The film opens with Mangte Chungeijang Kom (Priyanka Chopra), heading towards the hospital with her husband Onler Kom (Darshan Kumaar). Onler is mistaken for an insurgent and beaten when he tries to find a vehicle despite a curfew. The film then shifts to a flashback with Kom, finding boxing gloves in the remains of an air crash in 1991, which prompted her interest in boxing despite her fathers disapproval. During an early fight, she chases a boy and ends up in a boxing gym. After realising Narjit Singh (Sunil Thapa), coach of the gym, and of the Asian champion Dingko Singh, Kom tells him about her boxing aspirations.
He asks her to visit the gym for the next thirty days and says that he will only teach her if she is deserving enough. She starts visiting the gym, informing her mother but not her father. Days pass but her coach does not enquire about her. Due to Koms dedication and stubbornness, Singh starts training her, suggesting she change her name to Mary Kom.After winning the state level championship, her father confronts her for keeping about her involvement in the sport from him.
Her father asks her to choose between him and boxing: she chooses the sport. Kom has to fight a wrestler to arrange money to get her household cow back, which is where she meets the footballer Onler Kom.After watching her victorious 2002 Womens World Amateur Boxing Championships match on television, Kom reconciles with her father, who apologises to her for not understanding her passion for the sport. Meanwhile, Onler proposes to her and agrees never to ask her to quit boxing. After she wins the 2006 Womens World Amateur Boxing Championships, Kom agrees to marry him; however, her coach shows his unhappiness towards the decision.
After the marriage, Kom gets pregnant and gives up her career to look after her family.Kom gives birth to twins and applies for a government job. However, she refuses the position of a police constable, feeling that as a world-champion boxer, she is above that. It devastates her to learn that people no longer recognise her. Onler encourages her to revive her boxing training.
She joins the gym again, leaving her husband to look after the twins at home. Her coach is still upset about her decision to marry, but Kom makes a comeback in the National Boxing Championship. Despite performing better than her opponent, she loses the match due to the apparent partiality of the judges. Kom throws a chair in anger towards them, resulting in a ban. She later writes an apology letter, and the official accepts it, not without insulting her.
Kom then asks Coach Singh to train her, as she thinks that he is the one who can get the best out of her. He starts training her with gruelling activities and she reaches the finals of the 2008 AIBA Womens World Boxing Championships. Meanwhile, Onler Kom informs her about one of her children having ventricular septal defect. In the subsequent fight, Kom fails to defend herself. After a knockout punch from her opponent, Kom hallucinates about her husband and children in the audience.
She regains her strength and fights back, winning the 2008 Womens World Amateur Boxing Championships. On the podium while accepting the medal, she learns that her sons surgery was successful and she is given the nickname Magnificent Mary. The film ends with the Indian flag waving and the Indian national anthem.
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Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
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