The success of any sports film lies in its screenplay which must be adequately dramatic and jaw dropping but sports should be the canvas on which the film should be painted. But Mary Kom from its first trailer itself is nothing of just an ordinary sports film. It is the story of a woman who despite coming from secluded, impoverished background was gutsy enough to realize her dreams.
Priyanka Chopra is nothing even close to Manipuri and the prosthetic make up doesn’t get her features closer either. But it is so hard to care for such flimsy details when you are faced with a trailer that manages to squeeze out tears and leaves by goosebumps. The build up, the setting, the climax and Priyanka’s demeanor is strewn so wonderfully together in the trailer.
I don’t deny that the design of the film is fashioned as a crowd pleaser, where the story of an underdog winning against all odds comes as a lucid, winsome tale. It has the streak of a compelling film. In the scenes, where Priyanka is practicing to remind herself what Mary Kom is made of, is brilliantly done. I don’t think any other actress in the industry has the mettle of playing this character better than Priyanka Chopra. She is gritty, sinks her teeth into her character, playing the legendary boxer with power and panache. After a string of bad films, Priyanka is back in a role that does justice to her caliber.
Talking about women empowerment to the state of sports in India, to how the social scheme of things aren’t as fluid for a woman in India, especially because she is socialized into believing she isn’t cut out to be a boxer because that’s a man job, and finally how becoming a mother is a end of every woman’s career (which stands true for all careers and not necessarily restricted to boxing). The film does seem to flaunt a flatteringly power-packed narrative, that comes out evident in the trailer.
The song, ‘Dil Ye Ziddi Hai‘ playing in the background has some charm in it which works. Probably this one is a Bollywood masala fare, that will revel in its trappings, but I am a true blood Hindi fillum fan and this quite scores for me. The minuses like Priyanka’s perfect diction in the last sentence doesn’t really scream authentic, but the trailer shows that this will be a good film in store.
I am all geared up to root for the underdog that the nation needs to know more about. Looks like fighting like a girl will indeed be the next in thing, and this girl can’t be more elated about it!
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