dream to motivate others, and I’m sure that when they see the film, even more people will be motivated. If someone like me — who has no backing — can reach where I have, then anyone can. I never expected to win these many medals, but I always had belief.
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I’m trying to get my training routine back in order. After a two-year break (she became a mother for the third time), it’s difficult to make a comeback. I’ve had three surgeries for my pregnancy and a gall bladder problem. Try-outs for the Asian Games will happen soon. They got postponed, and I wasn’t even informed, despite being the face of women’s boxing in the country. At times, you question whether they consider you Indian.
* The makers of your biopic faced some flak after the first look of the film was unveiled, because Priyanka Chopra doesn’t look like you. Did you feel that way too?
No, but in some parts, she has tried to emulate my posture, hairstyle and clothes. It’s not looking bad. In fact, my younger son watches the songs on the phone and thinks it’s me.
* Did you recommend any actors for the film?
My only recommendation was the actor should be fit, and have a body like me. Priyanka was perfect. I have seen the film once, and I never thought it would look so beautiful. I cried a lot, remembering all the sacrifices and suffering.
* Are you going to travel with the film?
I will travel for the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. I don’t know about other places. I’ll have to check my schedule and take time out from training.
Mary Kom with her elder sons Khupneivar and Rechungwar