This Saturday after seeing Kabukicho Love Hotel, I stuck around and was wowed by Mary Kom. The way the film was shot, the acting skills the characters displayed, and the overall story had me so enthralled into the plot, that I felt I was transported to India and was watching this woman’s life in fast forward. Mary Kom was an incredible film and I think my favorite of the festival.
Mary Kom is about the life story of a Chuneizung, a woman from India who grows up to become a world champion boxer. The story follows her life from finding a boxing glove in the rubbish, to her starting a family, and getting back into boxing.
The thing I liked the most about the film was the story is not just Chuneizung training to become a boxer. There are so many conflicts she endures throughout her life that unfold onscreen. I think this is extremely effective, because it makes it more realistic to life and we feel heartfelt empathy for her. Throughout the film, the audience is taken through a roller coaster of emotions; the evident sexism angers us when Mary tries to get into boxing initially, we get a sigh of relief and excitement when her father finally accepts that his Chuneizung is now M C Mary Kom when he breaks his stone face against boxing and cheers along at the TV, we feel the chemistry and love between she and her husband and his sweetness “giving her diabetes,” as well as the unconditional mother’s love she has for her sons, and how their struggles reflect on her own self. As an audience member, I love being able to feel what the characters feel, and Mary Kom most certainly did that.
The only downside I found in the film was it started out with Mary and her husband struggling to get to the hospital, so that she could deliver a baby. However, even though the film had an additional flashback later on of this scene, I would have liked to see more of this in the end. I wasn’t entirely sure if this pregnancy was with her twins or with a new child, because of the violence that was occurring during those scenes, but not evident when her twins were born. Despite my slight confusion with this aspect, everything else came full circle in the plot and it even ended with pictures of the real Mary Kom.
The story was powerful, the acting was incredible, and life lessons and motivational inspiration were apparent. Overall, I thought Mary Kom was a knockout! *boxing bells ringing*