Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Suhani Bhatnagar, Zaira Wasim, Aparshakti Khurrana, Ritvik Sahore, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Story:Dangal Movie Review
Mahavir Singh Phoghat (Aamir Khan) is a National level wrestling champ who is forced to give up his sporting dream to earn livelihood for his family. His only dream is to see his son fulfill his wish of winning a Gold medal for India.
While Mahavir is striving for a son, fate has something else planned for him as his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) gives birth to four daughters. A heartbroken Mahavir, gives up on his dream with no son in the picture.
After picking a fight with local lads, Mahavir’s elder daughters, Geeta (Zaira Wasim) and Babita (Suhani Bhatnager) hit the boys black and blue. After receiving complaints from their family, Mahavir realizes that his daughters are no less than men and starts to train them for wrestling.
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.
Thus begins Geeta and Babita’s journey from State to National to finally the Commonwealth Games.
Performances:Dangal Movie Review
The performances are riveting and the visuals are stunning. The wrestling sequences are brutally realistic and were shot so well. Aamir Khan proves yet again why he is called Mr. Perfectionist. He only plays a guiding role here and lets the girls who play his daughters in the film take the center stage on most occasions. Not sure how many stars of his caliber would attempt to do a role like this. And the amount of effort that he has put in this film to gain weight and look old and then to lose weight to look like a real wrestler and that too for a flashback portion that hardly travels for 10 minutes, he deserves a bag full of appreciation.
But let’s not forget the show stealers, Fatima Sana Shaikh (Geeta) and Sanya Malhotra (Babita), the girls who played Aamir Khan’s daughters. They showed great intensity and grit when it came to the wrestling sequence and also performed equally well when they had to enact an emotional scene. Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, who played the younger version of Geeta and Babita made their screen time count as well. Nitesh has extracted some great acting from all the supporting artist too. Not a single frame looked amateurish.
Technical aspects:Dangal Movie Review
Dangal is adequately supported by three technicians, Pritam (Music), Sethu Sriram (Camera) and Ballu Saluja (Cuts). All three did their job picture perfect. A heartwarming music, a camera that had captured wrestling like never before and an editor who stood as an unsung hero.
Finally, we have a film that talks about the real struggle of a wrestler. How much they had to lose to win a medal for the nation? People who watch this film might never take wrestling as their profession, but one thing is for certain, the respect for the sport will undoubtedly increase.
Verdict:Dangal Movie Review
Aamir Khan’s Dangal has its heart in the right place. An incredible script and powerhouse performances leave you impressed.
[ Reviewed after a special preview show on Wednesday, Dec 21st. Movie releases on Friday, Dec 23rd. ]