The schedule will now avoid a clash with Hrithik-Katrina starrer “Bang Bang” and Shahid Kapoor’s “Haider”.
“Mary Kom” is now being revamped into a much larger sports bio-pic than before.
A source close to the project said, “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”. The global success of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag prompted the makers to take this move. 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.”
“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”, said a source from the production team.
The source added, “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.”
The decision of Mary Kom Release date was taken after seeing the first rushes of the film.