Film is all about informing and educating people, besides entertaining. Surely the movie Mary Kom gave full entertainment to the audience and therefore won the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment award at the 62nd National Film Awards. There is no surprise in winning the award and film deserved it. The award was the testament for entertaining people. While people in Manipur could not see a Manipuri actress playing the role of Mary Kom in the movie, the Manipuri audience were not disappointed overall.
“Priyanka had to spend a lot of time in learning the language besides boxing. She had to make her accent perfect with great difficulties and used tapes to learn certain words of Manipuri.”
The audience could see Manipur looked like scenes in the movie and hear some Manipuri things. Yes, audience could hear a lot of Manipuri words including slang words in the movie! Although, exact number of words could not be counted due to differences in accent, at least 50 words were spoken. Some Manipuri indigenous names were also used. The words may be more.
Let us check out those words:
1) thomjallo, 2) eromba, 3) hoi, 4) yare, 5) ema, 6) Chaobi lakae, 7) minai macha, 8) sida lao, 9) hingchabi, 10) echa pari, 11) chaoro chaoro, 12) hougatlo, 13) keidoure?, 14) yare yare, 15) thubang, 16) tumin leiyu, 17) tumkin leiyu, 18) kari toure, 19) eche, 20) loirehe!, 21) hougatlo, 22) nungaire nungaire, 23) ngaikhoi ngaikho, 24) tumin leiyu, 25) chama chani chahum, 26) taruk taret, 27) lengganu nakhut thanggatlu, 28) haraore, 29) fammo fammo, 30) eikhoina kare, 31) tapthou tapthou, 32) yengo, 33) pao pajari, 34) naharol, 35) yengo, 36) utlo, 37) hoi hoi, 38) ei lak a, 39) esa soklak kano, 40) halakae, 41) chatkhro, 42) somda, 43) kana, 44) karamba, 45) eikhoina thoire, 46) ngaikho, 47) ema epa, 48) kaida leige? 49) shakth*, 50) th*bang, and 51) huith*.
Learning a language in quick time is not easy. However, the way Priyanka Chopra learnt Manipuri language for her role as boxer Mary Kom and actually spoke in the movie is really appreciable.
“Manipuri is not an easy language to understand, its not like the other languages we are used to hearing in films and Priyanka’s dedication towards learning it is amazing.”
Indiaglitz reported director Omung Kumar saying “Manipuri is not an easy language to understand, its not like the other languages we are used to hearing in films and Priyanka’s dedication towards learning it is amazing. We had to play with the words in a manner that makes them understandable to the audience without them actually knowing the meaning.”
Priyanka had to spend a lot of time in learning the language besides boxing. She had to make her accent perfect with great difficulties and used tapes to learn certain words of Manipuri. So it was a hard work for the newbie.
Director Omung Kumar further said , “We recorded Mary when she was talking Manipuri. Even when she talks in Hindi she has a very sing-song way of speaking and she emphasizes on certain words. The tapes helped Priyanka practice the dialect.”
OK, now our favorite word of the movie was “thomjallo”. What are yours?