Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who will soon be making a movie on Indian woman boxing champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom, is very excited to begin working on the movie and said that this movie was a rare experiment.
“It is an inspiring story that touched my heart. Not many films are based on biopics of living people, so this is a rare experiment. I am proud that I am part of this film,” said Sanjay Leela Bhansali to a daily.
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, who became a National hero after winning bronze medal in the recently held Olympics in London, comes from Kom tribal community of north eastern state Manipur. Initially Mary had to undergo few hurdles as boxing was not considered a suitable sport for a woman.
So she hid her passion for boxing and it was only after her victory in the Manipur state women's boxing championship in 2000, her career became public and she started competing at international level at the age of 18.
She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. At the recent London Olympics, the 29 year old was the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the flyweight (51kg) category where she won a bronze.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is producing the movie, said that Mary Kom is an inspiration.
“Even after achieving so much, she comes across as a simple and humble human being. Mary Kom is someone who every single person in India is very proud of. She has come a long way. It's such a wonderful story of her life,” he said.
The movie is directed by Omang Kumar, the art director of 'Black' and 'Saawariya'. It was he who was adamant on making his debut as director with Mary Kom movie and he approached Sanjay Leela Bhansali with the idea. Sanjay Leela Bhansali immediately got on board and decided to produce the movie.
The actress who plays Mary Kom hasn’t yet been decided and zeroing in on someone will be a difficult task. They are looking for a fresh face rather than cast an ‘A’ list actress.
Bhansali, however, feels that whoever is finalized to play Mary part will have to train with her for four months (boxing and posture).