Review for the movie: Dangal (Hindi) [English: Wrestling Match]
Direction: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat
Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Shobha Kaur, wife of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Fatima Sana Shaikh as Geeta Phogat, daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Zaira Wasim as young Geeta
Sanya Malhotra as Babita Kumari, daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat
Suhani Bhatnagar as young Babita
Girish Kulkarni as Coach Pramod Kadam
Plot: Like many people, an amateur wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat is forced to forgo his passion to take up conventional job in order to support his family. But, this never stopped him to be away from the sport. He and his wife Daya Shobha hope for a boy child as his wish of winning a Gold for India din’t come true and the same had to be won by their son. As always, luck has something else in store. He is blessed with girl child one after other and he ends up having 4 in the house, yet no boy. Thus he gives up his dream, thinking that girls are not for wrestling and should only be taught household chores. To a twist, soon when his elder daughters, Geeta and Babita come home after beating up 2 boys, Mahavir realizes his daughters can become wrestlers.
Thus begins the Strict life of Geeta and Babita as they get trained hard by father to ready to enter the Dangals, wrestling against men and overcome social odds. The girls with having to sacrifice lot of fun and frolic at such young, take up the wrestling without any option. But as days pass by, they gather interest and enjoy the sport. From winning the local Dangals, they move level by level up winning tournament after tournament to reach National and International arena. The portray of their journey along with Mahavir’s strive to make his daughters win Gold medal for India runs for a whole 160minutes.
My Say: Great moves to a winning Dangal!
I entered the theatre with an empty slate and had lot of things to take back home. The movie is directed brilliantly by Nitesh and the production house has ensured to bring in all best possible. Be it cast, music or other technical departments, they have delivered to bring out a heart touching story. Dialogues are crisp and humourous, the acts are simple and sensible, music gels completely with the strong storyline. Similar to his previous movies, this movie of Aamir too takes each person on a roller coaster ride of high doze emotions. The movie very well depicts Mahavir’s dream, passion and courage filled with determination. Not only is that a wholesome encouragement for us to lead our life, but also are the sacrifices, hardships and other key elements which Geeta and Babita have experienced will boost the morale of each present generation Boys and Girls. Success doesn’t come served on a Golden Crockery, it needs to be earned. Life has so many obstacles thrown at us, but very few win over them all. At the end of the movie, I’m sure each one is inspired by the real heroes Mahavir, Geeta, Bibita and the entire family and fraternity who supported them to achieve what they are today.
Go to your nearest theatre and watch it right away, this is not a movie which you should give a pass!
PS: Few instances are created to bring out the movie is a different perspective and portray few elements and these instances are not from the real life and bares no resemblance to any individual.