" . . . Of course, Mary is a natural boxer. Why else was she fighting people on the streets, after all? So within a few minutes, she's made it into the state team and is winning medals all over the country. Being keenly aware of the need to maintain a work-life balance, she finds the time to eat gol gappa and ride a bike with a gent named Onler (Darshan Kumaar). Ignoring the fact that the chemistry between Onler and her is as crackling as a potato chip that's been left out in the rain, . . ."
Mary Kom doesn’t strive for greatness, and you always know what’s coming, but it’s eminently watchable. It doesn’t make the mistake that Bhaag Milkha Bhaag did – it doesn’t try to transcend the material, do a Raging Bull on a Rocky, which usually ends up looking ridiculous in the Bollywood context. It’s content being a generic Rocky clone, and though the against-all-odds arc is old, the newness comes from the fact that this is the story of a woman, that this is a big Bollywood movie about a woman, that she is a sportsperson, and the sport isn’t cricket, and the place isn’t someplace we usually see. In the first scene, a legend on screen informs us that this is Imphal (Manipur) – when was the last time you saw a film that felt the need to tell us that the events were set in “Mumbai (Maharashtra)”?
I caught up with this on DVD yesterday and found much to like. Sensibly, Mary's character isn't overhyped (as Brangan has remarked upthread vis-a-vis Milkha Singh.) Rather, it tends more towards Chak De, how Indian sports are stifled by officialdom and the huge sacrifices and lack of recognition that every sportsperson other than cricketers must encounter. Obviously it's worse in Mary's case, being a woman. But barring a few scenes that touch on these issues, what comes across, in a grounded way, is a spirited woman who really doesn't waste much time whining about the difficulties she must face. Priyanka does a pretty convincing job, even if her accented Hindi didn't really work for me. But the person I really warmed to is the guy who plays Onler, her husband....what an adorable character! The fight scenes were ok (if you haven't watched Million Dollar Baby, it wouldn't matter). The climax had a heavy Bolly touch, but by then, I had bought into the movie, so I couldn't care. Do watch, it's a sincere and worthy effort if not cinema magic.
dancelover: Finished Madhu, thru the film he is working on today!
Mar 18, 2019 18:52:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Madhu's lists
Jan 14, 2019 20:33:12 GMT
dancelover: Finished lists for Devika.
Jan 11, 2019 19:31:54 GMT
dancelover: beginning Devika, the Telugu-Tamil star.
Dec 31, 2018 14:29:32 GMT
dancelover: Now finished using a new website about Sivaji Ganesan to revise my jodi-lists for him.
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dancelover: I now have 5 of the 6, but The Kapoors is missing pages 327 through 350.
Sept 21, 2018 17:28:57 GMT
dancelover: Ordered 6 books from Amazon-linked stores. Dilip Kumar's autobiography arrived. Using it to x-check my records on him.
Sept 18, 2018 20:04:56 GMT
dancelover: Done Sukumari; now working K. R. Vijaya
Sept 11, 2018 20:48:59 GMT
dancelover: Finally completed Lists for Sukumari. Still must cross-reference.
Aug 22, 2018 14:43:14 GMT
dancelover: While still working Sukumari's lists, I have added several Malayalam writers and lyricists, and filled in much data for others.
Jul 16, 2018 13:59:04 GMT
dancelover: Still doing Sukumari; took time to add Malayalam writer Muttathu Varkey.
May 22, 2018 15:22:01 GMT
dancelover: Finished Girija; now working Sukumari (Malayalam actress).
Mar 26, 2018 15:12:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Girija, a Telugu actress.
Mar 9, 2018 21:53:14 GMT