Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:45:48 GMT | By PTI

It is a rare experiment, says Bhansali on Mary Kom film

Excited about making a movie on Indian woman boxing champion Mary Kom, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali says it is a rare experiment that he is taking up.

It is a rare experiment, says Bhansali on Mary Kom film (© Varinder Chawla)

"It is an inspiring story that touched my heart. Not many films are based on biopics of living people, so this is a rare experiment. I am proud that I am part of this film," Bhansali, who is producing the film, told us.

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, the ace boxer who is lauded as a national hero after winning the London Olympic bronze, has become a source of inspiration for Bhansali to make a movie based on her.

Belonging to Kom tribal community of Manipur, Mary initially tried to hide her interest in boxing from her family, since it was not considered a suitable sport for a woman.

After her victory in the Manipur state women's boxing championship in 2000, her career became public and she started competing at international level at the age of 18.

The 29-year-old is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. At the recent London Olympics, Mary was the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the flyweight (51kg) category where she won a bronze.

"Even after achieving so much, she comes across as a simple and humble human being. Mary Kom is someone who every single person in India is very proud of. She has come a long way. It's such a wonderful story of her life," Bhansali said.

The makers wanted to keep Mary in the loop regarding the project, hence she came to the Film City early this week and agreed to have a film made on her life.

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