Rushed up first half, an uneven and bumpy screenplay-but in the end, it’s all about an Indian woman, an Indian daughter, an Indian wife, an Indian mother and an Indian champion.
Keeping the long story short, I’d just say that this biopic wasn’t as satisfying as it should’ve been. ‘Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom’ deserved a better biopic and that’s because of the poor writing. Mary’s life is inspiring and normal at the same time. Most of the North-East people have faced similar hardships, most of the athletes and sportspersons in India have gone through similar ups and downs-
But in the end, it’s about how she went against all the odds and just followed her passion for boxing, that’s how she proved herself and even silenced her critics.
Now that’s where the film succeeded^
In the first half, Saiwyn Quadras and Omung Kumar just try ‘too’ hard. They rush it up, as the film seems directionless. You get involved in one scene and immediately the emotions change. Inconsistency is actually the main flaw. Priyanka Chopra’s accent and dialogues too, are inconsistent and honestly, I don’t know whether it’s the dialogue writer’s fault or Priyanka, but Omung certainly deserves the criticism.
The film is not bad, but it’s just that-this could’ve been SO MUCH BETTER. Some sequences were overdramatised, some were just shown out of the blue and some fell flat because of the art design. But the film has its moments, especially in the second half.
Priyanka Chopra has once again proved that she’s much better than all her contemporaries. She’s the same woman who blew your mind in Aitraaz, Fashion, 7 Khoon Maaf and Barfi. She makes you feel Mary’s journey, obviously she can’t be Mary, no one can be Mary but after watching this film, I can assure you no one would’ve played it better on screen. No other actress! And she shot this after her father’s demise, she transformed her body, diversified her emotions and what not.
This year has been wonderful for female oriented films and yes-we’ve seen better films, much better films-but Priyanka’s surely going to take the lead.
Sunil Thapa (Coach) and Darshan Kumar (Husband) are perfectly casted and they are exceptional. Specially Darshan! So natural, so calm and so composed. That’s how you play such a character, that’s exactly how you do it. Hats off to the real Onler, we need such men in our country. Mary wouldn’t have been Mary without Onler and her coach.
All the songs are beautifully composed. No item song or an unnecessary dance number, but each and every song goes with the film. Arijit Singh deserves all the awards a singer can ever receive, seriously. He’s divine. But Salaam India, which has been selected as the official song for the Asian Games 2014-is the pick of the album. Wrenches your heart and gives you goosebumps. BEAUTIFULLY SHOT!
Overall, Mary Kom is a nice film that could’ve been much better. Despite a disappointing first half, it picks up after the interval and then, it is at least believable. Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, the last 20 minutes of the film, the soundtrack and Mary herself, enough reasons for you to go out there and watch the journey of this wonderful champion.
She’s Manipuri, she looks a bit different, but she’s as Indian as you are and she’s made our country proud on innumerable occasions.
P.S-National Anthem in the end-GOOSEBUMPS!
Oh our Magnificent Mary, you inspire and aspire at the same time.