Starting her boxing career in 2001, Mary Kom was successful in winning medals for India more than once. Some of the medals by Mary Kom include:
Silver medal in 2001, gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2010 in world amateur boxing championships. In the Asian Women’s boxing championship Mary Kom won silver in 2008, and gold in 2003, 2005, 2010 & 2012 in various categories like Pinweight & Flyweight. Marycom improved her tally winning Bronze in 2010 in Guangzhou. Her other medals include gold medal in 2009 Indoor Asian Games, another gold in 2011 Asian Cup Women’s Boxing Tournment & one more gold in Witch Cup in 2002. Mary Kom’s popularity attained the highest peak when she won bronze in 2012 summer Olympics in London in 51 kg flyweight category.
After winning the Bronze medal, Mary Kom received around Rs.1.80 crores as gift from various governments in India. This medal she won after she got married and after giving birth to 2 children. This point is very important as many Indian women feel that once they are married, they have to settle for household jobs only. Breaking the baseless sentiments, Mary Kom went ahead to clinch more and more medals & popularity.
Seeing the victory, Sanjay Leela Bhansali immediately declared that he would be doing a epic on life of Mary Kom. Accordingly Priyanka Chopra was roped in to play the role of Mary Kom in the movie having the same title. The glamorous heroine had to transform herself a lot before shedding the glamour image and entering the role of a boxer who struggled a lot to achieve her goal.
The recently released first look of the movie Mary Kom received lot of appreciation from many sections of the Bollywood. As there is no high level star cast in the movie, (with exception of story), this movie is releasing on 5th September 2014 to avoid clash with other big Bollywood projects.