Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:39 am

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Six life lessons from 'Mary Kom'

One of the best parts about Priyanka Chopra’s upcoming movie, “Mary Kom” is that it is based on a true story – i.e. the life of boxing champion Mary Kom.  It is very rare when a movie in India is centered around a powerful strong female character.  However, the timing is perfect for India as the women’s movement has been growing.  Women in the nation are making their presence felt.  So, it is the right time to release a film that celebrates feminine strength in an all new way. Emotionally charged, powerful and infinitely inspiring, ‘Mary Kom’ is out to set new standards for the women of India. The movie has been generating buzz months in advance of its release date (Sept 5th).  Check out some of the life lessons to keep in mind form this fantastic flick!

#1 – ‘Fight Like A Girl’ is the way to go!

In a fight of strength and muscle, the weaker fighters have conventionally been told that they ‘fight like a girl’. The reference is to a popular belief that women cannot put up a tough fight because they are weak. ‘Mary Kom’ shuts down such arguments with an unarguably firm conviction.

#2 – Strong women can be stunning too!

It may be hard to believe that the hardcore woman, who rules every fight she gets into, can also make your heat skip a beat with her beauty, but ‘Mary Kom’ can help you believe it. The woman drills fear into hearts of the viewers while she’s fighting in the ring. Yet somehow, ‘Mary Kom’ as a white veiled bride is sure to make your heart skip a beat.

#3 – You haven’t lost till you quit trying

The film’s music itself is enough to make you pick yourself up after a fall and push harder than you did before. One of the greatest life lessons we learn from ‘Mary Kom’ is that winning isn’t just about scoring the most points; it is also about getting up and going on.

#4 – #BeingWoman redefined!

Indian women battle stereotypes on a daily basis. It is said that women can only rise up to the limiting glass ceiling, and sadly, most women find it difficult to break through. But that hasn’t discouraged ‘Mary Kom’ from making a mark in a male dominated field. ‘Mary Kom’ breaks barriers on many levels.

#5 – Obstacles cannot stop the determined

Fighting off social norms is no easy task, and Mary has emerged through multiple restrictive social norms as well as disfavouring political conditions. Her story only proves that no obstacle can hinder uncompromising determination.

#6 – Perseverance always pays off

Among the reasons behind ‘Mary Kom’s incredible achievement is the fact that she gave it everything she had. We’ve seen times when Mary is pulled down by situations and commitments, but then she rises above it all. ‘Mary Kom’ trained and brought back every last ounce of the spirit and physique she had as a world champion, only to immortalize her name in the books of history.

Mary Kom’, the film is a based on the Indian Boxer and Olympic Bronze medalist MC Mary Kom. Depicting her life, struggles, family and her perseverance to be the best – Priyanka Chopra stars as the titular character, Mary Kom.  There is no doubt that this is one actress who can do justice to such a power packed role.  Also in the film are Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa, Shishir Sharma and American actor Zachary Coffin. Directed by Omung Kumar, ‘Mary Kom’ is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is scheduled for release on September 5, 2014.

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