Director Omung Kumar, who is looking forward to the release of 'Mary Kom', says he has tried to keep the story real despite taking creative liberty to depict the boxing champion's life story on celluloid.
Priyanka Chopra plays the role of the Olympic boxer M C Mary Kom. "It wasn't so difficult to replicate Mary because she is an open book... we followed her and replicated her life exactly as she has said. She has seen the film. I think creative liberty is not a bad thing... it is about how we take the scene ahead. She (Mary) has seen it and loved it," Omung told reporters here last night at the music launch of the film.
Priyanka who essays the role of Mary in the film said the Manipur boxer fancied a song and dance in the movie. "We have dramatized the romance and singing and she (Mary) enjoys it. She asked me if I am dancing in the film and I said people will kill me if I dance. She said she is a good dancer. So can you imagine Mary Kom doing 'Desi Girl' (popular track from 'Dostana').. that is what she wanted me to do in the film," Priyanka said.
The makers have portrayed several incidents that happened to Mary exactly the way she narrated them to the writers. "We have tried to bring 10-12 years of her (Mary) life on screen within two hours and within that we have taken few liberties.
But otherwise the film is a close depiction of her life," Priyanka said. Directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the biopic also stars Danny Denzongpa, newcomer Darshan Kumar among others. The film is scheduled for release on September 5.