Movie Review: Mary Kom
Every film is made with the intention of engaging the audience with a certain kind of emotion. A comedy film should make you laugh, a horror film should scare the day lights out of you. Similarly a biopic on a sporting legend should be able to inspire you mentally and instill a sense of patriotism within you. Taking that into consideration, Mary Kom (the film) does succeed to some extent but it also has its fair share of loopholes. It is definitely not the best biopic to come out of Bollywood. Since the memories of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is still so fresh in our mind, Mary Kom pales in comparison and otherwise, too.
- Priyanka Chopra’s bravura act. from a ‘ziddi’ teenager to a world champion and a caring mother of two, she is just effortlessly convincing. She has invested a lot in the film, and thankfully it shows.
- The strong message about women’s empowerment and a united India, which is evident in almost every scene is what makes the film noble and relevant in current times.
- The wonderful and eclectic bunch of talents from the North East, that makes up the supporting cast. Rajni Basumatary as Mary Kom’s mother seemed naturally at ease with her character. Binud Kumbang as ‘Lalboi’ manages to bring in the cheers. Kenny Basumatary (best friend of Mary Kom’s husband) and Pabitra Rabha (the bookie) are equally impressive in their ‘barely there’ roles.
- Debutante Darshan Kumar who plays Mary Kom’s husband is spontaneous and impactful.
- A gripping climax and a smart ending, literally forces you to give the film a standing ovation. As they say, all’s well that ends well.
- The lack of depth in the screenplay makes the narrative plain and simple, thus also bringing in a few monotonous moments. It’s almost as if someone is telling a story without actually knowing the art of how to do it.
- Songs come up every 5-10 minutes, thus taking away the seriousness from plot.
- At one point it almost seemed like the director is more interested in showcasing the sponsors above everything else.
- The scene where Priyanka Chopra gets angry and attacks the organizers; *”Main Manipuri hain, isiliye mere saath partiality karta hain. I am an Indian….”, *seemed ‘forced’ and ‘unnecessary’. It was wise on the part of the director to address the issue of ‘racism’ but the situation wasn’t demanding one.
- The film manages to tell the story of Mary Kom to the world, but it’s done in such a bland way that it is doubtful whether people are getting the right message out of it or not. Neither Mary Kom nor Manipur is shown from a different perspective. Mary Kom is just the bait, at the end of the day, it’s Priyanka Chopra, the movie star, who takes home all the glory.
Mary Kom definitely packs a punch, but it’s more of a physical punch. You’re left emotionally and creatively unsatisfied. Watch it for Priyanka Chopra and our very own Mary Kom.