Viacom Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions' venture, MARY KOM, a biopic on undoubtedly the greatest ever woman boxer of India, Mary Kom , might not exactly command sky high expectations, yet since SLB Productions have mostly provided popular and memorable music, one does expect the same from the Priyanka Chopra starrer. Music has been helmed by Shashi Suman and Shivamm Pathak with the lyrics department handled by Prashant Ingole and Sandeep Singh. So let's check out whether these lesser known but talented artists have on offer.
North East, read Manipuri (since Mary Kom hails from the beautiful hill state) music commences Shashi Suman's 'Ziddi Dil
' rendered superbly by Vishal Dadlani. The soft rock elements and a nice fresh tune adds to the charm. Lyrics by Prashant Ingole highlight the never say die character of the lead.
One never expected such a lovely romantic number in this album and is pleasantly surprised to come across Arijit's mesmerizing outing in the form of a soft love ballad, 'Sukoon Mila
'. Composer Shivamm Pathak does a great job, choosing a dew fresh, yet easy on the lips tune, and superb arrangements. Lyrics by Sandeep Singh are routine and filmy but they convey the feeling of romance well.CHECK OUT: MARY KOM Songs Lyrics
Shashi Suman's next outing, 'Adhure
', is another number that tugs at the heart with its heartfelt lyrics (by Prashant Ingole) and lovely flowing tune. A sad separation number that talks about broken promises and unsolved problems. The situational number is rendered to sublime perfection by Sunidhi. North East music adds to the somber melancholy charm of the song.
The rock based motivational and inspirational number, 'Teri Baari
' by Shashi Suman, might be cliched in its musical arrangements and lyrics (Prashant Ingole) but the overall effect of the song is good. Mohit Chauhan does a great job.
And it is these scenes that make up for any lackluster performances, tugging at the heartstrings, making you root for this diminutive boxer, who put India on the world amateur boxing map. Another smart move by Kumar is when the audience 'have to stand' in the theatre to applaud Mary Kom as she wins a gold in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Turkey after her comeback.
The sets are in keeping with the sensibilities of the director in mind. He has managed to recreate the magic of Manipur, the house, the fields, the mood with Mary and her parents. The actors who play Mary's parents put in an impressive performance, lending it that authenticity, with a spattering of their native lingo.
Another actor who pushes the narrative forward with his forceful, underplayed performance is Darshan Kumar, who plays Onler. He is the perfect foil, the hero who is the wind beneath Mary's wings.CHECK OUT: MARY KOM dialogues
There are certain 'sugar free' and 'iodex' moments which punch huge holes in the screenplay. Producers will have to be wary of such impediments. If you believe in the subject, produce it with passion; don't make a joke of it by making it an opportunity to promote products.
I doff my hat to Mary Kom the boxer; she deserves every bit of recognition coming her way.
PS: I have seen talented girls in sport lose out because of the lack of enthusiasm from the respective sports federations. One such talented sportsperson I know of is Former India No. 1 squash player Misha Grewal, who went on to compete at the International level with no support from the Squash Body.