Dangal Movie Review
Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra
Directed By: Nitesh Tiwari
Produced By: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music By: Pritam
Rating: 4/5 Star (Four Star)
Dangal is the real life story of hard work, passion and dreams of Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), a retired wrestler who had the broken dream of winning a Gold medal for India but couldn’t achieve it. He decides that he will train his son to become a champion. However, Mahavir is blessed with 4 daughters and feels his dream of winning a medal for India lies shattered. Eventually he realises that his daughters are no less and goes on a mission to turn his daughters into wrestlers.
The young girls are unhappy with their new way of life and even try to get out of it. Soon they are trained enough to take on the boys at a local Dangal where Geeta starts to win against the best of trained male wrestlers. Geeta Phogat wins the Gold in Commonwealth Championship followed by Babita Phogat in the following years.
Dangal Movie Review
Dangal is so much more than just the journey of two girls from rural India to international acclaim. The real soul of this story is the pride and passion with which a father empowers his daughters. He devotes his entire being to making them champions. Slowly and steadily his obsession for wrestling glory transforms into love and compassion. He remains stern and yet sensitive to his daughters’ ambitions and emotions. Even when they don’t respect him, Mahavir Singh Phogat continues to be the better man, a stellar father and the hero that Indian stories really deserve.
The first of the film is dedicated to an engaging story where the girls grow up under the tutelage of their father and coach. While the second half explores their journey into the world of international wrestling.
Aamir Khan is the strength, conviction, dedication and genius of Dangal. He takes giant strides as an actor and gives the film the much-needed power. His expressions, body language and the much-talked-about transformation from a fit and fine young wrestler to a pot-bellied, middle-aged father speak volumes. His portrayal of Mahavir Singh Phogat is a masterclass in acting.
Debutants Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, who play Geeta and Babita Phogat, deliver stunning performances. Fatima Sana Sheikh as grown-up Geeta is marvelous. She clearly has undergone immense training for this role and hence pulls off the wrestling extremely well. Sanya Malhotra as Babita does not get a big chunk since the story focuses on Geeta’s journey more, yet she puts up a great performance. Malhotra looks confident and gives a matured debut.
Dangal has everything that you’d ask from the perfect Hindi film. Its inspiring, funny, dramatic, dark, serious, emotional all rolled into one seamless cinematic gem. Must watch film. 4 out of 5 star for this.