Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘Mary Kom’, produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has had its release postponed, BizAsia has come to know. It was originally meant to release on 2nd October, along with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Bang Bang’ and Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Haider’.
The latest buzz suggests that ‘Mary Kom’ is now being made into an even bigger biopic than was initially planned. After watching the first rushes of the film, makers decided to opt out of the 2nd October release. A source told Bollywood Hungama, “The producers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 took a joint decision last month to postpone the release date so that Mary Komcould be further developed into anotherBhaag Milkha Bhaag. Viacom had unexpectedly massive global success with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’sBhaag Milkha Bhaag. They are now lookingMary Komas the female counterpart of Milka Singh’s bio-pic. The global appeal of Mary Kom is much more contemporary than Milkha. While Milkha Singh’s bio-pic was retrospective in structure, Mary Kom is being made even as the real-life Mary Kom prepares for the next Olympics”.
“The version for the Indian market would have songs and more scenes showing Mary Kom’s home life. These up-gradations in the original design of Mary Kom would take time. We’re in no hurry to complete the film anymore,” said a source in the film’s production team. It is thought that there are now two versions of the film being made, one for India and one for the international market.
A source continued, “There is a lot more being added to the film now. Director Omang Kumar has asked Priyanka to spend a lot more time with the real Mary Kom. The second-half of the film is being made much more dramatic and powerful. And the fights in the ring would be to die for.”
No doubt this will be a film memorable for not only Chopra but perhaps also for Indian cinema.
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