Watching Mary Kom with Our Ears Wide Open.
If Music is the soundtrack to life the songs of the movie Mary Kom does justice to it. Beginning with its signature song Ziddi Dil to the soothing lullaby Charo, the latter sung by none other than Priyanka Chopra, in which she excels. The songs almost narrate the yet to be released movie perfectly.
The energetic song Ziddi Dil manages to encapsulate the entire theme and story of the movie. How women with stubborn passionate hearts can overcome all obstacles; fight against all odds and create history. What Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger was to Rocky III starring Sylvester Stallone in the ring, Ziddi Dil is to Mary Kom.
While Adhure, complements Ziddi Dil, its melody and melancholy, reveals the other side of the story, the thin line that separates struggle from futility: The line that heroes need to transgress and survive. It is the song every struggling hero needs to live for a song like Salaam India to follow. The latter being a patriotic song that salutes victory and pays tribute to both the Country and Mary Kom.
The romantic track Sukoon Mila shows yet another side of the story – a gentle love story in making. Powerful and melodic it is a very nostalgic track, which made Mary Kom’s husband K Onler Kom recall his teenage years, in tears. If that is not moving, nothing is.
Real life sadly doesn’t have a soundtrack. But if it did for the many marginalized women across India who have similarly fought against all odds to establish their own USHA Silai Schools, we believe it would be something like that of Mary Kom. Perhaps some of them are listening to these very songs as they stitch their lives together over their sewing machines.