Would Sonakshi Sinha's HOLIDAY character pave way for Priyanka Chopra's MARY KOM?

Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
6/11/2014 1:00:28 PM

Business of filmmaking is all about creating characters that would enthrall the audience and encourage them to have a dekho at it once again. Whenever a film has been successful, it is the character enacted that has been the catalyst for success. No wonder film makers strive to present before the audience one such character that would be remembered for all times to come whenever that film is talked about. It is on account of this reason that imitation of such characters is resorted too as well by other film makers and all kinds of efforts are made to release the film before the original is released and world of Hindi cinema is full of such narratives- most celebrated being that of KHOTEY SIKKEY and SHOLAY.


The need for this quest of novelty is more so pertinent in the present times, where audience attention span is of a very short duration. In this context therefore from the time it was announced that Priyanka Chopra would be etching out the character of MARY KOM - arguably most famous female boxer India has produced- in the film of the same name, anticipation has been built around this character. Therefore when portrayal of this character was usurped through HOLIDAY where Sonakshi Sinha is playing the role of a boxer, it indeed underlined the maxim being propagated above of copying a character and releasing the film based on it before the original is to be released. HOLIDAY is a case in point in the recent history where this maxim is going to be repeated after a pretty long time, in the world of Hindi cinema.

While the film is already making a buzz as Akshay Kumar returns to action once again and with a director like A. R. Murugadoss, HOLIDAY would be an out-and-out action film and perhaps in sync with the basic timber of the film the character that Sonakshi is playing has a profuse fusion of action and what better way to do it than to portray her as a boxer! But it is the boxer that is the cause of controversy as Priyanka Chopra is playing the role of a boxer MARY KOM based on the life of legendary boxer Mary Kom.

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The genesis of controversy lays in the fact that Priyanka Chopra was touted as being perhaps the first female actor in recent times to enact the role of a boxer through MARY KOM and whether the impact of the role would be lessened by Sonakshi enacting the same character in HOLIDAY? There is an intense competition between these two stars i.e. Sonakshi Sinha and Priyanka Chopra and this controversy is a by-product of this competition.

However, if one were to look at the positive side of this character portrayal that Sonakshi has done in HOLIDAY, it would perhaps whet the appetite of the viewers to see such a portrayal and for Priyanka Chopra when MARY KOM releases a platform would be laid for her to present perhaps a different side to the character of a boxer.