Both films delivered path-breaking performances and received accolades for direction.

Dangal

As people looked to lift their holiday spirits from the gloom of demonetization in December, along came Santa with a bag full of Dangal. There he stood, our ever-so-reliable ‘Mr. Perfectionist’ Khan with his gut jutting out and his chest beaming with confidence and pride, ready to wrestle the crowds back into the theatres. Riding the movie sleigh along with him were four power-packed elves – Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh – they all deliver knockout performances.

Dangal is the true tale of a relentless father Mahavir Phogat and his two gritty daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat. It dictates their path-breaking contribution to women’s wrestling in India.

Nitin Tiwari directs a technically sound film – on par with the best of Hollywood. Dangal has been embraced by audiences worldwide grossing over a whopping 2000 crore; thereby becoming the highest grossing Hindi film of all time.

Nil Battey Sannata

Directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Nil Battey Sannata is a rare film that detracts from the movie going experience and delivers a slice of life. The story of a mother and her relentless efforts towards enabling a better life for her daughter is an ode to motherhood. And even as the film articulates the ever so demanding job – along with the fret and fluster that it comes with – it does so without expecting any empathy in return.

The mother and daughter’s tryst with Maths as a subject is an anecdote to how equally challenging and gratifying both Maths and motherhood can be. The film in turn taps the importance of education in India without preaching it.

Swara Bhaskar and Pankaj Tripathi shine in their career defining roles as Chanda and Principal Srivastava respectively. Debutant director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari curiously captures the joys and cries of the simple life and beautifully reflects it onscreen.

The story is full of fun and ‘real’ emotions. Anyone and everyone can find a ‘relate’ factor here. The film has been praised for its production, narrative, realism and performances. More so, its sensitive handling of the subject matter.

Nil Battey Sannata forces you to forget the follies of life and dive right into experience. For the love of all that’s simple, watch it!

-Varun Kumar | Enterapped