Inspired from life and picked from the pages of history, Dangal is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters, Geeta and Babita. This biographical sports drama upholds the extreme dedication and sacrifice needed for sports and the fight against the norms of the society which tries to hold its daughters in restraint. Set in the backdrop of Haryana (the state from which the Phogats belong), the film not only promotes equal rights and status for girls in the society but also ascertains that they are a section more than capable and equally comparable to the opposite sex given the right chances. On the surface, it is the story of the making of the world class wrestlers – Geeta and Babita – against all odds.
An 8.8 scorer on the IMDb and a ‘Super Hit’ on the Box Office, Dangal has all the traits of a marathon runner in the film industry. A strong storyline, casts that fit in the exact measure that the characters demand, the unfolding of the story with sheer simplicity yet absolute sincerity and finally the hearty and relaxing soundtrack – all of these come together to make Dangal into one of the greatest Bollywood films of our time.
Amir Khan deserves five stars for putting in his efforts into making Dangal a complete joy for the audience. Shedding all the glamour of a super star, Amir moulds himself into an overweight, ex-wrestler and villager; a father of four. He also successfully carves himself into the disposition of an ageing father without a streak of doubt in the audience’s mind. Not only his looks but Amir does justice even with the character that he plays and the emotions that he unfolds.
Zaira Wasim (young Geeta) and Fatima Sana Shaikh (grown up Geeta) are speckless in their individual renditions. So are Suhani Bhatnagar (young Babita) and Sanya Malhotra (grown up Babita) who support Geeta’s on screen unfolding with beauty. Sakshi Tanwar, as always, makes her presence felt much silently in her clipped role of Mahavir’s wife and mother to the girls. Kind at heart, as a mother always is, yet thoroughly supportive of her husband, Sakshi does most of her acting through her eyes. Aparshakti Khurana in the character of the cousin Omkar is the bearer of comic relief. Dangal’s success greatly lies on the apt selection of the casts.
Last but not the least, the soundtrack of Dangal calls for special applauds. The fierceness of dedicated practice loaded on the feeble shoulders of the little girls by their strict father is beautifully humoured by the song ‘Haanikaarak Bapu’. ‘Gilehriyaan’ another beauty in itself enfolds softer emotions of a young girl and unfolds her life in the National Sports Academy. Heart wrenching ‘Naina’ by Arijit voices the rift between father and daughter and successful evokes strong emotions.
Dangal is one such film which has won the hearts of the Indians and the foreigners, the critics and the jury alike and has secured not only acclaim but also awards on different platforms.
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Producers: Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan, Siddharth Roy Kapur