‘Mary Kom’ declares tax-free in Maharashtra

The Priyanka Chopra starrer biopic ‘Mary Kom’ which is set to release on 5th September has received a big boost ahead of its release. The film has been declared tax-free in Maharashtra by the state government. The film is based on the life and career of Mary Kom, an Olympic medal winner and five time amateur world champion boxer. The film has been co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures and directed by Omung Kumar.

The news has naturally brought happiness to the people involved with the film. Priyanka Chopra who is playing the titular role said upon receiving the news, "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." The actor had earlier said, "For me work is worship, I don't compare it with money. I do lot of hard work (for my films). If I get money, great, otherwise I will do a film like this only (free)."

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures said, "We are grateful to Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and government of Maharashtra for lending their support to the film. This exemption right from release day will allow large segments of society to experience the spirit of magnificent Mary." The spokesperson of Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said that the tax free status will encourage audience to recognize and support the spirit of the film.

The film was earlier given a U/A certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The decision made the makers disappointed as it would have restricted some portions of the audience. But the CBFC finally re-considered their decision and the film was issued 'U'certificate. Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “Awesome! ‘U’ certificate! Family movie #MaryKom,”. Director Omung Kumar posted “Mary Kom gets a ‘U’ certificate. More reach to us”. 

However in a twist of fate the film may not release in Mary Kom’s own state of Manipur. Since 2000, extremist organizations have put on a ban on the screening of Hindi films and TV shows in Manipur. They attacked cinema halls showing Hindi films. Mary Kom is currently in talks with the government so that the film can get released.