'Mary Kom' declares tax-free in Uttar Pradesh

Good news keeps coming in for the team of ‘Mary Kom’. Recently the government of Maharashtra had made the film tax free in the state and now India’s biggest state Uttar Pradesh has followed suit. The biopic starring Priyanka Chopra has been made tax-free in the state of UP.

An official spokesperson of the UP government said in a statement, "As the movie is based on life of boxer Mary Kom, it will be an inspiration for women of the state, the CM has decided to exempt it from entertainment tax".  The drama based around the sport of boxing, depicts the life of the Olympic bronze medal winner Mary Kom. It is scheduled for release on 5th September . It is co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 motion pictures. It has been directed by Omung Kumar.  Apart from ‘Mary Kom’ Rani Mukerji starrer ‘Mardaani’ and the low budget drama film 'Katiyabaaz'  were also recently exempted from tax in Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka Chopra who portrays Mary Kom onscreen has said in an interview, “We did not want to imitate her. We are making a Hindi film and we wanted the reach of the film to be wide. I am speaking a lot more in Hindi than Mary speaks and not in Manipuri. And I knew my face would never look like her we did prosthetics and lot of test. I don’t look like Mary. I don’t have the features like her, but I have given blood and soul for this film to make sure I represent Mary’s spirit and her personality to the best of my ability.” The choice of Priyanka Chopra to play the 5 time world champion boxer has drawn criticism from some quarters but Mary Kom herself has said that Priyanka is the correct choice to play her in the film.   

It was only announced few days ago that Maharashtra government has made the film tax-free. On that occasion, Priyanka Chopra had said, "It is wonderful news. We have a compelling story to tell of a strong, determined woman who has done the nation proud. It is our tribute to all the unsung sports people who give so much to see the Indian flag flying high. If this can act as a catalyst of hope for them, then its something we can all be proud of." Sanjay Leela Bhansali also said through his spokesperson that the tax free status will encourage audience to recognize and support the spirit of the film.