it. The moment you do, it becomes Bollywood melodrama. Feature films that are based on real events are distinctly different from documentaries: the treatment makes it so. And just as documentaries are not necessarily dry, there is no need for features to be revved up with faux drama.
Now medal-winner Mary Kom’s life and achievements are about to be made into a film. Tell me, how much are you hearing about the boxer in the build-up? All the manufactured buzz is about Priyanka Chopra who is playing her. How she’s prepping, how much weight she will have to lose, and how she will train: that is the narrative, but whose is it really? Once the film is on the screen, will the real Mary Kom come through?
The time has come for the audience be made an ally in this attempt: try us, why don’t you?