CBFC Rating: U
Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Duration: 2 hours 41 minutes
When Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan signs a film, it tends to become the most awaited movie of the year. Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal made up for all that waiting, after watching all the other crappy movies this year. Boy, trust us when we say you can’t miss this one!
Mahavir Singh Phoghat (Aamir Khan) is a National-level wrestler who aimed at winning a gold medal for India in Olympics. However, a lack of resources and support force him to give up on his dream, He hopes a son could make his dream come true. Destiny, as is the case often, has something else in store for him. His wife (Sakshi Tanwar) ends up giving birth to four daughters. He is heart-broken initially, until the day he realises that his daughters Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra) are no less in strength than men. He then trains them to make history in India, as female wrestlers.
Dangal is a great movie, with an amazing cast, perfect screenplay, and wonderful music. But it’s also arguably the best movie of the year. Bayside Journal tells you why.
Dangal Is about Father–Daughter Relationships
Initially, Mahavir may come across as selfish for forcing his daughters to follow what was essentially his dream. As the film progresses, it becomes apparent that his dream may not be entirely selfish. While all the girls in the whole of the village learn to cook and prepare for marriage, Geeta and Babita undergo training for an impossibly big dream. The father–daughter relationship in the film is built so beautifully, that you feel the love, the pain, and the bonding that they share. Keep a lookout for the akhara scene between Mahavir and Geeta after she becomes a national champion.
Dangal Makes a Strong Feminist Statement
In a patriarchal society, such as ours, the film takes a step forward and makes a strong feminist statement. The movie makes a clear point as Mahavir says, “Mhaari chhoriyaan chhoron se kum hain ke?” When Mahavir strives to make wrestling champions out of his daughters, he is ridiculed. Villagers taunt him, and make fun of him, his daughters as well as his wife who couldn’t bear a son. But nothing stops him or his girls. The story of the Phoghat sisters is all about breaking taboos and establishing themselves in the field of sports and especially wrestling, something that is traditionally considered to be a masculine sport.
Dangal Gives You the Desi Akhara Feel
The film is crafted so well that you can actually experience the earthy feel of the akhara, pehalwani, dhobi pachad, and dangal. You also understand what all it takes to become a national-level and an international-level wrestler.
Dangal Guarantees You Goosebumps
Few movies make you emotionally invested in the screenplay, and those get rarer by the day. Dangal will make you laugh and cry, and even induce you into praying for the character until the very end. There are moments when you are bound to get goosebumps, when your eyes are glued to the screen, and you cannot move at all. That’s how engaging this movie is. Look out for the scene in which Geeta calls up Mahavir and breaks down after losing several international matches; it is tremendously moving.
Dangal Evokes Patriotism in You
This is the only movie that makes you want to stand up for the national anthem twice. The first time you stand for the national anthem in a movie theatre is a compulsion, while the second time you stand is your choice that you will want to make happily. It’s after a long time that you actually root for the characters and feel happy for them when they win. There was as much anticipation off-screen as there was on-screen, when Geeta faced an opponent. It was amazing to see people whistling and applauding when Geeta wins the first two matches. And the epic moment, when Geeta wins the gold in the Olympics and the whole theatre stood up in respect when the national anthem played. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
Dangal Is Not Aamir Khan’s Movie and That’s A Good Thing
Kudos to Mr Perfectionist for not stealing the limelight. He is only in the frame when the story strictly requires him to be. Debutantes Fatima and Sana have ample screenplay time for themselves, which makes Dangal their movie as much as Aamir’s. Fatima as a young Geeta has done a marvellous role and one can clearly see the amount of training she had to undergo to portray this character as well as she does. Sanya has a smaller role as compared to Fatima but she leaves an imprint on the viewer’s mind with her acting skills. Sakshi Tanwar looks apt for the role and has played her character very well too. She is a perfect wife and also a strong one who has the strength to question her husband’s greed for a gold medal and for ruining her daughters’ lives. Aparshakti Khurrana, who is actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s brother, plays Mahavir’s nephew and has done a pretty decent job. He clearly knows how to make people laugh. Pritam’s music syncs very well with script, complimenting the scenes in an apt manner. And Aamir Khan! The more you say about him, the more you will fall short of words. No one in the industry gets into the skin of a character like Aamir Khan, and he proves it yet again with Dangal. Mahavir will be another character people will remember him by in the years to come.
Refill your popcorn and go for a loo break only during the interval.
Don’t you dare miss it! This is the best movie of 2016.
Dangal is neither Sultan nor Chak De but a brilliant movie that stands no comparison. The director could have turned the story into a masala flick, but he keeps it real, which makes Dangal so wonderful to watch. No one could have told this story better than Nitesh Tiwari. He keeps it real, simple, focusedm, and yet lets you experience an emotional roller-coaster ride. Get ready to clap and applaud when the movies end. Box office, get ready as Mahavir says, “Bahut ho gayi pehalwani … ab dangal hoga.”
Watch the Dangal trailer here: