Mary Kom Movie Review

Friday, September 5, 2014
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Rating:5/5 Review By:Subhash K Jha Site:IANS
"Mary Kom" is a motivational masterpiece. From first frame to last it grips your senses and irrigates the parched corridors of your heart like very few biopics in recent times. Priyanka's powerhouse performance knocks the breath out of our solar plexus. She yet again proves herself the best actress of her generation. Hereafter there will be an eternal confusion about whose face goes on the hoardings announcing Mary Kom's boxing events. PC or MC?
Rating:/5 Review By:Deepanjana Pal Site:Firstpost
Omung Kumar's Mary Kom is a bland film that quickly becomes boring because there's no tension in the story. But it has Priyanka Chopra. That was enough for those who financed the film because they believe that's all you, the audience, want. Perhaps it will be enough for you too, but if you're interested in Kom's real story, read Unbreakable. The autobiography Kom wrote may not be comprehensive or literary, but it is more honest, brave and fun than the film made in her name.

Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Prathamesh Jadhav Site:India
Priyanka breathes fire into the role very few actresses can pull off. Darshan Kumar as Mary’s deeply supportive and unconditionally loving husband K Onler has done a commendable job. He takes a backseat with his subtle and nuanced performance to allow Priyanka’s character to flourish at the center-stage, thereby avoiding the clash of two equally powerful performances-which is, the most basic need of the plot. Sunil Thapa who portrays Mary’s coach has got the right mix of aggression, domination and empathy. Mary Kom may not be the most brilliantly designed movie but it has its heart at the right place. It may not entertain you in the most exciting or thrilling way, but the earnest performances from the actors and the sincerity shown by director Omang Kumar with his craft of direction and storytelling definitely calls for a deserving round of applause.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Bollywood Hungama News Network Site:Bollywood Hungama
MARY KOM is definitely worth a watch. The icing on the cake is that the film has been made tax free, something that should help the film in pulling the audiences to the theatres, besides the word of mouth. Go for it.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today
The best part about the film is the casting. Priyanka Chopra has worked hard to get into the skin of the character and it shows. In fact it's tough to imagine any other Bollywood actress to pull it off the way she has. Even her coach played by Sunil Thapa and her husband in the film, actor Darshan Kumar put in sincere efforts from their side. Director Omung Kumar managed to get great performances out of these actors but didn't manage to pump in soul in the legendary tale of an Indian boxer who is a world champion. Mary Kom's story is a great one and we all know that. The film falls short in doing justice to Magnificent Mary.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Meena Iyer Site:Times of India
Mary Kom is Bollywood's answer to the Oscar-winner Million Dollar Baby (2004), where Hilary Swank plays an amateur boxing champ trained by Clint Eastwood. But the similarities are only because the protagonists in both films are female boxers. The intention is definitely not to ape. One star in the rating is definitely reserved for Priyanka. She may not have transcended the physical attributes of the diminutive Mary in the actual sense (except adding a few obvious freckles to her face and slightly drooping eyelids), but she has brought the boxer to life convincingly enough, leaving you rooting for her, long after the end credits roll. Omung has a tight check on the proceedings post-intermission. The emotional tracks between the boxer and her father (Robin Das), and Mary and her husband Onler (Darshan Kumar), leave you misty-eyed. But the main reason why Mary Kom appeals is because it doesn't just give you a ringside view of boxing; it leaves you rooting for our sportsmen who have put India on the world map.
Rating:/5 Review By:Sneha May Francis Site: Emirates247
Priyanka evidently has worked hard in the boxing ring, and in the gym, perfectly chiseling out the body of a boxing star. However, she’s unable to shrug off her luminous personality and fit into the simple life of Mary Kom. Apart from the jarring dissimilarity in physical features, Priyanka is unable to sincerely own Mary’s life. Probably, a lesser known actor would have gone a long way in lending credibility to Mary.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Lokesh Dharmani Site: Masala
The film shows Mary Kom’s real struggles; like a pair of torn, tattered shoes during her practice (awww so sad!). Once she is not even recognised by a young girl who claims to be her big fan. (Tch, what kind of a fan is she, hmph?) Not only this, Mary’s labor lasts for hours till the doctors finally decide to go for a C-section, the kind of struggle that err… a lot of the women face worldwide. It’s this simplistic narrative that trivialises the inspiring sportsperson’s story and her real struggle.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Kusumita Das Site: Deccan Chronicle
The film is rich in insights though, into the lives of forgotten champions. At the peak of her career Mary gets married and before long becomes a mother of twins. Her boxing career seems to have had its curtain call. To support her family, she tries to look for a job and we see a three-time gold medallist getting offered the job of a hawaldar. Then there’s another scene where a little girl who wants to grow up to be “Mary Kom” doesn’t recognise her idol sitting right in front of her. Subtle touches showing how Mary’s name lives on even as her face is forgotten.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
Mary Kom is not an unbearable film but it is largely unwatchable. It was painful to see the most hardworking sporting star of India being reduced in a film that is a caricaturish blend of Chak De! and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Obviously I went in with far too many expectations but this film isn’t an heartfelt attempt at film-making. If you at all decide to watch the film, do so for Priyanka who upholds the unbreakable spirit of Mary Kom in its most pristine form. When everything else scrambles apart, Chopra courageously puts in better than her best foot. I wish the story could give both Chopra and Kom their dues. Sadly magnificent Mary loses herself in the maleficent trappings of Bollywood floss.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Rohit Vats Site:Hindustan Times
Priyanka Chopra is in her elements and is the force behind the film. Leave aside her North-Indian features; she portrays the character with all her energy and talent. Her physique, her expressions and perfectly timed pauses give her the power to hold the audience till the climax of the film. Many of us would have problems with her accent but she does whatever she could, in capacity of the lead actor, to make Mary Kom an entertaining film. Darshan Kumaar is natural and Sunil Thapa is furious. You may miss picturesque landscapes of Manipur as most of the film is set inside indoor stadiums, but the editors have done a fantastic job. The premises keep changing before you go out for snacks. The tempo of the film is also acceptable, provided you take it as just another Bollywood ‘masala’ film.Everything said and done, it’s good to see a mainstream Hindi film with a protagonist from the North-East, that too a woman, a champion though.


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