Vinayak Chakravorty of India Today stated, “It is the sort of make-belief that would seem amateurish even by a school-level play standard. The very Punjabi Priyanka tries her best to impress as Mary Kom, freckles on her face duly added by the make-up artist. She misses a boxer’s body language in the ring sequences and manages a purely Bollywood heroine’s routine in the scenes outside it.”
I do read the critical receptions of the Indian newspapers, magazines and news channels, whichever available, before writing my views on a film, not to copy from them, but to see who all agree to my viewpoint. Many of the critics gave Mary Kom 4 or 5 stars out of 5. However, it did NOT reach the full marks category. The above mentioned short analysis of Vinayak Chakravorty almost sums up my recapitulation.
She didn’t give her fullest and it looked like a typical Indian, emotional film. I would’ve recommended Priyanka Chopra to watch Bhaag Milkha Bhaag before shooting for this film and probably should’ve taken a few tips from the proficient, Farhan Akhtar, who trained intensely for 13 months for that film. He had to have two looks in the film, the bulky and the lean look. Here, Priyanka couldn’t even pull off one. She did train, but it sure wasn’t enough.
I would also agree to Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times who stated “Mary Kom is made for whistles and some quick money.” Well, it is all about money nowadays. Sure, MC Mary Kom got a lot of recognition which she deserved at the time she actually won all those gold medals. It was as if that the director Omung Kumar is back to his old job doing everything in 1 minute as from a TV show he used to host, a decade ago. Everything is fast paced in this film. Look, it is a BIOPIC of a sports personality, everything must surely be shown in detail.
Omung has given his input as an art director, production designer, set decorator to the Bollywood film and television industry and this is a good career boost but he should remove the rapidity from his direction a little bit. Or shall I blame the screenplay and story writer, Saiwyn Quadras? Darshan Kumar portrayed the character of her husband very well. Lastly, Priyanka Chopra is a good actor but I don’t think she can outdo her role in Barfi with a better role, at least not with this one.
P.S: In some of the scenes, every prop needed is placed at a very convenient position for use. Ah, Bollywood! Grow up already?