Mumbai, August 29: Veteran film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to make film on ace Manipuri boxer and Olympic bronze medalist M C Mary Kom.
Mary and her husband Onlear Kom air dashed to Mumbai on Wednesday to hold a discussion with Bhansali on the proposed film. "We are thankful to Bhanshali for his sincere vision to make a film on my life. We hope the proposed film would go a long way to show that the tiny state of Manipur has huge sports potential to the world," said Mary.
The five-time world champion is from the remote northeast state of Manipur.
Bhansali, who has been planning the film for a year, described the boxer as an "inspiration to every Indian woman".
"I am very impressed with the way Mary Kom is leading her life with so much conviction and courage. We'll start working on the film very soon. I haven't decided on who will play her role," Bhansali told the BBC.
Bhansali's assistant Omung Kumar, who researched Mary Kom's life and wrote the script, will direct the film.
Last Sunday Mary, along with three other Manipuri Olympians - L Devendro (boxing) Laishram Bombayla (archery) and Ng Sonia Chanu (weight-lifting) - were accorded a reception by Manipur government in Imphal. The state government has rewarded Mary with Rs 75 lakhs, two-acres land in Imphal and a promotion to the rank of superintendent of police.