Dangal Movie Review
Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Girish Kulkarni, Aparshakti Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Mr Perfect actor Aamir Khan’s Playing the real-life champion wrestler and an estranged father, Mahavir Singh Phogat a wrestler from Haryana, loses hope of having a son, he trains his daughters Geeta Fatima and Babita breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport thus far dominated by men.
In the story department, Dangal Offers few surprises because Geeta and Babita’s historic wins at the commonwealth games and following championships are common knowledge. However this screen adaptation serves as a recap of their arduous journey and it vigorously recaptures their stubborn father resolve to make them professional wrestlers against the odds. Since it encapsulates the historic wins of the Phogats. who brought India Glory, the film is also bound to inspire more women to seriously consider Kushti as a sport.
the 2010 commonwealth games are years away. Geeta Phogat (Zaira Wasim, Fatima Sana Shaikh) has just returned to Balali her village in Haryana, after months of preparation at the National Sports Academy in Patiala. Something about her has changed. She isn’t exactly the same girl her father wrestler (Aamir Khan)Mahavir Singh Phogat trained. she is more confident, ambitious, better skilled and ready to take on the world by storm.
on the other hand the rustic Aamir khan wants to keep things simple. The tough patriarch wants his daughters to remain focused on the elusive international wrestling medals for India. He doesn’t like the way Geeta has been sucked into the new training regime. He thinks his methods are better than the coach’s at the academy.
this is the beginning of war that’s surprisingly physical and abnormally mental. he challenges Geeta for a bout where he would test her newly acquired skills. As absurd as it sounds, the burly former wrestler, indeed fights his own daughter with all his might. he loses and with it, the years of conditioning of women and male domination are thrown out of the window.
It is the early 1980s and wrestlers are treated as local heroes. this is yet not the time for gym-toned bodies and common folks like o believe that wrestlers are physically superior to them on top of that Mahavir Singh Phogat is a former national champion. Now a government servant, Phogat who wears a gold ring and a silver plated watch has a volatile temper and want a son to carry his legacy forward.
such sentiments have already taken Haryana to the wrong side of the gender equality debate by the beginning of the 90s. His apologetic wife Sakshi Tanwar shows how you start liking your oppressor because there is nowhere else to go. Tanwar’s comic timing tries to deflect the focus from her life to the little girls who are forced to fight the local chauvinists because their father has decided to transform them into world class wrestlers.
Mahavir(Aamir Khan) is doing it because he has a dream to fulfil, but the girls have taken up wrestling because they are tired of Cringe worthy men and unrepentant boys. No wonder, they get their first boy-versus-girl fight because the organisers believed ” Agar apbe pe halwa no ko sher se Bhi lada dega toh itne log Nahi aayenge” (You won’t sell this many ticket even if your boys fight a lion).
Geeta face, stride and attitude scream of retribution .she is there to break bones and the proverbial glass ceiling. And she doesn’t need to wear a classy gown but she wears lycra beneath her loose shirt and shorts that leave only her palms and feet exposed. Still, somebody in the crowd blows an obscene whistle. she must win the fight at any cost.
Geeta and her national champion sister Babita know that have got into wrestling with a mission. the win is the only way forward. Geeta and Babita quest to be at the crest of wrestling Daler Mehndi belts out the Dangal title song right here and you feel a similar goosebumps moment that you felt in Rang De Basanti, Lagaan and Chak De India.
But nothing can be perfect so a villain has to be devised it’s a fictional account but a good story in never complete without a strong antagonist. If it was the society in the first half, the wrestling federation takes it over in the second. It gets a bit preachy But it doesn’t matter Aamir and his girls have already won the bout. And this could be Aamir’s best performance till date even better than super hit movie Lagaan. A man making his daughters chase his dream. He cries, frowns ,gets angry looks old and tired but is definitely one of us. It’s not just his pride, It’s yours as well.