India's boxer woman Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom would be soon seen in an animated avatar as the country’s first female super heroine in an animated TV series.
As reported by DNA India, the TV series, titled Mary Kom Jr will revolve around the fictional school life of an eight to 10 year old Mary Kom in the light of her native Manipuri culture. Other characters of the series will however be kept neutral to appeal to a larger audience across the globe.
Mary Kom herself feels that there is dire need of such shows to educate the young female population about the need and tact of self-defense. "Parents are usually not keen on fighting games for their girl child but with all the crime going around, their eyes are now open and this will help," she emphasized.
Mary Kom thinks that the series is an interesting step to encourage the girl child. "I think it is time to take more responsibility for the girl child. I want girls to be confident, strong," Mary Kom stressed.
The 32-year-old boxer who is also a mother of three mentioned that when she was growing up, her father made her do everything like a boy and the other boys of Manipur village would frown upon her as it never really went down well with them.
"They would discourage me and that was a challenge for me. There is no difference between a boy and a girl," recalled Mary Kom as reported by The Economic Times.
Mary Kom has sealed a licensing deal with ScreenYug Creations owned by Ashish S Kulkarni. Ashish has earlier made popular animation shows such as Little Krishna, Shaktimaan and feature films such as Krishna Aur Kans. He is also the former CEO of Reliance Animation.
The deal will entitle royalty to Mary Kom on global sales of Mary Kom Jr and any merchandise, games, comics, online distribution, story books and e-books that will have associations with it in future.
Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer with the honour to have won a medal in each one of the six world championship.
In 2012, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali signed her up for a biopic on her life in which Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra played her character. The movie was released in the second half of 2014 and was well appreciated. An autobiography co-authored by Dina Serto was published earlier in 2013.
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