News|August 21, 2012 10:35 am

Bhansali to make a film on Mary Kom’s life

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next production will be a film based on the life of Olympic medal winner, boxer MC Mary Kom. Art director Omung Kumar who worked with Bhansali on Black and Saawariya will helm the film.

Omung approached SLB with a detailed script based on the life of the boxer after getting the required permission. Sanjay confirmed that he liked the fact that Omung had done his homework; was actually inspired by Mary’s life and was in awe of her much before she went for the Olympics, rather than it being an afterthought following her victory. Not only that, Omung had met her a year ago and had also got her to agree to the film.

Sanjay further confirmed that,

Omung brought the script to me a month before the Olympics. Mary Kom has made India proud. I was moved by her story. She is a mother of two, has been through so much struggle, has tremendous spirit and a sense of living and dignity and is now a World Champion. She has what it takes to make a great champion. An Indian woman boxer is rare. It will be an exciting film to produce and I am very happy to do it.

He added that while he has still not met Mary Kom, he would do so on August 23 in Mumbai.

Omung’s directorial debut goes on floors at year-end or early next year. Casting is undecided and Sanjay knows that this would be the tough part for this film. The actor would need to look like her, be able to go through the grind, and have the aura of a champion. Mary Kom is a person who does not speak English well, but she speaks from her heart, and the actor needs to have this quality.

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