Priyanka Chopra‘s hero-giri in Mary Kom just got much bigger. In order to buy time to give the film the global appeal of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag , director Omang Kumar’s Mary Kom will no longer be released on October 2, as per plans, thereby leaving the coast clear for the Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Hollywood remake Bang Bang and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean adaptation Haider.
Mary Kom is a project into which Priyanka has been pouring her blood, sweat and tears. It is now being revamped into a much larger sports bio-pic than before.
Says a source close to the project, “The producers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 took a joint decision last month to postpone the release date so that Mary Kom could be further developed into another Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Viacom had unexpectedly massive global success with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. They are now looking Mary Kom as 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.”
According to a source close to the production team, the project is now being formatted into two different versions, one for the Indian and the other for the international market with the Indian version being longer.
Says a prominent source from the production team, “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.”
Apparently, the decision to pull out of the October 2 slot was taken after seeing rushes of the film.
Says the source, “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.”