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When my kids trouble me, I feel like punching them: Mary Kom

The Olympian doesn’t just pack a punch but has a sense of humour too. This Muhammad Ali fan talks about her memoirs, Priyanka Chopra playing her in a biopic and Bollywood.

brunch Updated: Jan 12, 2014 17:26 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
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If you weren’t a boxer you would have been...

Perhaps a singer, though I don’t think I can sing better than the punch I pack!

Who would you like to punch?

Those who irritate me unnecessarily. And sometimes when I’m out shopping and my kids trouble me, I also feel like punching them!

Your all-time favourite boxer?

I have always been a big fan of Muhammad Ali. I like his moves and punches.

Are you superstitious about boxing – do you do anything special before a bout?

Not exactly, though I would love to wear my own boxing shoes if allowed to do so.

What was your first impression about Priyanka Chopra playing you in the upcoming biopic?

I really felt very happy about Priyanka being chosen to play my role. She is very talented and very fit too.

Do you plan to teach your kids how to box?

They are too young at the moment, but I plan to do so soon.

The best thing about motherhood is…

That I have got a chance to make my kids better human beings.

The most touching thing that your kids have done for you?

They always have lots of ideas for my birthday. This time they had a huge cartoon saying ‘I love you and happy birthday mom’.

If you had to play a Bollywood heroine in a biopic, who would you like to play?

I can play anyone as I like all of them. I’m quite fond of Bollywood.

The biggest risk that you have taken?

Continuing with boxing when my family and kids needed me.

One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago?

I wish someone had asked me to start boxing in my childhood itself.

One song that describes your current state of mind.

Aaj main upar, aasman neeche (Khamoshi).

If you were a singer, which song would you love to sing?

Something that my husband would have composed.

Your fitness secret.

Complete fitness is when you are physically, emotionally and mentally fit. This happens when you stay happy and content.

We hear you never cut your nails for boxing. Why?

I like them long and pretty.

What makes your day?

Spending time with my family and a smile on my kids’ faces.

What ruins it?

The thought of going away from them.

You destress with...

My husband.

Your strategy in a crisis.

Keep your mind cool and listen to music.

First break

It happened in 2000 when I won the Manipur state women’s boxing championship

High point of your life

Winning a medal at the Olympics, besides being a mother and managing a family too

Low point of your life

Whenever I’m away from my kids and they are missing me I am...

Just released my autobiography Unbreakable

Your Favourite destination.

My home and London

Birthday: March 1

Sun Sign: Pisces

Place of birth: Manipur

Hometown: Manipur

School/College: St Xavier Catholic School, Moirang, Churachandpur College, Manipur

From HT Brunch, January 12

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First Published: Jan 10, 2014 16:23 IST