Few months without any articles, just because not being in-the-mood to write. And then ‘Dangal’ happens! Probably the best Indian Movie of the Year 2016, according to me. In a year which was dominated by the Khans and Kapoors, the debate on who was the best of the lot is pretty much easily settled with this wonderful film directed by Nitesh Tiwari.
‘Dangal’, the name of the movie means a ‘Wrestling Competition’. The movie is a biographical sports drama on former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat. The plot revolves around how the two children are trained amidst all the mighty odds stacked against them. The two young wrestlers, eventually grow up to win the national and international titles making his old father proud. Also, Geeta Phogat becomes the first Indian Woman Wrestler to win Gold at an International Competition. Babita Phogat, following the footsteps of her elder sister, too scripts history winning an International medal for herself.
The film starts showing the National Level success of Mahavir Phogat and his inability to continue pursuing his passion due to financial reasons. Thus, he wants to train his son into a very successful wrestler in the future. But, against his wish, the Phogat clan gives birth to four daughters. When Mahavir almost lost hope, his older daughters, Geeta and Babita come home after beating up two boys. Mahavir realizes his daughters have the potential to become wrestlers. And the rest of the story is about how these two young prodigies are trained to become world-beaters.
The Casting of this film is top notch, as is evident with the stunning performances of each one of the characters debuting with this film. Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar (young Geeta and Babita) were way ahead of their ages. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as Geeta and Babita respectively, simply nailed their characters with relative ease. The performances of the young and the older versions of Omkar by Ritwik Sahore and Aparshakti Khurana deserves a special mention.
However, Aamir Khan with his sensuous emotions and gaining/losing weight to portray the character of Mahavir Singh Phogat captivates us all. He gained 30 kg and weighted 98 kg to play the role of the older Phogat, then lost the weight to play the younger role. This shows his determination to perfectly enact the character by working ultimately hard.
The other technical aspects of the film takes a back seat as the performances of the lead cast are simply flawless. Not to forget, the carefully rendered screenplay makes us never bored in spite of the length of the film (161 min). Cinematography, Editing, Music and the Directional aspects too works out pretty well to make this film as one of the top grossing movies of the year! The stats says it all as the film raked in a pretty humongous INR 4,600,000,000 (460 Cr) worldwide, in its first 9 days since premiering.
Without doubt, Dangal beats Sultan hands down with much of the emphasis shown on wrestling rather than on the other unwanted elements. Surely, a movie to watch out in the theaters with your pals or family or even alone, as you just can’t afford to lose out on watching this tremendous movie. 😉
Director – Nitesh Tiwari
Writer(s) – Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra, Nitesh Tiwari
Music – Pritam Chakraborty
Editing – Ballu Saluja
Casting – Mukesh Chhabra
Costumes – Maxima Basu
Producer(s) – Siddharth Roy Kapur, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan – as Mahavir Singh Phogat
Sakshi Tanwar – as Daya Kaur
Fatima Sana Shaikh – as Geeta Phogat
Sanya Malhotra – as Babita Phogat
Aparshakti Khurana – as Omkar
Zaira Wasim – as Young Geeta
Suhani Bhatnagar – as Young Babita
Ritwik Sahore – as Young Omkar
Girish Kulkarni – as Coach Pramod Kadam
IMDB Rating – 9.2/10
My Rating – 9.4/10
*With insights from imdb.com & wikipedia.org