Dangal movie review: A story of determination and success
In the pockets of Haryana, ‘honour killing’ and murdering new born baby girls are still practiced by the locals.
The story of Dangal is based on the real-life story Haryana wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan), a failed wrestler but a caring husband and father of four girls. He trains his two daughters, Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra), in the art of wrestling and eventually turning them into winners. Consequently, breaking the distasteful taboo of Indian women participating in wrestling, a sport dominated only by men. A strong feminist statement about girls being the equal of boys.
Geeta and Babita later won at the Commonwealth Games.
What works perfectly for Dangal is the writing. Director Nitesh Tiwari, along with Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra, has done justice to the film by giving the audience several poignant father-daughter sentimental sequels for the movie.
Music director Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya managed a great soundtrack with Daler Mehndi’s title track. The Gilheriyaan, the Haryanvi rap and hip-hop Haanikarak Bapu and the Dhakaad are perfect tracks with a story.
Dangal is a straight-forward movie about wrestling. We get familiarized with the `akhara’ and the `daanv-pench’ (moves), used by the skilled wrestlers to triumph over their tough foes.
The movie is marked with exceptional performances by the cast. A bloated Aamir (22 kilos heavier) with grey hair is a perfect cast that plays the role of a ‘ziddi’ and a sensitive father. .
Sakshi Tanwar, as his wife, has managed a well-balanced role. The debutantes, Fatima and Sanya, are this year’s best discoveries.
The 51-year- old actor should be complimented for experimenting with his roles.
The film has a meaning with a message. It is a brilliant combination of dreams, emotions, determination and success. Go ahead, watch it!
Since the movie illustrates the historic win of the Phogats, the film is bound to inspire more women to consider ‘kushti’ as a sport.
The film has a meaning with a message. It is a brilliant combination of dreams, emotions, determination and success.
Go ahead, watch it!